Programme for the International
Assessment of Adult Competencies

German PIAAC Scientific Use Files

We provide several datasets regarding the German PIAAC Main Study via our GESIS Data Catalogue. The German PIAAC Scientific Use File (SUF) "PIAAC, Germany – Reduced Version" [ZA5845] for research purpose and off-site access (Download). In addition two extended Scientific Use Files: "PIAAC, Germany – Extended Version: Regional Data" [ZA5846] as well as "PIAAC, Germany – Extended Version: microm Data" [ZA5963], which contain detailed small area information, for on-site access at our GESIS Secure Data Center.

The SUF complements the German Public Use File (PUF) and can also easily be merged with the PIAAC Public Use Files of other countries in order to perform cross-country analyses. The User-Guide (844 kB) gives a brief overview of the German PIAAC SUF and information necessary for doing basic analyses using the PIAAC data.

The German PIAAC Public Use File excluded certain variables (for example some of the national adaptions) and did not release some variables in all the available detail. The majority of the variables were suppressed or coarsened to adhere with national privacy legislation. The German PIAAC Scientific Use File includes many of the suppressed variables and also releases other variables in full detail (e.g. age or income).

ZA5845: Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany - Reduced Version

Data collection period

August 2011 - March 2012

Available since

March 2014

Target population

16- to 65-year-old adults

Sample size

5465

PIAAC instruments

Background Questionnaire; computer-based and paper-based assessment in the domains literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments

Main topics of Background QuestionnaireGeneral information about the household and respondents; educational attainment and participation in further education; labour-force status and employment; skill use at work and in daily life; readiness to learn and volunteering; participation in social life

Region

Germany

Further documentation

Technical Report (5,8 MB)

User Guide (824 KB)

Codebook (454 KB)

Background Questionnaire (1,9 MB)

Data access

PIAAC data via GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK)

(directly to the document:ZA5845_PIAAC_DataDistributionContract.pdf“)

Citation

Rammstedt, B., Martin, S., Zabal, A., Konradt, I., Maehler, D., Perry, A., Massing, N., Ackermann-Piek, D., & Helmschrott, S. (2016). Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany – Reduced version. Data file version 2.2.0 [ZA5845]. Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi: 10.4232/1.12660

This data set provides further detailed regional information, which were excluded from the regular PIAAC Scientific Use File (SUF) „PIAAC Germany - Reduced Version“ due to national data privacy legislation.

ZA5846: Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany – Extended Version: Regional Data

Data collection period

August 2011 - March 2012

Available since

June 2016

Target population

16- to 65-year-old adults

Sample size

5465

PIAAC instruments

Background Questionnaire; computer-based and paper-based assessment in the domains literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments

Main topics of Background QuestionnaireGeneral information about the household and respondents; educational attainment and participation in further education; labour-force status and employment; skill use at work and in daily life; readiness to learn and volunteering; participation in social life

Region

Germany

Additional regional information

District code ("Kreiskennziffer"); municipality code ("Amtlicher Gemeindeschlüssel"); municipality type / BIK region; classified size of the political municipality; number of sample point

 

Further documentation

Technical Report (5,8 MB)

User Guide (824 KB)

Codebook (20 KB)

Background Questionnaire (1,9 MB)

Data access

PIAAC data via GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK)

(directly to the document: “ZA5846_data_access.pdf“)

CitationRammstedt, B., Martin, S., Zabal, A., Konradt, I., Maehler, D., Perry, A., & Helmschrott, S. (2016). Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany - Extended version - Regional data. Data file version 1.0.0 [ZA5846]. Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi:10.4232/1.12560

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This data set provides further contextual information, which were excluded from the regular PIAAC Scientific Use File (SUF) „PIAAC Germany - Reduced Version“ due to national data privacy legislation.

ZA5963: Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany – Extended Version:  microm Data

Data collection period

August 2011 - March 2012

Available since

December 2017

Target population

16- to 65-year-old adults

Sample size

5465

PIAAC instruments

Background Questionnaire; computer-based and paper-based assessment in the domains literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments

Main topics of Background QuestionnaireGeneral information about the household and respondents; educational attainment and participation in further education; labour-force status and employment; skill use at work and in daily life; readiness to learn and volunteering; participation in social life
Region

Germany

Additional contextual information 
  • Type of residential area,
  • Number of private households and businesses,
  • Sociodemographic and -economic characteristics related to social status, unemployment, family structure, number of children, life phases, confessions, share of foreigners or ethnic composition,
  • Mobility with regard to the relocation volume, relocation balance, population fluctuation, short and long distance relocations,
  • Affinity towards fundraising, communications and print media,
  • Sinus Geo-Milieus®,
  • Purchasing power at the level of street sections.
 
Further documentation

Technical Report (5,8 MB)

User Guide (824 KB)

Codebook (52 KB)

Background Questionnaire (1,9 MB)

microm handbook (only available at the SDC)

Data access

PIAAC data via GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK)

(directly to the document: “ZA5963_data_access.pdf ")

Citation

Rammstedt, B., Martin, S., Zabal, A., Helmschrott, S., Konradt, I., & Maehler, D. (2017). Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany - Extended version - microm data. Data file version 1.0.0 [ZA5963]. Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi:  10.4232/1.12926

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