Monitoring societal developments is a central objective of the social sciences. The department supports social research in this endeavor by providing various resources suitable to describe and analyze social change. Additionally the department supports German universities and research institutions in their effort to realize gender justice by providing extensive information and consultation on this topic, as well as the evaluation of measures employed in this area.
The department consists of the following teams:
The German Microdata Lab (GML) is a service provider for researchers working with microdata from German and European official statistics. The tasks of the GML are to improve information about these data and access to them. It provides a service infrastructure for users including detailed data documentation, training for data users and user conferences. Furthermore the GML takes a mediating role between official statistics and the empirical social sciences and carries out its own research projects on questions of social structure, inequality and demography.
CEWS Center of Excellence Women and Science is the national hub for realization of equal opportunities for both women and men in science and research in Germany. CEWS serves as a think tank for this political field, offering impetus for new ideas, initiating processes of change in support of science as well as actively creating and engaging the necessary transfer processes between science and politics. CEWS staff posses comprehensive know-how in the areas of: social science research on equal opportunity for men and women in science; policy consultation; knowledge transfer; and monitoring and evaluation of equality measures in science.
Our core task is to conduct and support the development of social science survey programs. The team is part of the Monitoring Society and Social Change department. The comparative surveys establish well-known high quality standards with regard to their content as well as their methodological rigor.
The central themes of our work and research are: