September 2017

The Scientific Use File of the German Survey on Volunteering, Version 1.2 is ready and available to data users. Apart from minor label corrections, the update contains the open-coded answers to the voluntary activity (anonyminised where required) as well as English variable and value labels. More information can be found in the User Manual. Scholars who are already registered as FWS data users can contact Petra Meifert by email and ask for their online access to be re-activated. New FWS users please fill out the application form and will get access to the updated version after having signed the contract of data usage.

August 2017

The programme for the FWS-User Meeting on November 16th and 17th at the DZA in Berlin is out now. If you want to register for participation, please send an email to Nicole Hameister. We look forward to an inspiring event!

July 2017

The Research Data Center now provides the anonymized survey and test data of the PREFER I study ((Personal Resources of Elderly People with Multimorbidity: Fortification of Effective Health Behaviour) of 2009 as a Scientific Use File (SUF) for scientific secondary analyses. This standardized survey of 309 older people (65+) with multiple illnesses refers to three measuring dates over the year 2009 and is completed by various medical and cognitive short tests and the registration of all regular medication. The PREFER I-project was a cooperation between the German Centre of Gerontology and the Free University of Berlin and explored, whether the way in which a person handles the own disease, what he thinks about it and what he does despite or even due to the diseases is able to explain differences in quality of life and autonomy. For further information to the PREFER-project see here.

All respondents were also participants of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS) in 2008 and many of them have been interviewed during the succeeding DEAS waves too. So there are numerous information on the participants of the PREFER I study available already from the DEAS survey, which can be used by matching the data by record linkage.

Researchers with interest in the Scientific Use Files please fill in the application form online and choose "PREFER I study 2009" as the Requested Data Set. Registered DEAS data users may also directly contact the Research Data Center service team for data orders.

May 2017

There is a new version of the Scientific Use File DEAS Meta containing information on the participation history of the DEAS respondents. Data on the vital status, age of death and duration (in months) until death have been updated with information gathered in the year 2016. Registered data users may apply for this updated SUF version by contacting the research data centre.

April 2017

The Research Data Centre will host a German Survey on Volunteering user meeting on November 16th and 17th, 2017. All FWS researchers who currently work or previously have worked with FWS data are welcome to submit an abstract for presentation of their results. The user meeting will provide opportunity to discuss current research projects and learn more about the data structure, contents and analytic potential of the German Survey on Volunteering. We encourage researchers from all scientific disciplines to contribute their research or methodology abstracts. Please send your abstracts (1 page) as well as your contact details to Nicole Hameister (nicole.hameister@dza.de), deadline is May 15th.

January 2017

The research data centre supplies the newly established website www.demowanda.de with figures and results of the German Ageing Survey concernig information on working beyond retirement and other topics. Demowanda monitors structures and developments related to the demographic change of the labour market, employment, education, working conditions and health. It relies on input of six scientific research institutes, each of them funded by the German government.

November 2016

Reports and appendices for the German Survey on Volunteering 2014 as well as for the German Ageing Survey 2014 are available online as Open Access publications:

Main Report German Survey on Volunteering 2014 (German)
Appendix (tables) German Survey on Volunteering 2014 (PDF, German)

Main Report German Ageing Survey 2014 (German)
Appendix (tables) German Ageing Survey 2014 (PDF, German)

September 2016

The Scientific Use File (SUF) of the German Survey on Volunteering now contains a variable to identify respondents' federal state ("Bundesland") and thus offers the opportunity to analyse volunteering for specific federal states. Data users with a valid contract for FWS 2014 can download this new version 1.1 from our protected domain. The comparative report on volunteering in 14 of the 16 German federal states (in German language only) can be downloaded from our publications page.

June 2016

The Scientific Use File (SUF) of the German Ageing Survey 2014 (DEAS 2014) as well as several documentation objects  are now available at the Research Data Centre. There are also new SUF versions of the DEAS waves 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2011. Scholars who are interested in working with the data can apply for using them free of charge. More information on the SUFs, on data access and the application form can be found on the FDZ-website.

Researchers who already are registered users of the scientific use files (SUF) of the German Ageing Survey and want to use the additional SUF DEAS 2014 may contact the FDZ-team.

April 2016

The Scientific Use File (SUF) of the German Survey on Volunteering 2014 (FWS 2014) as well as several documentation objects  are now available at the Research Data Centre. Scholars who are interested in working with the data can apply for using them free of charge. More information on the SUFs, on data access and the application form can be found on the FDZ-website.

Researchers who already are registered users of the scientific use files (SUF) of the German Survey on Volunteering and want to use the additional SUF FWS2014 may contact the FDZ-team.

The online information system GeroStat of the DZA (http://www.gerostat.de/en/index.html) provides statistics on the distribution of main characteristics of volunteering by age group, sex and place of residence (east/west).

February 2015

On 5th and 6th March 2015 there will be a workshop at the German Centre of Gerontology where users of microdata of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS) will present results of their research with DEAS data and ongoing research (see program). This will also be an opportunity to learn more about the structure and research potentials of the German Ageing Survey. Because of limitations on the number of participants registration is already closed.

December 2014

There is a new version of the scientific use files of the German Survey on Volunteering for the survey years 1999, 2002 and 2009 (version 3.1).
SUFs and Codebooks are available now with English labels (see documentation)

May 2014

There are new versions of the scientific use files (SUF) of the German Ageing Survey available for the waves 1996, 2002 and 2008 and the participation history of the respondents. The new SUF versions 2.0 contain additional variables, as on the income position, poverty and richness, geographical distances to adult children, giving care to grandchildren, the body mass index and results of the digit-symbol-test (starting in 2002). Scores of the occupational prestige and the social status take now information of the partner into account. Additionally included are information given by the interviewer on the respondents’ accommodation and neighborhood and the presence of third persons during the interview.  In the new SUF for the survey year 2008 the cases of two panel respondents were deleted due to implausible longitudinal personal identities. In the scientific use file DEAS Meta information on deceased or still alive respondents were brought up-to-date.

April 2014

The Scientific Use File (SUF) of the German Survey on Volunteering 1999 (FWS 1999) is available at the Research Data Centre. It has been thoroughly edited and documented and is available in SPSS and Stata format. Scholars who are interested in working with the data can apply for using them free of charge. More information on the SUF FWS 1999, on data access and the application form can be found on the FDZ-website.

February 2014

From now on, the Research Data Centre (FDZ-DZA) provides a comprehensive documentation of all variables and scales used in the German Ageing Survey (DEAS). All variables of all previous waves are documented by assigning them to different thematic fields. This facilitates the overview of the cross-sectional and longitudinal content of every subject area. The documentation is available in German and English and eases the access and the comparison of variables for longitudinal analyses as well as with other data sources. The documentation of variables can be downloaded from the website of the FDZ-DZA.

December 2013

The Scientific Use File (SUF) of the German Survey on Volunteering 2004 (FWS 2004) is available at the Research Data Centre. It has been extensively edited and documented. It is available in SPSS and Stata format. Scholars who are interested in working with the data can apply for using them free of charge. More information on the SUF FWS 2004, on data access and the application form can be found on the FDZ-website.

October 2013

The fourth wave of the German Ageing Survey (DEAS) from the year 2011 is now available for scientists. The Scientific Use File (SUF) DEAS 2011 was edited by the Research Data Centre and can be obtained in both SPSS and Stata format. Scholars who are interested in using the data can apply free-of-charge by filling out an application form. Further information on the documentation of the SUF DEAS 2011 as well as the application form and a contact address for further support can be found on the FDZ-website.

June 2013

From now on, the Scientific Use File (SUF) of the German Survey on Volunteering 2009 (FWS 2009) is available at the Research Data Centre. It has been extensively edited, is documented in great detail and available in both SPSS and Stata format. Scholars who are interested in working with the data can apply for the free-of-charge use by filling out an application form. More information on the SUF 2009 and on data access as well as the application form can be found on the FDZ-website.

April 2013

The Research Data Centre of the German Ageing Survey (FDZ-DEAS) has been expanded to the Research Data Centre of the DZA (FDZ-DZA) and now also publishes data of the German Survey on Volunteering (FWS). The first three waves of the FWS will be edited, documented and made accessible for secondary use. Our start page provides more information on the entire offer of the FDZ-DZA.

Data of the German Survey on Volunteering 2009 will soon be available but access can be requested by interested users. Detailed information and the application form can be found on our data access site.