News de_DE GESIS Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:56:02 +0100 Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:56:02 +0100 GESIS news-4398 Thu, 07 Feb 2019 11:01:28 +0100 methods, data, analyses, Vol 13, No 1 (2019) published! Social Desirability Bias in Surveys – Collecting and Analyzing Sensitive Data

Guest Editors: Ben Jann1, Ivar Krumpal2, Felix Wolter3

1 University of Bern, 2 University of Leipzig, 3 Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

Studying social phenomena and social problems often involves measuring and analyzing behaviors or attitudes that are sensitive in several ways. Topics such as delinquency, substance abuse, sexual issues, xenophobia or homophobia may oblige survey respondents to self-report information about very private issues or to report that they have acted against social or legal norms. Hence, survey participants could fear negative consequences of violating social desirability (SD) norms or of a disclosure of their private information to third parties. As cumulative empirical research has shown, this prompts respondents to engage in self-protective behavior when answering sensitive survey questions, namely by providing untruthful and biased answers or by refusing to answer at all. This systematic misreporting or nonresponse leads to biased estimates and poor data quality. At the same time, research about sensitive topics and norm-violations is of particular interest for the social sciences and public discussions likewise. This special issue of methods, data, analyses with seven papers has the ambition to contribute to the contemporary debates this field. It provides various important contributions to both theoretical and practical challenges in the research on sensitive questions.

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news-4370 Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:10:37 +0100 First issue of the Open Access Journal MISS published “MISS – Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences” is a tested, high-quality outlet for measuring instruments in empirical social research. MISS offers a platform for the publication and dissemination of measurement instruments on important constructs across disciplinary boundaries (e.g. sociology, psychology, educational sciences, political science, economics) and countries and also enables measurement instruments to be made freely accessible due to open science standards.  

Tested measuring instruments are central to profound scientific knowledge as they form the basis for information from empirical surveys. GESIS has identified a fundamental need in the scientific community for the publication and reuse of collected measurement instruments and has created the journal "Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences". MISS focuses on general society surveys. All submissions are reviewed twice anonymously.

In the first issue you will find articles from the areas "International Adaptation Of Measurement Instruments" and "Content Type: Validation Of Measurement Instruments".

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news-4326 Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:20:47 +0100 First DataDay at GESIS in Cologne Researchers meet journalists at the first DataDay at GESIS in Cologne. We offer a varied program for the data journalists: On the one hand, they will get an overview of the data treasures of the Research Data Centers (RDC). On the other hand, they will be able to carry out own analyses after the participating in the workshops. Data analysis will be useful for their journalistic work. 

As the largest European infrastructure for the social sciences, we host various quantitative data within our Research Data Centers (RDC) including a wide range of valid data sets on social and political attitudes and behavior, elections and education.

With the DataDay, GESIS aims to promote the exchange between the social sciences and the general public and wants to communicate its data infrastructure even more effectively to the general public in the future. Together with data journalists, possibilities for cooperation between empirical social science and journalism will be explored.

news-4305 Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:16:01 +0100 The current issue of the gesis report 6/18 is available The current issue of the gesis report deals with new data releases such as the first pre-release of the European Value Study 2017 or the CSES Integrated Module Dataset of Phase 1 of the CSES series.

We take a look back to past events like the "2nd European Symposium on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science" while having a look at upcoming events.

In the latest issue we will also give you information about news regarding our research as well as our offer.

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news-4299 Wed, 19 Dec 2018 13:01:55 +0100 Latest HSR Issue released: Challenged Elites – Elites as Challengers HSR Vol. 43 (2018) No. 4: Special Issue: Challenged Elites – Elites as Challengers. The Impact of Civil Activism, Populism and the Economic Crisis on Elite Structures, Orientations and Agendas (ed. Heinrich Best, Ursula Hoffmann-Lange, Hans-Dieter Klingemann & Peter Rutland)

This special issue of Historical Social Research explores new territories of elite theory and research by presenting recent and ongoing debates in this field. The themes linking the contributions are the increasingly challenged status of elites under the premises of globalization, what their own contribution is to eliciting these challenges, and what their responses are to them. A special focus is the crucial importance of citizens in today´s democracies and its impact on elite-citizen relations.

news-4233 Tue, 27 Nov 2018 11:18:28 +0100 Study of EU elections 2009 and 2014: Integration and immigration are the most controversial issues The eurozone crisis and the migration crisis have changed policy within the European Union. Zoe Lefkofridi (University of Salzburg) and Alexia Katsanidou (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences) show this in a study of the election data for the European Parliament in 2009 and 2014. Previously, the division of the parties in the European Parliament was quite stable along the left-right spectrum, but since then there has been disagreement on questions of immigration and European policy. 

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news-4170 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 16:08:48 +0200 The current issue of the gesis report 5/18 is available The latest issue presents the new third-party funded project "Wealth and Education", which empirically analyses the effect of parental wealth on children's educational decisions. Two other projects were also successfully completed: OpenMinTeD and da|raSearchNet.

Besides the data from GESIS Panel, you will also find an article on the expansion of the ALLBUS offer to geodata and regional data and the annual accumulation of the Politbarometer 2017. In the reports about the GESIS Summer School and the Methods Seminar, we make a review of our events.

New research results, calls, events and the introduction of the new staff members complete this issue.

news-4113 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 10:45:53 +0200 Latest HSR Special Issue The latest HSR Special Issue on "Economists, Politics, and Society. New Insights from Mapping Economic Practices Using Field-Analysis." has been published. The global economic crisis of 2008 has sometimes contributed to an increasing interest in economists and economic knowledge and their influence on politics, economy and society. This Special Issue brings together research findings that contribute to an understanding of the relationship between economics, politics and society. The articles approach this relationship from a perspective inspired by Pierre Bourdieu's methodological work. Quantitative and qualitative-interpretative methods are used.  

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