Scientific Use File Deutscher Freiwilligensurvey (SUF FWS) Trend 1999-2014, Version 1.0

Resource Type
  • Schmälzle, Michaela
  • Hameister, Nicole
Publication Date
Publication Place
  • TNS Infratest Sozialforschung (Data Collector 1999, 2004, 2009) (Data Collector)
  • infas - Institute for Applied Social Sciences GmbH, Bonn (Data Collector 2014) (Data Collector)
  • Project Survey on Volunteering; German Centre of Gerontology (DZA) (Research Group) (Data Collector)
  • DZA Scheme:
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Political Sciencey
    • Pedagogy
Free Keywords
voluntary work; voluntary engagement; civic engagement; honorary office; volunteering potential; donations; voluntary activity; association; club; support; assistance; motives; civil society; organisation; life satisfaction; participation; charitable; informal support; care; social integration; political participation; migration background; regional; survey
  • 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.

Sampled Universe

Germany (DE)


1999, 2004, and 2009: Random sample of German-speaking individuals aged 14 and above, living in households with landline phone (Random-Digit- Dialling as approved by ADM; Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Markt- und Sozialforschungsinstitute)

2014: Random sample of individuals aged 14 years and oder, 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: 78617
    Number of Variables: 2018
    Type of Data: SPSS and Stata
The Scientific Use File (SUF) FWS Trend 1999-2014 contains comparable information from all four survey years of the German Survey on Volunteering and can be used for cross-wave analyses.
The anonymised data sets of the FWS are available for secondary analysis. The data has been made available to scientists at universities and research institutes exclusively for scientific purposes. The use of data is subject to written data protection agreements. Interested scholars fill out the application form, receive and sign a data distribution contract and then gain password-protected access to data and documentation.
Rights of use are at the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin.

Update Metadata: 2020-12-15 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2019-01-25