Programme for the International
Assessment of Adult Competencies

PIAAC Pilot Studies on Non-Cognitive Skills

The PIAAC Pilot Studies on Non-Cognitive Skills were designed to test the measurement properties of nine personality scales – the Big Five, Traditionalism, Self-Control, Self-Efficacy, Honesty/Integrity, Socio-Emotional Skills, Intellectual Curiosity, Job Orientation Preferences and Vocational Interests. Eight of these nine scales are existing scales (or combinations of scales) available for use in public domain. The scale assessing socio-emotional skills was developed by an expert group. The full formulations of items in all scales including different forms/test conditions of scales are presented in the data documentation below.

This study was conducted in two phases, each with a somewhat different study design. The objectives of the online survey were the following, to test: 1) The measurement characteristics of the selected scales; 2) The relationships of the selected scales with background and other characteristics of respondents; 3) different item formulations – original vs. simplified; 4) Different response options – with or without a neutral/middle category; 5) Scales with different item formats – multiple choice vs. forced choice (voc. interests scale); and 6) The new balanced scales (in comparison with the original unbalanced scales).

ZA6940: Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), English Pilot Study on Non-Cognitive Skills

Data collection period

June 2016 - July 2016

Available since

August 2018

Target population

16- to 65-year-old adults

Sample size

5910 (First phase) / 1606 (Second phase)

Instruments

Background questionnaire and personality scales: Big Five, Traditionalism, Self-Control, Self-Efficacy, Honesty/Integrity, Socio-Emotional skills, Intellectual Curiosity (only first phase), Job Orientation Preferences and Vocational Interests

Main topics of Background QuestionnaireSocio-demographic characteristics; Economic and wellbeing indicators; Quality control questions
CountriesUnited States (USA) and United Kingdom (UK)

Further documentation

Study description

Codebooks (Phase 1 / Phase 2)

Design schemes (Phase 1 / Phase 2)

Item bank

Data access

PIAAC data via GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK)

(directly to the document: "ZA6940_PIAAC_DataDistributionContract.pdf")

CitationOrganisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2018). Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), English Pilot Study on Non-Cognitive Skills. Data file version 1.0.0 [ZA6940]. Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi: 10.4232/1.13062

This study was designed with following objectives: 1) Testing the measurement characteristics of selected scales; 2) Testing the cross national comparability of selected scales.

ZA6941: Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), International Pilot Study on Non-Cognitive Skills

Data collection period

January 2017 - March 2017

Available since

August 2018

Target population

16- to 65-year-old adults

Sample size

6924

 

Instruments

Background Questionnaire; the Big Five, Traditionalism, Self-Control, Self-Efficacy, Honesty/Integrity, Socio-Emotional skills, Intellectual Curiosity, Job Orientation Preferences and Vocational Interests

Main topics of Background QuestionnaireSocio-demographic characteristics; Economic and wellbeing indicators; Quality control questions
CountriesGermany (DEU), Spain (ESP), France (FRA), Japan (JPN), Poland (POL)

Further documentation

Study description

Codebook

Questionnaires

Item translation

Data access

PIAAC data via GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK)

(directly to the document: "ZA6941_PIAAC_DataDistributionContract.pdf")

CitationOrganisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) (2018). Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), International Pilot Study on Non-Cognitive Skills. Data file version 1.0.0 [ZA6941]. Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi: 10.4232/1.13063