Social Reporting in Europe
"Different Ways of Adding Meaning to Numbers"


Villa Vigoni Conference, March 22-24, 2009


Sunday, March 22

Afternoon Arrival of participants 
19:30 Dinner and Welcome by the Secretary General of Villa Vigoni, Prof. Gregor Vogt-Spira 

Monday, March 23

 Session I: Statistical Data and Narratives - The Process of Adding Meaning to Numbers (Chair: Heinz-Herbert Noll, GESIS, Mannheim)
09:15Heinz-Herbert Noll (GESIS, Mannheim)Introduction
09:30 - 11:00

Amedeo Cottino (Università di Torino)Data Interpretation: Facts and Values
Bernhard von Rosenbladt (Infratest Sozialforschung, München)Adding Meaning to Numbers and Vice Versa: The Case of EU Benchmark Indicatorspresentation (138 kB)
Antonio Golini (Università di Roma, La Sapienza)A little about a lot - Making statistics relevant to media and policypresentation (64 kB)
11:00 - 11:30
Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:15Nicoletta Pannuzi (Istat, Rome)Potentials and Limitations of Data Interpretation in Official Statistics: The Case of Italy
Doris Stärk (destatis, Wiesbaden)Adding Meaning to Numbers: Potentials & Limitations of Data Interpretation, the Case of Germanypresentation (453 kB)
12:15 - 12:45

Session II: Different Ways of Adding Meaning to Numbers in European Social Reports (Chair: Carla Collicelli, CENSIS, Rome)
14:15 - 15:15

Ruth Paserman (European Commission, Brussels)The Use and Interpetation of Indicators in the Open Method of Coordination
Ulrich Bieber (BMAS, Bonn)The German Report on Poverty and Wealth. The Issue of Adding Meaning to Numbers in
Governmental Social Reporting

presentation (1.52 MB)

3rd Report on Poverty and Wealth - Executive Summary (120 kB)

Stanislawa Golinowska (Jagiellonian University, Krakow)Numbers and Meaning: Diversity and Commonality in European Social Policies
15:15 - 15:45
Coffee Break
16:15 - 18:15

Rob Bijl (SCP, Den Haag)The research-policy nexus in social reporting - Adding meaning to numbers in social reportingpresentation (405 kB)
Christian Suter (University of Neuchâtel)Adding Meaning to Numbers in the Swiss Social Reportpresentation (285 kB)
István György Tóth (TARKI, Budapest)„Adding meaning to numbers”: The (pragmatic/eclectic) approach of the Hungarian Social Reportspresentation (523 kB)
Elisa Manna (CENSIS, Rome)Adding Meaning to Numbers in the CENSIS-Reportpresentation (1.03 MB)
Roland Habich (WZB, Berlin), Heinz-Herbert Noll (GESIS, Mannheim)Adding Meaning to Numbers in the German Datenreport
18:00 - 18:45

Tuesday, March 24

Session III: Recent Developments in European Social Reporting and Plans for the Future (Chair: Heinz-Herbert Noll, GESIS, Mannheim)
09:15 - 09:45Carlos Pereda (Colectivo Ioé Madrid)Presentation of “Barometro Social de Espana”presentation (31 kB)
09:45 - 11:00Rob Bijl (SCP, Den Haag)Social Reporting in The Netherlandspresentation
(411 kB)
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:30
European Social Reporting Network: Planning Future Collaboration
Lunch and Departure