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1st DASISH Quantitative Workshop “Digital Resources in International Survey Research”

12-13 December 2012, Mannheim, Germany

The European Social Survey (ESS) and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) collaborate in DASISH WP3 in order to develop e-solutions that support quality management in international surveys with regard to

  1. questionnaire design documentation,
  2. translation documentation,
  3. fieldwork monitoring, and
  4. occupation coding.

To obtain guidance from other international survey projects and institutions, the ESS organized in WP8 the 1st Quantitative Workshop under the title “Digital Resources for International Survey Research”. It was held on December 12-13, 2012 in Mannheim, Germany. Invited experts presented their tools, shared their experience and readily engaged in fruitful discussions with members of the DASISH project.

  • Relating to questionnaire design documentation, Andrej Kveder (NIDI) presented the routines developed in the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP) for documenting the implementation of survey instruments across time and countries.
  • In the section on translation documentation, Michèle Ernst-Stähli (FORS) described the challenge to carry out international surveys in the multi-lingual context of Switzerland and deduced requirements a translation documentation tool should meet. Steve Schwarzer (TNS Political and Social) described the data base established to manage the translations of the Eurobarometer Surveys of the European Commission. Evelyn Brislinger (GESIS) demonstrated the information tool that Data Archives has used to make documentation of the European Values Study across time, countries, and languages easily accessible for data users.
  • With regard to fieldwork monitoring, Kyle Fennell (NORC) elaborated on the extensive production and use of paradata that can be highly informative on the quality of the survey process.
  • For occupation coding, Peter Elias and Margret Birch (University of Warwick) gave an update on the extension of CASCOT, a tool for automated coding of answers to open-ended occupation questions, to other languages. Kea Tijdens (University of Amsterdam) presented a different approach of answer trees that is successfully applied in the web-based Wageindicator Survey. Silke Schneider (GESIS) outlined a new project that aims at developing similar solutions for coding respondents’ educational attainment.

All participants appreciated the opportunity for exchange across survey projects as well as between academic and commercial institutions. New connections have been made, and further collaborations have already been set up in the aftermath. The two Quantitative Workshops included in WP8 are valuable instruments to foster progress in the collaborative work inside DASISH. The 2nd Quantitative Workshop is envisaged for 2014 and will focus on the presentation of the tools developed in DASISH and their discussion with experts in the world of international survey research.