Monitoring Society and Social Change

Oshrat Hochman

Dauerbeobachtung der Gesellschaft

+49 (621) 1246-153

Oshrat Hochman

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:

German Microdata Lab – GML

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.

Center of Excellence Women in Science – CEWS

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.

Team Survey Programs

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.

Survey data are regularly collected in the following national and international survey programs:
  • ALLBUS (German General Social Survey)
  • CSES (Comparative Study of Electoral Systems with members from over 50 countries)
  • GLES (German Longitudinal Election Study)
  • ISSP (International Social Survey Programme with members from over 50 countries)
Our research focuses on the survey programmes and covers topics in both methodological and substantive research.

The central themes of our work and research are:

  • Methods of survey research in population surveys
  • Data quality in the Total Survey Error Framework, particularly non-response bias
  • Cross cultural research, especially of background variables
  • Methods of political science (qualitative and quantitative research), especially comparative study of electoral systems
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different panel designs
  • Health inequalities in Europe