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Survey Operations

In the area of Survey Operations, basic and application-oriented research is carried out on various questions of data collection and survey design. Topics include the design of online and mixed-mode surveys, data linkage, use of geo and paradata, field control and interviewer effects as well as interview training.

Research topics, which are investigated in particular on the basis of the GESIS Panel as well as the research projects carried out in the team, are for example:

  • Panel recruitment
  • Sample refreshment
  • Incentives and response rates
  • Nonresponse
  • Machine learning
  • Push-to-web strategies in mixed-mode surveys
  • Responsive and adaptive designs
  • Performance-related motivation of interviewers
  • Determinants of successful interviewer training
  • Identification of counterfeits in surveys
  • Determinants of Interview Effects
  • Mobile Surveys
  • Data Linkage
  • Response behavior and social desirability
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  • Schneider, Silke L., Verena Ortmanns, Roberto Briceno-Rosas, and Jessica M. E. Herzing. 2019. "Messung und Kodierung von Bildungsabschlüssen in computergestützten interkulturellen Umfragen: Eine Bilanz." Gemeinsame Tagung der Arbeitsgemeinschaft sozialwissenschaftlicher Institute (ASI) und der DGS-Sektion „Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung“: Empirische Sozialforschung in Zeiten der Digitalisierung – Methodische Konsequenzen neuer Technologien, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Köln, 2019-11-16.
  • Ackermann-Piek, Daniela. 2018. Interviewer effects in PIAAC Germany 2012: Dissertation, Universität Mannheim.
  • Braun, Michael, and Timothy P. Johnson. 2018. "How should immigrants adapt to their country of residence? : A mixed methods approach to evaluate the international applicability of a question from the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS)." 2. In Cross-cultural analysis: methods and applications, edited by Eldad Davidov, Peter Schmidt, Jaak Billiet, and Bart Meuleman, 615-632.
  • Rammstedt, Beatrice, Silke Martin, Anouk Zabal, Susanne Helmschrott, Ingo Konradt, and Débora B. Maehler. 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.
  • Perry, Anja, Susanne Helmschrott, Débora B. Maehler, and Ingo Konradt. 2017. User guide for the German PIAAC Scientific Use File. GESIS Papers 2017|23.