The RatSWD is supporting empirical research on and in societal crises with a working group as part of a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF). The project is entitled: “Better results through interoperability and standardized research data management: networking empirical social science research in social crises (Best_FDM)”. The starting point of the project was the outbreak of the Corona pandemic in early 2020. Since then, the RatSWD has compiled an overview of already more than 300 social, behavioural, educational, and economic science studies on empirical research on the pandemic.
In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 and an associated further crisis with enormous political, economic and social consequences, the working group focused on the Ukraine war and refugee movements to Germany. In a coordination meeting with experts from migration research and comparative survey research, the exchange on current initiatives and planned projects was first promoted. In addition, possibilities of coordination and standardization of survey instruments were discussed.
Building on the meeting, the mutual networking and provision of information on empirical research on the Ukraine crisis is to be continued and made available to the public. Therefore, the RatSWD offers – in addition to the collection of Corona studies – on its website a first overview of projects that examine the effects of the war in Ukraine on German society. These include, for example, surveys among refugees, labour market-related surveys or surveys on attitudes toward German political measures, as well as psychological studies. Information is provided on the objectives, research design and methods used in each study.
The collection is to be continuously expanded. Leads to further studies, their contents or first results are explicitly welcome and can be sent to email@example.com.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) advises the federal government and the governments in the federal states on expanding and improving the research data infrastructure for the empirical social, behavioural and economic sciences since 2004. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) is made up of ten elected representatives from the social, behavioural, and economic disciplines who work together with ten representatives from key data producers.
The German Data Forum (RatSWD) is part of the Consortium for Social, Behavioural, Educational, and Economic sciences (KonsortSWD) in the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI). It acts as an institutionalised forum for dialogue between science and data producers, as well as developing recommendations and opinions. It is committed to supporting an infrastructure that enables sciences to have broad, flexible, and secure data access. These data are provided by state, science-based, and private-sector actors. The German Data Forum (RatSWD) has currently accredited 41 research data centres (as of July 2022), and encourages their cooperation.