GRDC Research Partners Survey

The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) fully appreciates the importance of developing and maintaining effective working relationships with its research partners and conducts the Research Partner Survey on a regular basis to ensure this is occurring. In the past a comprehensive study has been conducted every 2 to 4 years, but KPI data is now required annually. GRDC has decided to run an abbreviated version 2 years out of 3 (including 2014), with the full version run every third year.

The 2014 survey explores issues relating to research partners’ perceptions of the relationship, GRDC’s performance as an investor in research, GRDC’s project processes and administrative requirements, communication of research results as well as confidence in the research industry’s future.

Data and trends for the survey are collected in two stages. A quantitative component consisting of 300 Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI) is conducted among middle managers, supervisors, researchers and administrators and a qualitative component consisting of 18 in-depth interviews with senior executives from research partner organisations. Respondents represent a variety of organisation types including CSIRO, Departments of Agriculture and other public bodies, universities, CRCs, grower groups, consultancies and service providers.

Data was collected during May and June 2014, with respondents selected randomly from lists provided by the GRDC. Similar to previous surveys, response rates are extremely high, with only a relatively small number of people refusing to participate, typically due to their workloads during the survey period.