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Integrated Survey and Data Infrastructure

GESIS is a well-established provider of survey-based research data for the social sciences. With respect to this expertise, GESIS was asked by the scientific communities to facilitate additional national and international data collection efforts.

Since 2017, the Integrated Survey and Data Infrastructure provides a reliable and long-term perspective for funding and conducting these important social science studies. The Integrated Survey and Data Infrastructure provides relevant, high-quality research data to the communities.  The data collected by the studies that are part of the infrastructure enable researchers to analyze short and long-term trends and changes in attitudes, values, behaviors, and the German social structure in a comparative perspective. By that, the data allow answering pressing societal questions.

The scientific communities have the opportunity to contribute to the studies that are part of the Integrated Survey and Data Infrastructure. To ensure this important exchange between the scientific communities and the studies, four Study Coordination Groups have been created (see below for more information). In addition, a Standing Committee was created (see below for more information) to support GESIS in achieving integrative goals and realizing synergies as part of the new infrastructure.

The Integrated Survey and Data Infrastructure includes several studies. These studies will be further developed by realizing substantive and methodological synergies as part of the infrastructure:

ALLBUS - German General Social Survey
CCS - Comparative Candidates Survey
CSES - Comparative Study of Electoral Systems
ESS - European Social Surveys
EVS - European Values Study
GLES - German Longitudinal Election Study
ISSP - International Social Survey Programme

In addition to these core studies, further large-scale population studies are associated with the Integrated Survey and Data Infrastructure:

FReDA - Family Research and Demographic Analysis

PIAAC - Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies

The representation of the scientific communities, support in integrating the different studies and the collaboration with both GESIS' Advisory Boards is detailed in an Agreement of Procedures. (177 kB)

GESIS conducts the studies, which are part of the Integrated Survey and Data Infrastructure, as a service to the respective scientific communities to facilitate high-quality open-access research data. By being represented by the four Study Coordination Groups (CG) the scientific communities contribute directly to these studies. The Study Coordination Groups meet at least twice a year and give advice on methodological aspects and content.


Prof. Dr. Bettina Westle (Speaker)

Prof. Dr. Katrin Auspurg

Prof. Dr. Christoph Bühler

Prof. Dr. Andreas Hadjar

Prof. Dr. Steffen Hillmert

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rosar

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Wagner

Prof. Bella Struminskaya, Ph.D. (Speaker)

Prof. Mick Couper, Ph.D.

Marcel Das, Ph.D.

Prof. Tom Emery, Ph.D.

Prof. Joe Sakshaug, Ph.D.

Prof. Vera Toepoel, Ph.D.


CG GLES CG International Surveys

Prof. Dr. Sigrid Roßteutscher (Speaker)

Prof. Dr. Marc Debus

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Faas

Prof. Dr. Harald Schoen

Prof. Lena Hipp, Ph.D. (Speaker)

Dr. Heiko Giebler

Prof. Dr. Axel Franzen

Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kritzinger

PD Dr. Daniel Seddig

Dr. Karin Schuller

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Weßels

Prof. Dr. Christian Welzel

All members of the CGs are experts in their respective fields. Members are elected and represent their respective scientific communities. In addition, scientific communities can contribute to the development of the studies by other means (e.g. Open Calls for Questionnaire Modules).

The integration of studies is supported by the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee ensures an exchange of information between studies and consults GESIS and its advisory boards with respect to the further advancement of the studies. The speakers of the Study Coordination Groups are members of the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee exchanges annually with the GESIS User Advisory Board on the development of the studies and integrational efforts. The GESIS Scientific Advisory Board may send one delegate to this meeting