Scientific Use File German Survey on Volunteering (SUF FWS) 2014, Version 1.0

Resource Type
  • Hameister, Nicole
  • Müller, Doreen
  • Simonson, Julia
  • Vogel, Claudia
  • Ziegelmann, Jochen P.
  • Tesch-Römer, Clemens
  • gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ)
  • funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)
Publication Date
Publication Place
  • Infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaften GmbH, Bonn (Data Collector)
  • Project Survey on Volunteering; German Centre of Gerontology (DZA) (Research Group)
  • DZA Scheme:
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Political Sciencey
    • Pedagogy
Free Keywords
voluntary work; voluntary engagement; civic engagement; honorary office
  • Abstract

    The German Survey on Volunteering (FWS) is a representative survey of voluntary activities of persons aged 14 and older in Germany. Volunteering and the willingness to volunteer can be reported and described among population groups and across regions. Additionally, volunteers as well as former volunteers and other persons who do not volunteer can be studied. The FWS provides a substantial database for the description of volunteering in Germany and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). Up to now data of the Survey on Volunteering (FWS) have been collected in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014. Since December 2011 it has been scientifically managed and supervised by the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA). The interviews of the fourth wave were conducted by infas - Institute for Applied Social Sciences in 2014.

Temporal Coverage
  • 2014-04-28 / 2014-11-12
Sampled Universe



Random sample of individuals aged 14 years and older, landline and mobile phone with regional stratification according to the Häder-Gabler-method. Alongside German as the main interview language, respondents were offered the opportunity to respond in five foreign languages.

Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 28690
    Number of Variables: 396
    Type of Data: SPSS and Stata
further survey years: 1999; 2004 and 2009
Not available
Note: This version of the SUF is not available anymore. The current version can be found under the DOI 10.5156/FWS.2014.M.002.
Rights of use are at the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin.
  • Is documented by
    DOI: 10.5156/FWS.2014.D.001
  • Is documented by
    DOI: 10.5156/FWS.2014.D.002
  • 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.

Update Metadata: 2020-12-15 | Issue Number: 42 | Registration Date: 2016-04-12