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Phase 2: Finding and Accessing Data

No social science study without data - we offer you more than 6,500 national and international studies for secondary analysis in our data archive. You can research and order all data in a user-friendly way in our GESIS data search.

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Do you have questions about data access or are you looking for suitable data? Our Data Service will be happy to help you.

Our most popular Survey Data

The General Population Survey of the Social Sciences has been collecting data on attitudes, behaviour and social structure of the population in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1980.

The General Population Survey of the Social Sciences has been collecting data on attitudes, behaviour and social structure of the population in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1980.

The Eurobarometer collects data on social and political attitudes on key EU issues on behalf of the European Commission.

The German Longitudinal Election Study collects data on the political attitudes of voters and candidates.

The Politbarometer collects data on the opinions and attitudes of the German electorate on current events, parties and politicians.

The European Values Study collects data on Europeans' attitudes, values and opinions on family, work, religion, politics and society.

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies collects data on reading competencies, everyday mathematical competencies and technology-based problem-solving competencies of adults.

The GESIS Panel offers researchers the opportunity to collect their own data within the framework of a probabilistic mixed-mode access panel.

Access to further International Data

GESIS offers you access to further selected, international data collections:

  • The EU Neighbourhood Barometer is a regional, cross-country comparative series of six regional surveys conducted between 2012 and 2014
  • The European Election Studies (EES) investigate voting behaviour in elections to the European Parliament and examine the development of the political community, citizens' perceptions and evaluations of the EU political system, and much more
  • The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) contains data from post-election surveys of about 40 countries. It has been conducted every five years since 1996
  • The Inter-University Consortium for Politcal and Social Research (ICPSR) offers the world's largest collection of digitised social science data. These data can be used for secondary analyses, for teaching, for articles or theses - GESIS is a member of the ICPSR
  • Data sets from more than 20 European countries can be found in the CESSDA Data Catalogue (CDC). These contain descriptions of the more than 40,000 data collections held by CESSDA service providers, including those of GESIS

In addition, GESIS offers you access to further election studies and international surveys​​​​​​​.

Access to Protected Data

We offer you access to specially protected data in our Secure Data Center in Cologne (survey data) as well as in our Safe Room in Mannheim (official data).