The starting point for this working group was the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in spring 2020 and the emergence of a large number of projects and initiatives that empirically record the social impact of the pandemic and how to combat it. From 2020 to 2023, the RatSWD Office collected information on social, behavioural, educational, and economic studies and initiatives to empirically research the Corona pandemic.
The collection revealed that recurring themes of the RatSWD such as data quality, interoperability between the different projects and a concept for research data management were at best sporadically thought through in the projects.
The aim of this working group was to initiate networking and interoperability of social, behavioural, educational, and economic research projects across methodological boundaries and thus to support the quality assurance of research data and the change in data culture, even in small ad hoc research projects. Results were the establishment and continuation of the database on the RatSWD website and the publication and communication of a standard questionnaire to enable interoperability between studies. The results of the working group were published in the RatSWD Output Series and implemented through workshops and presentations at expert conferences.
In response to the Russian attack on Ukraine in February 2022 and the associated emergence of another crisis with enormous political, economic, and societal impacts, the working group broadened its focus to include the topic of the Ukraine war and refugee movements to Germany. A coordination meeting was organised with researchers from migration research and comparative survey research, and subsequently a collection of studies was created that empirically record the social effects of the Ukraine war. In this way, a further contribution was made to the networking of researchers in societal crises.
Format: Working group of German Data Forum (RatSWD) members of the 6th and 7th appointment periods
Objective: connect empirical social science research in societal crises
Output: establishment of a database, publication of recommendations in the German Data Forum (RatSWD) Output Series, presentation of the results at different events and first steps towards implementation
Time frame: start: december 2020, standard questionnaire: spring 2022, publication of results and recommendations in the RatSWD output series: winter 2022/2023, implementation and finalization phase until November 2023.
The working group was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as part of the project “Best_FDM” (Better results through interoperability and standardised research data management: networking empirical social science research in social crises) with the identifier 01UW2000.
Publications (in German only)
Connecting social science research in societal crises.
Coordination initiatives and recommendations for data harmonization
RatSWD Output 4a (7): Vernetzung sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschung in gesellschaftlichen Krisen [German]
Standard questionnaire with socio-demographic and crisis-related variables. Developed by the RatSWD working group on connecting social science research in social crises
RatSWD Output 4b (7): Standardfragenkatalog zur Erhebung soziodemographischer und krisenbezogener Variablen [German]
25/26 September 2023, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
organization of the final workshop: Crises, Data, and Politics – Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives
18 July 2023, ESRA 2023 Conference, Milan. Session ‘Survey Data Harmonisation 2’
presentation: Connecting and harmonizing empirical social science research in societal crises
11 May 2023, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Poster presentation at the conference “Digitalisierung, Arbeit und Gesellschaft in der postpandemischen Konstellation“
31 March 2023, DIW Berlin
Presentation on the 15th workshop of panel surveys in the German-speaking region
28 March 2023, 9|KSWD, Session H: Sozio-demographische Variablen in Umfragen: Forschungspotentiale durch Harmonisierung steigern
Presentation: Standardfragenkatalog zur Erhebung soziodemographischer und krisenbezogener Variablen
27 March 2023, 9|KSWD, Session B: Krisen, Daten, Infrastrukturen – Wie kann die Wissenschaft dynamischen Anforderungen begegnen?
Presentation: Vernetzung sozialwissenschaftlicher Forschung in gesellschaftlichen Krisen
25 June 2021, Article published in the GESIS Blog
Was kann die (empirische) Forschung aus der COVID-19-Pandemie lernen?
07 June 2021, NFDI-Infratalk
Slides of the presentation
Video of the NFDI-Infratalk
February 2021, TU Chemnitz
Poster presentation at the event „Open Science and Replicability in the Behavioural Social Sciences“
February 2021, Open Science Conference
Presentation of the project „Best_FDM“