International Summer School for Survey Methodology and Data Management in Uganda

Team: Dr. Marlene Mauk
Leader: PD Dr. Simone Haasler
Scientific unit: Department Knowledge Transfer, Team Training


In Sub-Saharan Africa, skills and capacities to collect, process, archive and analyze survey data and provide data services are not very well developed. The International Summer School will support the development of data and method skills of East African researchers and data experts to effectively work with existing survey data and generate new data. The focus lies on, but is not limited to, data in the fields of the social sciences and related disciplines like, for example, education and public health. Thereby, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences will share its expertise of survey methods and data management with Ugandan, Tanzanian and Kenyan partners to enhance their local capacities for the development of data skills and data infrastructure. In particular, the project will enhance local capacity and expertise to

  1. collect and process data;
  2. analyze data and foster data-based research;
  3. reflect on issues related to data management and infrastructure in East Africa; and
  4. support practitioners and researchers to use data for teaching and informing local and international actors for policy making in Africa.

Based on cooperation between GESIS and a network of East African universities and stakeholders, the capacity building initiative will organize and deliver a two-week summer school with about 60 participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Germany.


The project presents a unique opportunity to facilitate the exchange of data expertise between African and German researchers and practitioners. Follow-up activities that will help build-up competence and capacity in East African countries to provide data services and to participate in international surveys are planned.


01.05.2020 – 30.04.2021

Sponsored by


Muteesa I Royal University, Uganda