To support external users' work with the data, a range of documentation material is available for the Scientific Use Files of the German Survey on Volunteering.

If you use the content of this documentation material for publications, we kindly request that you indicate the source according to the rules of good scientific work. Each document contains a reference of how to cite it.

Documents

Instrument (German)2014200920041999
Instrument (English)2014200920041999
The documents contain the original survey instruments in an edited, user-friendly version. We recommend these edited versions to start working with the data.
Short Description (German)20142009/2004/1999
Short Description (English)20142009/2004/1999
In the 'Short Descriptions' you will find detailed information on the sampling procedure, the classification scheme of the variable names and explanations for the generated and constructed variables. Apart from that, editing procedures are documented in detail. The Short Description is a valuable if not necessary guide for scholars working with the data.
List of Variable Correspondence1999-2014
In order to facilitate time-series analyses, the FDZ-DZA provides a list of variable correspondence (with English and German variable labels). With this chart, it becomes obvious which information has been surveyed in which year and how the respective variable names and labels are named. 
Codebook (German)2014200920041999
Codebook (English)2014200920041999
In the 'Codebook' we compiled every variable of the survey year with their individual categories (including missing values), labels and overall unconditional frequencies. Hence, the codebook provides a complete list of variables contained in the SUF FWS.
Questionnaire (German)2014200920041999
The 'Questionnaire 2014' is identical to the Instrument 2014 (see above). The documents 'Questionnaire 2009', 'Questionnaire 2004' and 'Questionnaire 1999' are the pdf-versions of the original survey instrument as published in the respective main report (German only).
Methodological Report (German)2014200920041999
The documents 'Methodological Report' (2014-1999) contain detailed information on the sampling procedure and the realisation of the survey (for 2014, by infas GmbH, for 1999-2009 by Infratest Sozialforschung GmbH). They are available in German only.
Chapter "Data and Methods" (German)2014
The chapter on data and methods of the FWS 2014 is an extract from the 2014 main report. It gives a detailed overview of the survey process and the checks and editing of the data.

 

The Stata-syntax used to generate the user-friendly variables contained in the SUF is documented in a pdf-file. Registered users can obtain this document from the password-protected download area. If you are otherwise interested in the generating syntax, we are happy to help if you contact the FDZ-DZA support.

 

Reports on the German Survey on Volunteering 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014

 

  • Simonson, J., Vogel, C., Tesch-Römer, C. (Hrsg.) (2016): Freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland - Der Deutsche Freiwilligensurvey 2014. Berlin: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend.
  • BMFSFJ (Hrsg.) (2010). Hauptbericht des Freiwilligensurveys 2009. Zivilgesellschaft, soziales Kapital und freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland 1999-2004-2009. Berlin: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend.  PDF download
  • BMFSFJ (Hrsg.). (2010). Monitor Engagement (Nr. 2). Freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland 1999-2004-2009. Kurzbericht des 3. Freiwilligensurveys. Berlin: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend. PDF download
  • BMFSFJ (Hrsg.). (2010). Monitor Voluntary Activities (No. 2). Volunteering in Germany 1999-2004-2009. Summary of the 3rd Survey on Volunteering. Berlin: Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). PDF download
  • BMFSFJ (Hrsg.). (2005). Freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland 1999–2004. Ergebnisse der repräsentativen Trenderhebung zu Ehrenamt, Freiwilligenarbeit und bürgerschaftlichem Engagement. Berlin: Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend. PDF download
  • Rosenbladt, B. v. (Hrsg.). (2001). Freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland. Freiwilligensurvey 1999. Ergebnisse der Repräsentativerhebung zu Ehrenamt, Freiwilligenarbeit und bürgerschaftlichem Engagement. Band 1: Gesamtbericht. Schriftenreihe des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend. Band 194.1. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. PDF download
  • Rosenbladt, B. v. (Ed.). (2000). Volunteering in Germany. Results of the Representative Survey on Volunteering and Civic Engagement. Volume 1: General Report. Munich: Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. PDF download
  • Braun, J., & Klages, H. (Hrsg.). (2001). Freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland. Freiwilligensurvey 1999. Ergebnisse der Repräsentativerhebung zu Ehrenamt, Freiwilligenarbeit und bürgerschaftlichem Engagement. Band 2: Zugangswege zum freiwilligen Engagement und Engagementpotenzial in den neuen und alten Bundesländern. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. PDF download
  • Picot, S. (Hrsg.). (2001). Freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland. Freiwilligensurvey 1999. Ergebnisse der Repräsentativerhebung zu Ehrenamt, Freiwilligenarbeit und bürgerschaftlichem Engagement. Band 3: Frauen und Männer, Jugend, Senioren, Sport. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer. PDF download


Selected publications (mostly in German) based on data of the German Survey on Volunteering can be found under FWS-Publications.