Report , News of 11 July 2014

Data collection for PIAAC-L in progress

PIAAC-L stands for the extension of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)—which was conducted as a cross-sectional study in 24 European countries in 2011/12 on behalf of the OECD—now as a longitudinal study. PIAAC-L is a cooperation project between the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS), the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS) at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi), and the Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) at DIW Berlin.

The study aims at collecting and analyzing data on adult skills that are considered preconditions for successful participation in social life and in the work context.

The PIAAC-L sample will be followed for three more waves after the first PIAAC study: 2014, 2015, and 2016. At present, the data for the first wave of PIAAC-L (2014) are being collected. Respondents between the ages of 18 and 67 are currently answering a set of questions that overlap significantly with the SOEP survey instruments. Based solely on the individual survey in 2011/12, the current survey wave will additionally measure the household situation and collect information on respondents’ living conditions and biographies. Respondents’ partners living in the same household as well as other household members over the age of 18 are to be interviewed as well. Focal points of the survey are topics such as educational attainment, post-secondary education, employment, and income, as well as attitudes and opinions of the respondent.

Fieldwork started in March and will end in July 2014.