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 International Survey Team is part of the Department of Monitoring Society and Social Change (DBG) at GESIS and supports three international survey programs, namely the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), the European Social Survey (ESS), and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES). Across the three survey programs, our tasks involve different activities associated with questionnaire- and survey-design, survey implementation in the German context, and data management, maintenance, as well as documentation. The team also hosts the Secretariats of the ISSP and the CSES studies (the latter in conjunction with the Institute for Social Research, Michigan). The Secretariats are responsible for the management, and coordination of the international programs, project promotion, event organization, and liaising with collaborators.
Our team is also committed to international and comparative research in a range of areas:
CEWS Center of Excellence Women and Science is the national hub for realization of equal opportunities for both women and men. 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 works on its tasks and goals by means of:
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.
Our core task is to conduct and support the development of social science survey programs and to perform tasks for the "integrierte Daten- und Erhebungsinfrastruktur" (IEDI). 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: