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Survey Instruments

Our research on Survey Instruments aims to increase the quality of measurement in surveys. Thus, we develop quality-tested data collection instruments, adapt existing instruments for their use as German-speaking instruments or we harmonize different instruments. We investigate the effects of questionnaire design in different modes of data collection and examine response styles. Furthermore we look at the response process by using behavioral data produced by eye tracking systems. So we are able to generate knowledge about these important cognitive processes.

Exemplary research topics are:

  • Harmonization of data collection instruments
  • Measurement of occupation in cross-cultural context
  • Development and validation of short scales for non-cognitive skills
  • New methods of cognitive pretesting, e.g. web probing and eye-tracking
  • Effects of questionnaire design on quality and equivalence of measurement
  • Relevance, structure and determinants of acquiescence
  • Estimation of reliability and validity with Structural Equation Models
  • Selection of items by means of Ant-Colony-Algorithms
  • Items & Scales

    Research tested items and scales or request us to develop new ones for your research project

  • Socio-structural variables

    Consulting on the measurement of socio-structural characteristics

  • Survey Instruments

    Consulting on questionnaire design, item and scale development, socio-structural characteristics and questionnaire translations

  • Translations

    Consultation on the translation of multilingual and international questionnaires

  • Rammstedt, Beatrice, Silke Martin, Anouk Zabal, Ingo Konradt, Débora B. Maehler, Anja Perry, Natascha Massing, Daniela Ackermann-Piek, and Susanne Helmschrott. 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.
  • Rammstedt, Beatrice, Silke Martin, and Débora B. Maehler. 2018. "Coverage of the migrant population in large-scale assessment surveys: Experiences from PIAAC in Germany." Third Policy Forum on Learning from Data at the OECD, 12.02.2018.
  • Nießen, Désirée, Clemens Lechner, and Daniel Danner. 2018. "Erfolgreich in die Berufsausbildung: Die Rolle der Persönlichkeit für den Übergang von der Schule in die Ausbildung." 6. Tagung der Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF) in Basel, Schweiz, 16.02.2018.
  • Hoyle, Larry, Louise Corti, Arofan Gregory, Agustina Martinez, Joachim Wackerow, Eirik Alvar, Noemi Cabrera, Damien Gallagher, Tobias Gebel, Jani Hautamaki, Arja Kuula, Steven McEachern, and Cornelia Züll. 2013. "A qualitative data model for DDI." DDI Working Paper Series 2013. doi:
  • Lenzner, Timo. 2018. "Gutachten für Sociological Methods and Research." Anzahl: 1.