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Full text: German Survey on Volunteering 2009 – Deutscher Freiwilligensurvey (FWS) / Vogel, Claudia

No. 53 – English Version

December 2013

German Survey on Volunteering 2009 –
Deutscher Freiwilligensurvey (FWS)
Documentation of the Design and the Instrument of the
Third Wave of the Survey on Volunteering (FWS 2009)
Claudia Vogel & Thomas Gensicke
Translation: Katharina Lux

German Centre of Gerontology –
Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen (DZA)
Manfred-von-Richthofen-Straße 2
12101 Berlin
Telephone
+49 (0)30 – 26 07 40-0
Fax
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E-mail
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Internet
www.dza.de/en

THE AUTHORS

Dr. Claudia Vogel, German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin
Contact: claudia.vogel (at) dza.de

Dr. Thomas Gensicke, TNS Infratest Sozialforschung, München
Contact: thomas.gensicke (at) tns-infratest.com

CITATION

We recommend the following citation of this document:
Vogel, C., & Gensicke, T. (2013). German Survey on Volunteering 2009 – Deutscher
Freiwilligensurvey (FWS). Documentation of the Design and the Instrument of the
Third Wave of the Survey on Volunteering (FWS 2009). DZA discussion paper (No.
53 – English Version). Berlin: Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen. DOI:
10.5156/FWS.2009.D.003.

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CONTENT

1

Introduction

4

2

Survey topics

5

3

Sample

8

4

Interview method

10

5

Use of data

10

6

Survey instrument

11

Appendix: Survey Instrument

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1

INTRODUCTION

The German Survey on Volunteering (FWS) is a representative survey on volunteer
work, honorary office and civic engagement of the German population aged 14 and
older. It is a substantial database for the description of volunteering and the
volunteering potential, also among population groups and across regions. The
survey is thus the basic instrument for social accounting on volunteering in
Germany and is funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens,
Women and Youth (BMFSFJ).
Up to now, it was conducted in 1999, 2004 and 2009. The survey institute TNS
Infratest Sozialforschung was responsible for the data collection and the production
of the reports for the first three waves. The Institute for Social Work and Social
Education (Institut für Sozialarbeit und Sozialpädagogik, ISS) coordinated the
German Survey on Volunteering from June 2003 until December 2010. Since
December 2011 the survey has been managed and scientifically supervised by the
German Centre of Gerontology (DZA). Data collection for the next wave is planned
for 2014.
In this discussion paper the key topics of the third wave of the German Survey on
Volunteering 2009 (chapter 2) are presented. In chapters 3 and 4 you can find
information on the sample and on the interview method. This document also
contains contact information for data users (chapter 5) and a copy of the survey
instrument including the instructions for the interviewers and filter information
(chapter 6 and appendix).
Further information, for example, the main report of the German Survey on
Volunteering 2009 (Hauptbericht des Freiwilligensurveys 2009 “Zivilgesellschaft,
soziales Kapital und freiwilliges Engagement in Deutschland 1999-2004-2009”
(BMFSFJ, 2010), in German only) are provided on the website of the German
Survey on Volunteering:
www.dza.de/en/research/fws.html
www.deutscher-freiwilligensurvey.de

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SURVEY TOPICS

Data on the following topics were collected in the Survey on Volunteering 2009:
(1) information about the voluntary activities, (2) about the person and (3) and about
the context of the voluntary activities.
Information about the voluntary activities includes questions about the volunteering
in general as well as in 14 societal areas, which provide the basis for the calculation
of the volunteering rates (Engagementquoten). Additionally, information about the
importance of the voluntary activities, about characteristics of the first activity (B1)
and, if applicable, about characteristics of a second activity (B2) was collected.
Where a person carries out several activities, the most time-consuming was
chosen as the first activity. It is recorded how many activities a person carries out,
but data about the characteristics of a third, fourth or further activity were not
collected. Furthermore, the respondents were asked about their interest in
expanding their volunteering (volunteering persons) or their interest in starting to
volunteer (non-volunteers at the time of the interview). This data serves as a basis
for the calculation of the volunteering potential (Engagementpotenzial). Further,
information on any earlier volunteering activity and other voluntary activities (in a
wider sense) is available.
Information about the person comprises socio-demographic information such as
age and gender as well as socio-economic information like employment status or
education. Information about the migration background, values, religion and time
expenditure was also collected.
Information about the context of the voluntary activities includes organisational and
regional context information, for example the organisational framework of the
voluntary activities and ideas to improve conditions for volunteering.
Table 1 shows the numbers of the questions which cover the topics and the
contents of the Survey on Volunteering 2009.

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Table 1: Survey contents of the German Survey on Volunteering 2009
Topic

Description

Question number 2009
1st activity (2nd activity)

(1) Information about the voluntary activities
Volunteering in general
and volunteering rate

Importance
of voluntary activities

Characteristics of the
first activity (B1)/if
applicable second
activity

Volunteering potential

Actively participate, in 14 societal areas

A1

Tasks and functions taken on voluntarily;
Organisation/Institution; Tasks/Activity

A2; A3; A3_A; A3_B; A3_C; A4

Most time-consuming activity;
Time spent on volunteering (hours per
week)

A5; A6

Subjective importance

A9

Motives

A10

Description of activities

B1-0 (B2-0)

Target groups

B1-1 (B2-1); B1-1a; B1-1b; B11c; B1-1d

Organisational framework of the activity

B1-3 (B2-3); B1-3a

Outline of activity

B1-8; B1-10 (B2-5);

Gaining and sharing knowledge

B1-11; B1-12; B1-13; B1-14;
B1-15; B1-17

Expenditure of time for volunteering

B1-18 (B2-6); B1-20 (B2-8); B121 (B2-17); B1-27; B1-32 (B216)

Expense allowances and payments

B1-22; B1-22a; B1-23; B1-24;
B1-25; B1-26a; B1-26b; B1-26c;
B1-26d

Relation to gainful employment

B1-28; B1-29; B1-30; B1-30a

Motives, impetus and expectations

B1-31; B1-33; B1-34; B1-34a;
B1-34b; B1-34c

Support by school/university; by employer

B1-2a; B1-2b; B1-2c; B1-2d;
B1-35; B1-35a

Expanding volunteering

A7

Taking on voluntary activity

C6; C7; C8; C9; C10

Expectations of potential voluntary activity C12
Earlier volunteering

Age when voluntarily active for the first
time

A8

Earlier volunteering

C1

Evaluation of earlier volunteering

C3

Reasons for ending

C4

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Question number 2009

Topic

Description

Other volunteering

Donation/foundation

D29; D29a; D29b; D29c; D29d;
D29e

Voluntary social year
Volunteer service
Military/Community service (Wehr-/
Zivildienst)

D44; D45

Instrumental help for others

E23; E23a

Club membership

E13a; E13b

Political activity

E24; E25

1st activity (2nd activity)

(2) Information about the person
Socio-demographic
information

Socio-economic
information

Gender

E1

Year of birth

E2

Household constellation

E14; E15

Employment status; Gainful employment; E3; E3e; E3f; E3g;
Occupational status
D5; D6; D10; D15
Education; School; Degree

E4; E5; E6; E7; E8;
D46;

Subjective assessment of financial
situation

D27

Citizenship

D31; D32; D33

Country of birth

D34; D36

Parents‘ country of birth

D38; D39; D41; D42

Value system

Values

D47; D48

Religion

Religious community; Church affiliation

E30; E31; E32

Expenditure of time

Leisure time

E13c; D25; D26

Child care

E16; E17

Nursing care

E18; E19; E20; E21

Scope for planning own leisure time

D23; D24

Migration background

(3) Information about the context
Organisation

Characteristics of the organisation the
person is volunteering for

B1-6; B1-7a; B1-7b

Place of residence

Duration of regional affiliation

E9; D37

Social network at place of residence;
Instrumental help from others

E11; E12; E22; E22a

Information and contact
Contact; Interest in information
offices for volunteering
Conditions

Need for improvement regarding the
conditions of volunteering

D1; D4
B1-36; B1-37

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3

SAMPLE

The sample of the German Survey on Volunteering 2009 is a representative landline sample of the resident population aged 14 years and older. The survey was
conducted only in German in 2009, thus the survey is representative for the
German-speaking resident population of the Federal Republic of Germany. In order
to achieve a sufficient sample size for the 16 federal states that allow for separate
analyses, the sample size was stratified disproportionately according to the
population of the states.
Figure 1: Composition of the sample of the Survey on Volunteering 2009

North
Rhine-Westphalia
Nordrhein-Westfalen

2 515

Bavaria
Bayern

1 652

Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Würrtemberg

1 427

Lower Saxony
Niedersachsen

1 195

Bremen
Bremen

900

109

Hesse
Hessen

900

173

Rhineland-Palatinate
Rheinland-Pfalz

900

148

Saarland
Saarland

900

Schleswig-Holstein
Schleswig-Holstein

900

134

Hamburg
Hamburg

900

123

Sachsen
Saxony

900

156

413

Berlin
Berlin

900

Sachsen-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt

900

Brandenburg
Brandenburg

900

131

Thüringen
Thuringia

900

130

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Mecklenburg-West
Pomerania

900

121

649
129

Sample
n=20,005

Source: Gensicke, T., & Geiss, S. (2010). Freiwilligensurvey 2009. Methodenbericht zur
repräsentativen Erhebung (Anhang). In BMFSFJ (Hrsg.), Hauptbericht des
Freiwilligensurveys 2009. Zivilgesellschaft, soziales Kapital und freiwilliges Engagement in
Deutschland 1999-2004-2009. (Anhang, p. 1-37). Berlin: Bundesministerium für Familie,
Senioren, Frauen und Jugend. p. 30. Illustration modified.

The sample in the Survey on Volunteering 2009 contains n=20,005 interviews
completed. At least 1,000 interviews were completed in each federal state; in the
most heavily populated states the number of interviews was correspondingly
higher (figure 1). The sample was funded by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs,
Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (in figure 1 in dark-grey colour), by foundations

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(Zukunftsfond der Generali AG and Bertelsmann Stiftung) and by the federal states
Saarland 1 and Berlin (coloured in light grey).
Figure 2: Unweighted and weighted numbers of cases according to states
2515

North
Rhine-Westphalia
Nordrhein-Westfalen

4261
1652

Bavaria
Bayern

2989
1427

Baden-Württemberg
Baden-Württemberg

2490
1195

Lower Saxony
Niedersachsen
Bremen
Bremen

1962
1009
166

Hesse
Hessen

1073

Rhineland-Palatinate
Rheinland-Pfalz

1048

Saarland
Saarland
Schleswig-Holstein
Schleswig-Holstein
Hamburg
Hamburg

1432

Saxony-Anhalt
Sachsen-Anhalt
Brandenburg
Brandenburg
Thuringia
Thüringen
Mecklenburg-West Pomerania
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

gewichtet
weigthed

993
1313
259
1034
711
1023
407

Saxony
Sachsen
Berlin
Berlin

ungewichtet
unweigthed

1056
1130
1549
798
1029
656
1031
676
1030
619
1021
452

Source: Gensicke, T., & Geiss, S. (2010). Freiwilligensurvey 2009. Methodenbericht zur
repräsentativen Erhebung (Anhang). In BMFSFJ (Hrsg.), Hauptbericht des
Freiwilligensurveys 2009. Zivilgesellschaft, soziales Kapital und freiwilliges Engagement in
Deutschland 1999-2004-2009. (Anhang, p. 1-37). Berlin: Bundesministerium für Familie,
Senioren, Frauen und Jugend. p. 31. Illustration modified.

1

Information from particular questions which were added as requested by certain federal states
has not been included in this documentation of the survey instrument and also not in the
Scientific Use File.

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Retrospective weighting has to be carried out for the calculation of the volunteering
indicators at the federal level (the weighting factors provided by TNS Infratest
Sozialforschung balance data retrospectively according to the federal state,
municipality, gender and age groups). Cases from heavily populated states have
been included in the analyses with relatively high weightings, cases from less
populous states with relatively small weightings (figure 2).

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INTERVIEW METHOD

Data of the German Survey on Volunteering was hitherto collected in three waves
(1999, 2004 and 2009) as a telephone survey by TNS Infratest Sozialforschung on
behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
(BMFSFJ).
The interviews of the Survey on Volunteering 2009, wave three, were conducted
from the end of April until July 2009. They took 20 minutes on average.
The methodical report of the third wave of the Survey on Volunteering 2009 was
published in the main report (Hauptbericht: BMFSFJ, 2010) and can be downloaded
from the website of the Research Data Centre of the DZA: www.fdz-dza.de.

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USE OF DATA

Anonymised microdata of the Survey on Volunteering 1999, 2004 and 2009 are
available for secondary analyses. Scientists from universities and other research
institutions as well as students working on their theses for an academic degree
(e. g. Bachelor, Master, doctoral thesis) can receive access to data from the
Research Data Centre of the DZA (FDZ-DZA) free of charge for scientific, nonprofitable uses only.
Data of the Survey on Volunteering 2009 is available in the FDZ-DZA as Scientific
Use File (SUF FWS 2009) since June 2013. Data of the waves 2004 and 1999 is
being edited at the moment and will be published in the course of 2013 (www.fdzdza.de).

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You can contact us regarding data usage via e-mail: fdz@dza.de.
Additionally, data of the Survey on Volunteering can be accessed at the GESIS Data
Archive for the Social Sciences (Datenarchiv für Sozialwissenschaften). If you are
interested in using GESIS data, please contact the service of the Data Archive of
the GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences (Leibniz-Institut für
Sozialwissenschaften) in Cologne (http://www.gesis.org/en/services/research/datacatalogue/).
The GESIS study numbers of the three waves of the Survey on Volunteering are:
Wave I: ZA-study number 3350 (Survey on Volunteering 1999)
Wave II: ZA-study number 4331 (Survey on Volunteering 2004)
Wave III: ZA-study number 5433 (Survey on Volunteering 2009)

The collection of data for the Fourth Wave of the German Survey on Volunteering is
scheduled for 2014. Data of this wave is expected to be available for external users
in 2016.

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SURVEY INSTRUMENT

In the following the CATI-template for the telephone interviews of the third wave
of the German Survey on Volunteering 2009 (FWS 2009) is documented. This is
based on the programming template from TNS Infratest Sozialforschung and the
GESIS-version ZA5433 (last update: March 2013).

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German Survey on Volunteering 2009:
Honorary office, volunteer work,
civic engagement
Structure of the questionnaire:
Part E: All respondents
Part A: All respondents
Part B: Respondents
who volunteer

Part C: Respondents
who do not volunteer

Part D: All respondents
Nr.

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
We are conducting a representative survey
Introduction Text
for the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs,
Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. The
topic is “activities of citizens in different
areas” and what people do in their leisure
time.
PART E
For all respondents: Demography,
residence, children, networks, politics,
competences, church affiliation
E1
Int.
Do not read the answer options to the
participant, please enter the person’s sex.
Text
I would like to ask you for some information
about yourself.
1: Male
2: Female
E2
Int.
Enter 19xx
Question
What is your year of birth?
19__ (Open response: 1900 – 1995)
0: Refusal

Continue
with
E1

E2

E3

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E3

E3e

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Question
Are you currently ...
1: Employed
2: Unemployed
3: A pupil, an apprentice, a university student
4: A housewife, a house husband
5: A retired person, a pensioner
6: Doing compulsory military service
(Wehrdienst)
7: Doing community service in lieu of military
service (Zivildienst)
8: Other
9: Refusal
Filter

Question

E3f

Filter
Question

E3g

Filter
Question

E2 (Year of birth)
>1943 (under 66 years)
a. E3 (Employment status)
= 4 (Housewife, house husband)
= 5 (Retired person, pensioner)
= 8 (Other)
Would you like to work if you could find a
good job?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
E3 (Employment status)
= 2 (Unemployed)
Do you receive …
1: Unemployment benefit 1 (Arbeitslosengeld
1)
2: Unemployment benefit 2 (so called Hartz IV/
Arbeitslosengeld 2)
3: Refusal
E3f (Receiving unemployment benefit)
= 2 (Unemployment benefit 2)
Are you working in a so called 1-Euro-job?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with
E9
E3f
E4
E3e/E9
E3e/E9
E9
E9
E3e/E9
E9

E9

E9
E3g
E9

E9

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Nr.
E4

E5

E6

E7

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E3 (Employment status)
= 3 (Pupil, apprentice, university
student)
Question
Do you attend a school, a technical or
vocational school, a university or an in-firm
basic or advanced training?
1: School
2: Technical school (Berufsschule/Fachschule)
3: Technical college (University of Applied
Sciences)/University
(Fachhochschule/Universität)
4: In-firm training, apprenticeship (betriebliche
Ausbildung)
5: On-the-job advanced training (betriebliche
Fortbildung)
6: Refusal
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 1 (School)
Question
What type of school do you attend?
1: Lower secondary school (Hauptschule)
2: Intermediate secondary school (Realschule)
3: Upper secondary school (Gymnasium)
4: Integrated comprehensive school (Integrierte
Gesamtschule)
5: Secondary school/Middle school
(Sekundarschule/Mittelschule)
6: Special needs school (Sonderschule,
Förderschule)
7: Other
8: Refusal
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 1 (School)
Question
Is this an all-day school?
1: All-day school (Ganztagsschule)
2: Half-day school (Halbtagsschule)
3: Refusal
Filter
E6 (All-day/half-day school)
= 1 (All-day school)
Question
Do you regularly take part in all-day
activities at your school?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

E5
E9
E9

E9
E9
E9

E6

E7
E9
E9

E9

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Nr.
E8

E9

E11

E12

E13a

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E5 (School type)
= 3 (Upper secondary school)
Question
Is this a nine-year upper secondary school
(G9) or an eight-year upper secondary
school (G8)?
1: Nine-year (G9)
2: Eight-year (G8)
3: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
How long have you lived at your current
place of residence?
1: Since I was born
2: For more than 10 years
3: For 3 to 10 years
4: Or for less than 3 years
5: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
What’s your opinion on the social cohesion
in your neighbourhood? Is it:
1: Very good
2: Good
3: Satisfactory
4: Bad
5: Very bad
6: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
How many friends and acquaintances do
you have here? Would you say there were:
1: Many
2: Average
3: Not so many
4: Refusal
Int.
NOT church membership.
Question
Are you a member of a charitable or nonprofit organisation, club or society?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

E9

E11

E12

E13a

E13b
E13c/E14
E13c/E14

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E13b

E13c

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E13a (Member)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
Rotating items except “Other”
Int.
Please read out answer options. Multiple
responses possible.
Question
Are you member of one of the following
&
clubs or organisations?
Items
Sports club (1)
1 – 11
Culture, art or music club (2)
In the field of education or child care, e. g.
booster club (3)
Political party (4)
Trade union, professional association (5)
Youth organisation (6)
Aid agency, charity organisation (7)
Environmental or animal welfare
organisations (8)
Citizens' group, local initiative (9)
Other (10)
Refusal (11)
1: Yes
0: No
Filter
E2 (Year of birth)
= 1985 – 1995 (14–24 years)
Prog.
Rotating items except ”Other activities”.
Int.
Please read out answer options. Multiple
responses possible.
Question
When you think of your leisure time you
&
have during a typical week: How do you
spend most of the time?
Items
1–8
Using electronic media (internet,
PlayStation, computer games, iPod, mobile
phone etc.) (1)
Spending time with friends or
acquaintances, going out (2)
Watching TV, listening to the radio (3)
Doing sport, going on trips, hiking (4)
Working voluntarily for a good cause or
project (5)
Reading, creative or cultural activities (6)
Other activities (7)
Refusal (8)
1: Yes
0: No

Continue
with

E13c/
E14

E14

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Nr.
E14

E15

Type of
information
Question
&
Items
1–5

Filter

Question

E16

Filter

Question

Interview text and notes
Who lives in your household? Please do not
forget to include yourself.
How many children younger than 6 years
live in your household? (1)
How many children from 6 to under 14
years live in your household? (2)
How many persons from 14 to under 18
years live in your household?(3)
How many persons from 18 to 60 years live
in your household? (4)
How many persons older than 60 years live
in your household? (5)
Number of persons __ (Open response)
99: Refusal
E14 (Household persons)
= 1 (Children under 6 years)
= 2 (Children from 6 to 13 years)
How old is the youngest child in your
household?
__ years (Open response)
99: Refusal
E14 (Household persons)
= 1 (Children under 6 years)
= 2 (Children from 6 to under 14 years)
Are you the person in the household that
usually looks after the children?
1: Yes
2: Partly
3: No
4: Refusal

Continue
with

E15
E15
E18
E18
E18

E16

E17
E17
E18
E18

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Nr.
E17

E18

E19

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter a
E3 (Employment status)
= 2 (Unemployed)
= 3 (Pupil, apprentice, university
student)
= 4 (Housewife, house husband)
= 5 (Retired person, pensioner)
= 6 (Military service)
= 7 (Community service)
= 8 (Other)
= 9 (Refusal)
a. E14 (Household persons)
= 1 (Children under 6 years)
= 2 (Children from 6 to under 14 years)
a. E16 (Person usually looks after child[ren])
= 1 (Yes)
= 2 (Partly)
Question a Do you have enough time for other
activities apart from child care and
housework?
1: Yes
2: Partly
3: No
4: Refusal
Filter b
E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
a. E14 (Household persons)
= 1 (Children under 6 years)
= 2 (Children from 6 to under 14 years)
a. E16 (Person usually looks after child[ren])
= 1 (Yes)
= 2 (Partly)
Question b Do you have enough time for other
activities apart from child care and
housework and your paid work?
1: Yes
2: Partly
3: No
4: Refusal
Question
Is there a person in need of nursing care in
your family?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
E18 (Person in need of nursing care)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Is this you or another person?
1: Participant himself/herself
2: Other person
3: Refusal

Continue
with

E18

E18

E19
E22
E22

E22
E20
E22

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E20

E21

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E19 (Who is the person in need of nursing
care)
= 2 (Other person)
Question
Are you the person in the household that
usually takes care of the person in need of
nursing care?
1: Yes
2: Partly
3: No
4: Refusal
Filter a
E3 (Employment status)
= 2 (Unemployed)
= 3 (Pupil, apprentice, university
student)
= 4 (Housewife, house husband)
= 5 (Retired person, pensioner)
= 6 (Military service)
= 7 (Community service)
= 8 (Other)
= 9 (Refusal)
a. E20 (Participant takes care of person in
need of nursing)
= 1 (Yes)
= 2 (Partly)
Question a Do you have enough time for other
activities apart from the nursing and the
housework?
1: Yes
2: Partly
3: No
4: Refusal
Filter b
E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
a. E20 (Participant takes care of person in
need of nursing care)
= 1 (Yes)
= 2 (Partly)
Question b Do you have enough time for other
activities apart from the nursing and the
housework and your paid work?
1: Yes
2: Partly
3: No
4: Refusal

Continue
with

E21
E21
E22
E22

E22

E22

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E22

E22a

E23

E23a

E24

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Question
When you need help, e. g. with the
shopping, smaller tasks or with care for the
children or sick persons: Is there someone
outside your household you can ask for help
without any problems?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
E22 (Help from persons outside the
household possible)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
Multiple responses possible.
Question
Are these relatives, neighbours or other
&
acquaintances or friends?
Items
Relatives (1)
1–5
Neighbours (2)
Acquaintances/friends (3)
Others, e. g. district/visiting nurse (4)
Refusal (5)
1: Yes
0: No
Question
Or vice versa, are there persons outside
your household who you support yourself
regularly or occasionally, e. g. with the
shopping, smaller tasks or with the care of
the children or sick persons?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
E23 (Help for non-household members)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
Multiple responses possible.
Question
Are these relatives, neighbours or other
&
acquaintances or friends?
Items
Relatives (1)
1–5
Neighbours (2)
Acquaintances/Friends (3)
Others (4)
Refusal (5)
1: Yes
0: No
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
To what extent are you interested in politics
and what’s going on in public life?
1: Strongly
2: Moderately
3: Little
4: Refusal

Continue
with

E22a
E23
E23

E23

E23a
E24
E24

E24

E25

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E25

E30

E31

E32

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Int.
If necessary please read out the following text:
‘Have you done this already?’
Question
There are many possibilities to be politically
&
active. Which of the following have you
already done?
Items
1–5
Held a political office or other political
responsibility (1)
Signed petitions for political goals (2)
Participated in a demonstration (3)
Participated actively in a citizens’ group or
local initiative (4)
Attended a citizens’ meeting in your
hometown or neighbourhood (5)
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Question
Are you a member of a denomination or
religious group?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
E30 (Denomination/religion)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
Please read out answer option 1 and 2 ONLY.
Question
Are you ...
1: Roman Catholic
2: Protestant
3: Member of another Christian community
4: Muslim
5: Jewish
6: Other
7: Refusal
Filter
E30 (Denomination/religion)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
How strongly do you feel connected to your
church or religious group?
1: Strongly
2: Moderately
3: Little
4: Refusal

Continue
with

E30

E31
A1
A1

E32

A1

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Part A
A1

Type of
Interview text and notes
Continue
information
with
For all respondents: Volunteering, questions
about volunteering in general
Question
There are many possibilities to participate
&
in activities outside paid work or family , for
Items
example in a club, an initiative, a project or
a self-help group . I will name several
1 – 15
possible areas, please tell me if you actively
participate in one or more of these areas.
Do you actively participate …
In the area of sport and physical activity (1)
e. g. a sport club or a sport group?
In the area of culture and music (2)
e. g. a theatre or music group, a choral society,
a culture club or a support group?
In the area of leisure time and socialising (3)
e. g. a club, a club for young or elderly people?
In the social sector (4)
e. g. a charity or another aid agency, a support
group in your neighbourhood or a self-help
group?
In the health sector (5)
e. g. assisting with the nursing of sick people
or visiting services, in an association or selfhelp group?
In activities concerning school and nursery
school (6)
e. g. in a parents association, a student council
or a support group?
In the area of out-of-school youth work or
adult education (7)
e. g. looking after children or youth groups or
organising education events?
In natural conservation, environmental
protection or animal welfare (8)
e. g. in a respective association or project?
In the area of politics and political interest
groups (9)
e. g. in a party, district or city council, in political
initiatives or solidarity projects?
In the area of professional interest group
outside your company (10)
e. g. a trade union, a professional association,
an unemployment initiative?
In activities connected to a church or a
religion (12)
e. g. in a parish, an organisation of the church
or other religious communities?
In the area of justice or crime problems (13)
e. g. in a jury or as lay judge, in the care for
offenders and crime victims?

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A2

A3(1)

A3(1)1A

A3(1)1B

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
In an emergency or rescue service or in the
volunteer fire brigade? (14)
In other civic activities in the place you live
in (15)
e. g. in a citizens’ group or working group for
the local and transport development, also
citizens’ clubs and other activities, which
haven’t been named yet?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
The following questions A3(1) to A3(15) are
asked only when the answer to question A1
was YES for the respective area.
Text
We are now interested if you work
voluntarily in one of the areas mentioned
above, which means if you volunteer in
clubs, initiatives, projects or self-help
groups. We are referring to voluntary
activities where no payment or only small
allowances are received.
Filter
A1 (1) (Sport and physical activity)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T1 – 2
Question
You said you are active in the area of sport
and physical activity. Have you taken on
functions or tasks in this area that you
currently carry out voluntarily?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(1) (Sport and physical activity)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(1) (Sport and physical activity)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T1
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response

Continue
with

A2
A2/C1
A2/C1

A3(1)–(15)

A3(1)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(1)1B

A3(1)1C

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A3(1)1C

A3(1)2A

A3(1)2B

A3(2)

A3(2)1A

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(1) (Sport and physical activity)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of sport and
physical activity, in which you have taken
on voluntary tasks or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(1)1C (Sport and physical activity: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(1)1C (Sport and physical activity: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T2
Int.
Enter keywords. A) + B) = T2
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(2) (Culture and music)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T3 – 4
Question
You said you are active in the area of
culture and music. Have you taken on
voluntary tasks or functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(2) (Culture and music)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response

Continue
with

A3(1)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(1)2B

A3(*)/A4

A3(2)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(2)1B

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A3(2)1B

A3(2)1C

A3(2)2A

A3(2)2B

A3(3)

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(2) (Culture and music)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T3
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(2) (Culture and music)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of culture and
music, in which you have taken on
voluntary tasks or function?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(2)1C (Culture and music: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(2)1C (Culture and music: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T4
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(3) (Leisure time and sociability)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T5 – 6
Question
You said you are active in the area of leisure
time and socialising. Have you taken on
voluntary tasks or functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

A3(2)1C

A3(2)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(2)2B

A3(*)/A4

A3(3)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

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A3(3)1A

A3(3)1B

A3(3)1C

A3(3)2A

A3(3)2B

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(3) (Leisure time and socialising)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(3) (Leisure time and socialising)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T5
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(3) (Leisure time and socialising)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of leisure time
and socialising, in which you have taken on
voluntary tasks or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(3)1C (Leisure time and socialising: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(3)1C (Leisure time and socialising: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T6
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response

Continue
with

A3(3)1B

A3(3)1C

A3(3)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(3)2B

A3(*)/A4

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A3(4)

A3(4)1A

A3(4)1B

A3(4)1C

A3(4)2A

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A1(4) (Social sector)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T7 – 8
Question
You said you are active in the social sector.
Have you taken on voluntary tasks or
functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(4) (Social sector)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(4) (Social sector)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T7
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(4) (Social sector)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Is there another group, organisation or
establishment in the social sector, in which
you have taken on voluntary tasks or
function?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(4)1C (Social sector: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response

Continue
with

A3(4)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(4)1B

A3(4)1C

A3(4)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(4)2B

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A3(4)2B

A3(5)

A3(5)1A

A3(5)1B

A3(5)1C

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(4)1C (Social sector: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T8
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(5) (Health sector)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T9 – 10
Question
You said you are active in the health sector.
Have you taken on voluntary tasks or
functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(5) (Health sector)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(5) (Health sector)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T9
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(5) (Health sector)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Is there another group, organisation or
establishment in the health sector, in which
you have taken on voluntary tasks or
function?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

A(*)/A4

A3(5)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(5)1B

A3(5)1C

A3(5)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

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A3(5)2A

A3(5)2B

A3(6)

A3(6)1A

A3(6)1B

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(5)1C (Health sector: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(5)1C (Health sector: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T10
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(6) (School and nursery school)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T11 – 12
Question
You said you actively participate in
activities concerning school and nursery
school. Have you taken on voluntary tasks
or functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(6) (School and nursery school)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(6) (School and nursery school)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T11
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response

Continue
with

A3(5)2B

A3(*)/A4

A3(6)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(6)1B

A3(6)1C

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A3(6)1C

A3(6)2A

A3(6)2B

A3(7)

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(6) (School and nursery school)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments dealing with questions
around school and nursery school, in which
you have taken on voluntary tasks or
functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(6)1C (School and nursery school: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(6)1C (School and nursery school: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T12
Int.
Enter keywords. A) + B) = T12
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(7) (Out-of-school youth work or adult
education)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T13 – 14
Question
You said you are active in the area of out-ofschool youth work or adult education. Have
you taken on voluntary tasks or functions in
this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

A3(6)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(6)2B

A3(*)/A4

A3(7)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

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A3(7)1A

A3(7)1B

A3(7)1C

A3(7)2A

A3(7)2B

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(7) (Out-of-school youth work or adult
education)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(7) (Out-of-school youth work or adult
education)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T13
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(7) (Out-of-school youth work or adult
education)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of out-of-school
youth work or adult education, in which you
have taken on voluntary tasks or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(7)1C (Out-of-school youth work or adult
education: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(7)1C (Out-of-school youth work or adult
education: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T14
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response

Continue
with

A3(7)1B

A3(7)1C

A3(7)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(7)2B

A3(*)/A4

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Nr.
A3(8)

A3(8)1A

A3(8)1B

A3(8)1C

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A1(8) (Natural conservation, environmental
or animal welfare)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T15 – 16
Question
You said you are active in the area of
natural conservation, environmental
protection or animal welfare. Have you
taken on voluntary tasks or functions in this
area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(8) (Natural conservation, environmental
protection or animal welfare)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(8) (Natural conservation, environmental
or animal welfare)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T15
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(8) (Natural conservation, environmental
or animal welfare)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of natural
conservation, environmental or animal
welfare, in which you have taken on
voluntary tasks or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

A3(8)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(8)1B

A3(8)1C

A3(8)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

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Nr.
A3(8)2A

A3(8)2B

A3(9)

A3(9)1A

A3(9)1B

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(8)1C (Natural conservation,
environmental or animal welfare: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(8)1C (Natural conservation, environmental or animal welfare: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T16
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(9) (Politics and political interest groups)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T17 – 18
Question
You said you are active in the area of
politics or political interest groups. Have
you taken on voluntary tasks or functions in
this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(9) (Politics and political interest groups)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(9) (Politics and political interest groups)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T17
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response

Continue
with

A3(8)2B

A3(*)/A4

A3(9)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(9)1B

A3(9)1C

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A3(9)1C

A3(9)2A

A3(9)2B

A3(10)

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(9) (Politics and political interest groups)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of politics or
political interest groups, in which you have
taken on voluntary tasks or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(9)1C (Politics and political interest
groups: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(9)1C (Politics and political interest
groups: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T18
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(10) (Professional interest groups outside
your company)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T19 – 20
Question
You said you are active in the area of
professional interest groups outside your
company. Have you taken on voluntary
tasks or functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

A3(9)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(9)2B

A3(*)/A4

A3(10)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

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A3(10)1A

A3(10)1B

A3(10)1C

A3(10)2A

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(10) (Professional interest groups outside
your company)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(10) (Professional interest groups outside
your company)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T19
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(10) (Professional interest groups outside
your company)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of professional
interest groups outside your company, in
which you have taken on voluntary tasks or
functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(10)1C (Professional interest groups
outside your company: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response

Continue
with

A3(10)1B

A3(10)1C

A3(10)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(10)2B

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A3(10)2B

A3(12)

A3(12)1A

A3(12)1B

A3(12)1C

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(10)1C (Professional interest groups
outside your company: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T20
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(12) (Church or religion)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T23 – 24
Question
You said that you participate in activities
connected to the church or with another
religious background. Have you taken on
voluntary tasks or functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(12) (Church or religion)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(12) (Church or religion)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T23
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(12) (Church or religion)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Is there another group, organisation or
establishment related to the church or with
another religious background, in which you
have taken on voluntary tasks or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

A3(*)/A4

A3(12)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(12)1B

A3(12)1C

A3(12)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

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A3(12)2A

A3(12)2B

A3(13)

A3(13)1A

A3(13)1B

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(12)1C (Church or religion)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(12)1C (Church or religion)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T2
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(13) (Justice or crime problems)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T25 – 26
Question
You said you are active in the area of justice
or crime problems. Have you taken on
voluntary tasks or functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(13) (Justice or crime problems)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(13) (Justice or crime problems)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T25
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response

Continue
with

A3(12)2B

A3(*)/A4

A3(13)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(13)1B

A3(13)1C

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A3(13)1C

A3(13)2A

A3(13)2B

A3(14)

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(13) (Justice or crime problems)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of justice or
crime problems, in which you have taken on
voluntary tasks or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(13)1C (Justice or crime problems: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(13)1C (Justice or crime problems: other
group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T26
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(14) (Emergency or rescue service or
volunteer fire brigade)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T27 – 28
Question
You said you are active in an emergency or
rescue service or the volunteer fire brigade.
Have you taken on voluntary tasks or
functions in this area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

A3(13)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(13)2B

A3(*)/A4

A3(14)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

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A3(14)1A

A3(14)1B

A3(14)1C

A3(14)2A

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(14) (Emergency or rescue service or
volunteer fire brigade)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(14) (Emergency or rescue service or
volunteer fire brigade)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T27
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(14) (Emergency or rescue service or
volunteer fire brigade)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments in the area of emergency or
rescue services or the volunteer fire brigade,
in which you have taken on voluntary tasks
or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(14)1C (Emergency or rescue service or
volunteer fire brigade: other group
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response

Continue
with

A3(14)1B

A3(14)1C

A3(14)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

A3(14)2B

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A3(14)2B

A3(15)

A3(15)1A

A3(15)1B

A3(15)1C

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(14)1C (Emergency or rescue service or
volunteer fire brigade: other group
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T28
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A1(15) (Other civic activities in your
place)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
T29 – 30
Question
You said you participate in other civic
activities in your hometown. Have you
taken on voluntary tasks or functions in this
area?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
A3(15) (Other civic activities in your
place)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
In what group, organisation or
establishment do you volunteer? Please tell
me the name and a keyword describing
what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(15) (Other civic activities in your
place)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T29
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Filter
A3(15) (Other civic activities in your
place)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are there other groups, organisations or
establishments concerning other civic
activities in your hometown, in which you
have taken on voluntary tasks or functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

A3(*)/A4

A3(15)1A
A3(*)/A4/C1
A3(*)/A4/C1

A3(15)1B

A3(15)1C

A3(15)2A
A3(*)/A4
A3(*)/A4

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Nr.
A3(15)2A

A3(15)2B

A4

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(15)1C (Other civic activities in your
hometown: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If active in several groups, organisations or
establishments, please record information
about the most important one only.
Enter name.
Question
What kind of group, organisation is this?
Please tell me the name and a keyword
describing what it is about.
Open response
Filter
A3(15)1C (Other civic activities in your
hometown: other group)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
A) + B) = T30
Int.
Enter keywords.
Question
And what exactly do you do there? Which
task, function or work do you carry out?
Open response
Prog.
When no voluntary activity is mentioned in
questions A3(1) to (15), jump to PART C.
When one or more voluntary activities are
mentioned, continue with question A4.
Filter
A3(1)–A3(15) (Voluntary work in respective
area)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
Please show this text only when 2 or more
voluntary activities were mentioned.
Int.
Please read out the text on the next mask.
Make sure that no voluntary activity has been
mentioned more than once (if necessary check
with participant). If there are activities that have
been mentioned twice OR the person is
actually NOT doing any voluntary work: enter
the code of the activity that has to be deleted.
If necessary please read out the following text:
‘Please check that the activities I will read out
to you are not the same. The list should contain
only different activities.’
Question
You have named the following tasks,
functions or works that you carry out
voluntarily.
Code Text
1
Group/organisation – Task/function
2
Group/organisation – Task/function
3
Group/organisation – Task/function
4
Group/organisation – Task/function
5
Group/organisation – Task/function
6
Group/organisation – Task/function

Continue
with

A3(15)2B

A4

A3(1)-(15)=
Refusal: C;
A3(1)-(15)=
Activity: A4

1 Activity:
A6;
>1 Activity:
A5

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A5

A6

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
7
Group/organisation – Task/function
8
Group/organisation – Task/function
9
Group/organisation – Task/function
10
Group/organisation – Task/function
11
Group/organisation – Task/function
12
Group/organisation – Task/function
13
Group/organisation – Task/function
14
Group/organisation – Task/function
15
Group/organisation – Task/function
16
Group/organisation – Task/function
17
Group/organisation – Task/function
18
Group/organisation – Task/function
19
Group/organisation – Task/function
20
Group/organisation – Task/function
21 – 22 not recorded
23
Group/organisation – Task/function
24
Group/organisation – Task/function
25
Group/organisation – Task/function
26
Group/organisation – Task/function
27
Group/organisation – Task/function
28
Group/organisation – Task/function
29
Group/organisation – Task/function
30
Group/organisation – Task/function
31
All the listed activities are OK (please
confirm by entering the code “31”)
Filter
A3(1)–A3(15) (Voluntary work in respective
area)
= 1 (Yes)
a. A4 (Group/organisation – Task/function)
= More than one activity
Prog.
Enter code: Becomes B1
Int.
Please read out answer option if required.
Question
What is your most time-consuming
voluntary activity?
Most time for _____ (Open response)
31: Don‘t know/Refusal
Filter
A3(1)–A3(15) (Voluntary work in respective
area)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
All in all: How much time do you spend on
your voluntary work on average per week?
1: Up to 2 hrs. per week
2: 3–5 hrs. per week
3: 6–10 hrs. per week
4: 11–15 hrs. per week
5: More than 15 hrs. per week
6: Hard to tell, it’s not a regular activity
7: Refusal

Continue
with

A6

A7

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A7

A8

A9

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(1)–A3(15) (Voluntary work in respective
area)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Would you be willing and able to expand
your voluntary work and take on more tasks
if there was an interesting opportunity?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Hard to tell/It depends
4: Refusal
Filter
A3(1)A3(15) (Voluntary work in respective
area)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
When you look back: How old were you
when you first volunteered in clubs,
initiatives, projects or self-help groups?
__ years (Open response)
998: Don’t know
999: Refusal
Filter
A3(1)–A3(15) (Voluntary work in respective
area)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
For you personally, is your voluntary work
an important part of your life or is it not
very important? Would you say, it is …
1: Very important
2: Important
3: Less important or
4: Not important
5: Refusal

Continue
with

A8

A9

A10

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Nr.
A10

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
A3(1)–A3(15) (Voluntary work in respective
area)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If necessary please read out the following text:
‘Do you agree with the following statement?’
Question
Please tell me if you completely agree,
&
partly agree or totally disagree with the
Items
following statements about your voluntary
work.
1–5
By volunteering I want to shape society at
least on a small scale. (1)
By volunteering I want to get together with
other people. (2)
By volunteering I want to gain respect and
influence in my living environment. (3)
By volunteering I also want to make
progress in my professional career. (4)
I want to gain qualifications that are
important in life. (5)
1: I completely agree
2: I partly agree
3: I totally disagree
4: Refusal

Continue
with

B1

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Nr.
Part B1

B1-0

B1-1

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
For volunteers only: Description of the most
time-consuming activity
Prog.
Please show the name of the activity B1 in all
screen masks of the questions of block B1 on
the top of the page.
Int.
Please read out text shown on the screen.
Text
Our survey aims to obtain a comprehensive
picture of volunteering in Germany. You
support this with your answers. The
following questions refer directly to the
following activity you named: T1 – T30
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
How would you characterise this activity?
Which of the following descriptions fit best?
1: Honorary office
2: Volunteer work
3: Second job
4: Self-help
5: Civic engagement
6: Work in initiatives or projects
7: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
Is your voluntary activity directed at a
specific group of people?
1: Children and adolescents
2: Families
3: Elderly
4: Persons with disabilities
5: Immigrants, foreigners, refugees
6: Women
7: Unemployed persons, persons setting up a
new business or other persons looking for paid
work
8: Other group
9: No specific group of persons

10: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-1

B1-1a
B1-1d
B1-1c
B1-1d
B1-1d
B1-1d
B1-1d

B1-1d
B1-2a/
B1-2c/
B1-3
B1-2a/
B1-2c/
B1-3

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Nr.
B1-1a

B1-1b

B1-1c

B1-1d

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
B1-1 (Work for specific group of persons)
= 1 (Children and adolescents)
a. E2 (Year of birth)
< 1991
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
Are these predominantly:
1: Infants up to 5 years
2: School children from 6 to 13 years
3: Adolescents from 14 years
4: Or mixed ages
5: Refusal
Filter
B1-1 (Work for specific group of persons)
= 1 (Children and adolescents)
E2 (Year of birth)
< 1991
E14 (Persons in household)
= 1 (Children under 6 years)
= 2 (Children from 6 to under 14 years)
= 3 (Persons from 14 to 18 years)
Question
Is your voluntary activity also directly
concerned with your own children?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
B1-1 (Work for specific group of persons)
= 3 (Elderly)
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
Do these persons predominantly belong to
one of the following age groups?
1: 55 to 64 years
2: 65 to 75 years
3: Older than 75 years
4: Ages rather mixed
5: Refusal
Filter
B1-1 (Work for specific group of persons)
= 2 (Families)
= 3 (Elderly)
= 4 (Disabled persons)
= 5 (Immigrants, foreigners, refugees)
= 6 (Women)
= 7 (Unemployed, business founders)
= 8 (Other group)
Question
Is your voluntary activity also directly
concerned with members of your family?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-1b/
B1-2a/
B1-2c/
B1-3

B1-2a/
B1-2c/
B1-3

B1-1d/
B1-2a/
B1-2c/
1-3

B1-2a/
B1-2c
B1-3

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Nr.
B1-2a

B1-2b

B1-2c

B1-2d

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 1 (School)
= 2 (Technical school)
Question
Is your voluntary activity related to your
school?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 1 (School)
= 2 (Technical school)
a. B1-2a (Work related to school)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Do you receive enough support from your
school?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 3 (University)
Question
Is your voluntary activity related to
activities at your university?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 3 (University)
a. B1-2c (Work related to university)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Do you receive enough support from your
university?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-2b
B1-3
B1-3

B1-3

B1-2d
B1-3
B1-3

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Nr.
B1-3

B1-3a

B1-6

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
In which organisational framework do you
volunteer? Is this …
1: A club
2: An association
3: A trade union
4: A political party
5: The church or other religious communities
6: A self-help group
7: An initiative or a project
8: A self-organised group
9: A state or municipal facility
10: A private body
11: A foundation
12: Alone, not connected to a group,
organisation or body
13: Other
14: Refusal
Filter
B1-3a (Organisational framework)
= 11 (Foundation)
Question
Is this a so called citizens’ foundation
(Bürger-Stiftung)?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Prog.
Please enter organisation:
Your club/
Your association/
Your trade union/
Your political party/
Your church or other religious community/
Your self-help group/
Your initiative or a project/
Your self-organized group/
This state or municipal facility/
This private body/
This foundation;
Enter according to B1-3. Also in the questions
B1-7a; B1-7b.
Question
Are there also persons working as paid
employees in _____?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don’t know
4: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-6
B1-6
B1-6
B1-6
B1-6
B1-6
B1-6
B1-6
B1-6
B1-6
B1-3a
B1-8
B1-6
B1-8

B1-6

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B1-7a

B1-7b

B1-8

B1-10

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Prog.
Please enter organisation according to B1-3.
Question
Is there a contact person in _____, who is
especially responsible for the volunteers?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don’t know
4: Refusal
Prog.
Please enter organisation according to B1-3.
Question
Do you have sufficient possibilities to have
a say in _____?
1: Yes
2: Partly
3: No
4: Refusal
Int.
Please read out answer options. Multiple
responses possible.
Question
What are the main tasks of your voluntary
&
activity? Is it mainly about …?
Items
Personal help (1)
1 – 13
Organising and realising aid projects (2)
Organising and realising meetings and
events (3)
Consulting (4)
Teaching assistance or guidance of a group
(5)
Representation of interests or expressing
opinions (6)
Public relations (7)
Administrative tasks (8)
Practical work which has to be done (9)
Networking (10)
Fundraising (11)
None of the above/Other (12)
Refusal (13)
1: Yes
0: No
Question
Do you hold a management or executive
position?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

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with
B1-7b

B1-8

B1-10

B1-11

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B1-11

B1-12

B1-13

B1-14

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Int.
If necessary please read the following text: ‘Is
this required for your voluntary activity to a
great degree, to a certain degree or not
required?’
Question
What requirements do you have to fulfil for
&
your voluntary activity? Please tell me if the
Items
following is required to a great degree, to a
certain degree or not required.
1 – 10
Talent for organising (1)
Leadership qualities (2)
Commitment (3)
Expert knowledge (4)
To have a way with people (5)
Experience with public authorities (6)
Ability to cope with stress (7)
Selflessness (8)
Imagination, creativity (9)
Good time management (10)
1: Required to a great degree
2: Required to a certain degree
3: Not required
4: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
How do you cope with these requirements?
1: I am always able to cope with the
requirements
2: Sometimes it is too much for me
3: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
To which degree have you acquired abilities
during your voluntary activity that are
important to you?
1: To a very high degree
2: To a high degree
3: To a certain degree
4: Not at all
5: Refusal
Question
Do you use the internet for your voluntary
activity (incl. Email)?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

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with

B1-12

B1-13

B1-14

B1-15
B1-17
B1-17

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B1-15

B1-17

B1-18

B1-20

B1-21

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
B1-14 (Using internet)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
If necessary please out read the following text:
‘How important is this feature of the internet
for your voluntary activity?’
Question
Please tell me if the following features of
&
the internet are very important, important
or less important for your voluntary activity.
Items
1–5
To find information (1)
Building and maintaining contacts and
networks (2)
To get attention for your organisation or
group, to promote your cause (3)
To exchange information and express
opinions (4)
To organise and process pending work (5)
1: Very important
2: Important
3: Less important
4: Refusal
Have you attended courses or seminars for
Question
further education in connection with your
voluntary activity?
1: Yes, once
2: Yes, several times
3: No/No offers available
4: Refusal
Question
Does this voluntary activity include a
regular time commitment for you?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
How often do you work as a volunteer?
1: Daily
2: Several times a week
3: Once a week
4: Several times a month
5: Once a month
6: Less often
7: Refusal
Int.
Please enter full hours (0 – 200).
Question
How many hours per month do you spend
approximately on your voluntary activity?
___ hrs. (Open response)
0: Less than one hour
9998: Don‘t know
9999: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-17

B1-18

B1-20

B1-21

B1-22

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B1-22

B1-22a

B1-23

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Question
Is it possible to receive reimbursement for
your expenses if you provide a receipt?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Does not apply, I do not have expenses
4: Refusal
Filter
B1-22 (Reimbursement for expenses)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Do you use this possibility regularly or
occasionally?
1: Yes, regularly
2: Yes, occasionally
3: No
4: Refusal
Int.
Please read out answer options. Multiple
responses possible.
Question
Do you personally receive certain payments,
&
for example …
Items
A lump sum allowance (1)
1–6
An honorarium, a fee (2)
A marginal allowance (3)

B1-24

Filter

Question

Non-cash payments, as tickets for public
transport, private use of group rooms or
equipment (4)
No, none of the above (5)
Refusal (6)
1: Yes
0: No
B1-23 (Payments)
= 1 (Lump sum allowance)
= 2 (Honorarium)
= 3 (Marginal allowance)
Do you receive these payments regularly or
only occasionally?
1: Regularly
2: Occasionally
3: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-22a
B1-23
B1-23
B1-23

B1-23

B1-24/
B1-27
B1-24/
B1-27
B1-24/
B1-27
B1-27
B1-27
B1-27

B1-25

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B1-25

B1-26a

B1-26b

B1-26c

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
B1-23 (Payments)
= 1 (Lump sum allowance)
= 2 (Honorarium)
= 3 (Marginal allowance)
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
Do you think these payments are …
1: Appropriate
2: Too low
3: Or too high
4: Refusal
Filter
B1-23 (Payments)
= 1 (Lump sum allowance)
= 2 (Honorarium)
= 3 (Marginal allowance)
Question
Please estimate, how much do you receive
per month on average: Less or more than
150 Euros?
1: Up to 150 Euros
2: More than 150 Euros
3: Refusal
Filter
B1-23 (Payments)
= 1 (Lump sum allowance)
= 2 (Honorarium)
= 3 (Marginal allowance)
a. B1-26a (Allowances per month [150 Euros])
= 1 (Up to 150 Euros)
Question
Less or more than 50 Euros?
1: Up to 50 Euros
2: More than 50 Euros
3: Refusal
Filter
B1-23 (Payments)
= 1 (Lump sum allowance)
= 2 (Honorarium)
= 3 (Marginal allowance)
a. B1-26b (Allowances per month [150 Euros])
= 2 (More than 150 Euros)
Question
Less or more than 350 Euros?
1: Up to 350 Euros
2: More than 350 Euros
3: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-26a

B1-26b
B1-26c
B1-27

B1-27

B1-27
B1-26d
B1-27

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B1-26d

B1-27

B1-28

B1-29

B1-30

B1-30a

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
B1-23 (Payments)
= 1 (Lump sum allowance)
= 2 (Honorarium)
= 3 (Marginal allowance)
a. B1-26c (Allowances per month [150 Euros])
= 2 (More than 350 Euros)
Question
Less or more than 500 Euros?
1: Up to 500 Euros
2: More than 500 Euros
3: Refusal
Question
Will your voluntary activity end in the
foreseeable future or is it not time-limited?
1: Will end in the foreseeable future
2: Not time-limited
3: Refusal
Question
Is your activity also done by other persons
working as employees, which means as
paid work?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don‘t know
4: Refusal
Filter
B1-28 (Work done by employees)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Would you personally be interested in doing
your activity as paid work?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Question
Is your voluntary activity related to your
current or former occupational activity?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Int.
Please don’t read out answer option 3.
Question
Are there voluntary activities in your
environment that were done as paid work
before?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don‘t know
4: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-27

B1-28

B1-29
B1-30
B1-30
B1-30

B1-30

B1-30a

B1-31

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B1-31

B1-32

Type of
information
Prog.
Question
&
Items
1 – 10

Question

Interview text and notes
Rotating items
What do you expect from your voluntary
activity?
Please answer this question using the scale
from 1 to 5, 1 means: That is not important
to me, and 5 means: That is extremely
important to me.
You can use the numbers between 1 and 5
to grade your answer. How important is it
for you that …
You can do something that’s for the public
good (1)
You can help other people (2)
You can support your own interests (3)
You enjoy this work (4)
You meet people you find likeable (5)
You can extend your expertise and
experiences (6)
You carry responsibility and can make
decisions (7)
You get recognition for your work (8)
You can contribute your knowledge and
competencies (9)
You can spend time with people from other
generations (10)
1: Not important
2:
3:
4:
5: Extremely important
8: Don’t know
9: Refusal
Now a different question: For how many
years have you done this voluntary activity
already?
For __ years (Open response)
0: Less than 1 year
999: Refusal

Continue
with
B1-32

B1-33

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B1-33

B1-34

B1-34a

B1-34b

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Int.
Please read out answer options. Multiple
responses possible.
Question
How was your voluntary activity initiated?
&
The impetus came from …
Items
An executive person of your group or
1–8
organisation where you work (1)
Friends or acquaintances, who were already
active as volunteers there (2)
Members of your family, who were already
active as volunteers there (3)
An information or contact office (4)
Information by the press, radio or television
(5)
Own experiences, which moved you to
become active as a volunteer (6)
Other (7)
Refusal (8)
1: Yes
0: No
Question
Was it your initiative or were you recruited
or asked if you wanted to take on a
voluntary activity?
1: Own initiative
2: Was recruited/asked
3: None of the above, grew into this activity
4: Doesn‘t apply
5: Refusal
Filter
B1-33 (Impetus)
= 6 (Own experiences)
Question
You said that own experiences initiated
your voluntary activity. Did you make these
experiences in the family sphere (e. g.
nursing a family member or child care)?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don‘t know
4: Refusal
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 1 (School)
Int.
Please don’t read out answer option 3.
Question
Did your school give impetus for your
voluntary activity, for example by projects,
work groups or other ideas?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don‘t know
4: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-34

B1-34a/
B1-34b/
B1-35/
B1-36

B1-34b/
B1-35/
B1-36

B1-34c
B1-36
B1-36
B1-36

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B1-34c

B1-35

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 1 (School)
a. B1-34b (Impetus for volunteering by school)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
Multiple responses possible.
Question
What impetus or idea was that?
&
Social or charitable projects during the
Items
lessons (1)
1–7
Work in student committees (for example,
class council, student council, student
conference etc.) (2)
Activity in work groups (for example, school
newspaper, work group “Third World”,
work group for the organisation of school
festivals or similar) (3)
Cooperation with social or charitable
organisations outside school (4)
Personal commitment or taking on tasks
individually (for example, as mediator,
school medical services) (5)
Other (6)
Refusal (7)
1: Yes
0: No
Filter
E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
Int.
Please do not read out answer option 3.
Question
And now another question about your
employer. Does your employer support your
voluntary activity?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Not required
4: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-36

B1-35a
B1-36
B1-36
B1-36

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B1-35a

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
a. B1-35 (Support by employer)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
Rotating items.
Int.
Please read out all options, mark where
applicable.
Multiple responses possible.
If necessary please read out the following text:
‘How does your employer support your
voluntary activity?’
Question
How does your employer support your
&
voluntary activity?
Items
Exemption from work for my volunteering
1–5
(1)
I am allowed to use the infrastructure for
my voluntary activity, for example rooms,
telephones or copy machines (2)
Flexible working hours support my
voluntary activity (3)
My voluntary activity receives
acknowledgement, for example praise or
promotion (4)
Other (5)
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don‘t know
4: Refusal

Continue
with

B1-36

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B1-36

Type of
Interview text and notes
Continue
information
with
Prog.
Rotating items.
Int.
Please read out all options, mark where
applicable.
Multiple responses possible.
Question
There is a lot of discussion on how
B1-37
&
voluntary activity could be promoted and
Items
supported.
The question concerns what organisations
1–8
themselves could do. When you think of
your voluntary activity, where are there
problem areas, where would you say
improvements are necessary? In relation to:
Professional support of your voluntary
activity (1)
Training opportunities (2)
Recognition by the paid employees at your
organisation (3)
Payment of your voluntary activity (4)
Non-bureaucratic reimbursement of
expenses (5)
Provision of rooms and equipment for the
project and group work (6)
Financing of certain projects (7)
None of the above (8)
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don‘t know
4: Refusal

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B1-37

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Prog.
Rotating items.
Int.

Question
&
Items
1–8

B1-38

Prog.
Text

B1-39

Prog.
Int.
Question

Please read out all options, mark where
applicable.
Multiple responses possible.
Other suggestions to support volunteering
are directed at the state and the public.
Please think of your own voluntary activity
and your personal situation. Where would
you say improvements are necessary? In
relation to:
Protection by liability and accident
insurances (1)
Tax deductibility of expenses (2)
Tax exemption of allowances (3)
Recognition of voluntary activity as
internship or professional training (4)
Public recognition by honours or similar (5)
Public recognition by reports in the media
(6)
Better information and advice about
opportunities for voluntary activity (7)
None of the above (8)
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don‘t know
4: Refusal
If in question A4 only one activity is mentioned,
please show the following connecting phrase:
Thank you for the information about your
volunteering. We now have some general
questions.
When in question A4 two activities are listed,
please show the following text.
Please read out text shown on the screen.
Thank for the information about your most
important activity. You mentioned before
that you have taken on a second voluntary
activity: (Activity 2: Organisation/activity).
Would you answer some question about
this activity?
1: No
2: Yes

Continue
with

B1-38/
B1-39/
B1-40

D1

D1
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B1-40

Part B2

B2-0

B2-1

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Prog.
If in question A4 three or more activities are
mentioned, one will be chosen randomly.
Following text.
Int.
Please read out text shown on the screen.
Question
Thank you for the information about your
most important voluntary activity. You
mentioned that you have taken on several
voluntary activities. We will choose one at
random: (chosen activity:
organisation/activity)
Would you answer some questions about
this activity?
1: No
2: Yes
Text
Thank you for the information about your
voluntary activity. We now have some general
questions.
Filter
For volunteers only: Description of the
second activity
Prog.
Please show the name of the activity B2 in all
screen masks of the questions of block B2 on
the top of the page.
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
How would you characterise this activity?
Which of the following descriptions fits
best?
1: Honorary office
2: Volunteer work
3: Second job
4: Self-help
5: Civic engagement
6: Work in initiatives or projects
7: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
Is your voluntary activity directed at a
specific group of people?
1: Children and adolescents
2: Families
3: Elderly
4: Persons with disabilities
5: Immigrants, foreigners, refugees
6: Women
7: Unemployed persons, persons founding a
new business or other persons looking for
work
8: Other group of people
9: No specific group of people
10: Refusal

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with

D1
B2-0

B2-1

B2-3

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B2-3

B2-5

B2-6

B2-8

B2-16

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
In which organisational framework do you
volunteer? Is this …
1: A club
2: An association
3: A trade union
4: A political party
5: The church or other religious communities
6: A self-help group
7: An initiative or a project
8: A self-organised group
9: A state or municipal facility
10: A private body
11: A foundation
12: Alone, not in a group, organisation or body
13: Other
14: Refusal
Question
Do you hold a management or executive
position?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Question
Does this voluntary activity include a
regular time commitment for you?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
How often do you work as volunteer?
1: Daily
2: Several times a week
3: Once a week
4: Several times a month
5: Once a month
6: Less often
7: Refusal
Question
Now a different question: For how many
years have you done this voluntary activity
already?
__ years (Open response)
0: Less than 1 year
999: Refusal

Continue
with

B2-5

B2-6

B2-8

B2-16

B2-17

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B2-17

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Question
Will your voluntary activity end in the
foreseeable future or is it not time-limited?
1: Will end in the foreseeable future
2: Not time-limited
3: Refusal
Thank you for the information about your
Text
voluntary activities. We now have some
more general questions.

Continue
with
D1

D1

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Part C

C1

C3

C4

C6

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
For non-volunteers only: Former
volunteering, reasons for ending, potential
and impediments
Question
Did you volunteer in clubs, initiatives,
projects or self-help groups in the past? Did
you take on voluntary tasks and functions?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
C1 (Former volunteering)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
How do you evaluate your volunteering at
that time today? Were your experiences …
1: Very positive
2: Rather positive
3: Rather negative
4: Very negative
5: Refusal
Filter
C1 (Former volunteering)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
Rotating items.
Int.
Multiple responses possible.
Question
Why did you end your voluntary work at
&
that time?
Items
It was too time-consuming (1)
1–7
My expenses were too high (2)
The group or organisation was disbanded
(3)
The project ran out of funds (4)
I moved to another area (5)
The activity was time-limited (6)
Other (7)
None of the above (8)
Refusal (9)
1: Yes
0: No
Int.
Please do not read out item 4 “Don’t know,
have not considered it yet“.
Question
Would you be interested in volunteering in
clubs, initiatives, projects or self-help
groups and take on voluntary tasks or
functions now or at a later time?
1: Yes
2: Maybe, it depends
3: No
4: Don’t know, have not considered it yet
5: Refusal

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with

C3
C6
C6

C4

C6

C7
C7
D1
D1
D1

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C7

C8

C9

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
C6 (Willingness to volunteer)
= 1 (Yes)
= 2 (Maybe, it depends)
Question
Would you use the internet to find
information about volunteering?
1: Yes, I have already done this
2: Yes, I would
3: No, I wouldn’t
4: Don’t know
5: Refusal
Filter
C6 (Willingness to volunteer)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Do you have specific ideas in which area
you would like to volunteer?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
C8 (Specific ideas for volunteering)
= 1 (Yes)
Int.
Please do not read answer options to the
participant. Note down the spontaneous reply
and assign it to the relevant area. Multiple
responses possible.
Question
Which area or areas are you considering?
&
Sport and physical activity (1)
Items
Culture and music (2)
1 – 15
Leisure time and socialising (3)
Social sector (4)
Health sector (5)
Schools and nursery schools (6)
Out-of-school youth work or adult
education (7)
Natural conservation, environmental or
animal welfare (8)
Politics and political interest groups (9)
Professional interest groups outside your
company (10)
Church or religion (11)
Justice or crime problems (12)
Emergency or rescue service or the
volunteer fire brigade (13)
Other civic activities in your place (14)
Refusal (15)
1: Yes
0: No

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with

C8 /D1

C9
D1
D1

C10

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C10

C12

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
C8 (Specific ideas for volunteering)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Do you know who to contact if you would
like to receive detailed information about
opportunities and prerequisites for
volunteering?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
C8 (Specific ideas for volunteering)
= 1 (Yes)
Prog.
Rotating items.
Question
If you did volunteer, what would be
&
important for your voluntary work?
I will read to you different options. Please
Items
answer using the scale from 1 to 5, 1 means:
1 – 11
That is not important to me, and 5 means:
That is extremely important to me.
You can use the numbers between 1 and 5
to grade your answer. How important
would it be for you that …
You can do something that’s for the public
good (1)
You can help other people (2)
You can support your own interests (3)
You enjoy this work (4)
You meet people you find likeable (5)
You can extend your expertise and
experiences (6)
The work is beneficial for your current job
and future job opportunities (7)
You carry responsibility and can make
decisions (8)
You get recognition for your work (9)
You can contribute your knowledge and
skills (10)
You can spend time with people from
different generations (11)
1: Not important
2:
3:
4:
5: Extremely important
8: Don’t know
9: Refusal

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C12

D1

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D1

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
All: Contact offices, occupation, income,
migration, education and value orientation
Filter
BULA (Federal states)
= 1 (Schleswig-Holstein)
= 2 (Hamburg)
= 3 (Lower Saxony)
= 4 (Bremen)
= 5 (North Rhine-Westphalia)
= 6 (Hesse)
= 7 (Rhineland-Palatinate)
= 8 (Baden-Württemberg)
= 9 (Bavaria)
= 11 (Berlin)
= 12 (Brandenburg)
= 13 (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania)
= 14 (Saxony)
= 15 (Saxony-Anhalt)
= 16 (Thuringia)
Question
In many cities and councils there are
information and contact offices addressing
citizens interested in voluntary work. For
example, voluntary agencies, self-help
contact offices, senior offices or
multigenerational homes
(Mehrgenerationhäuser). Were you already
in touch with such an office?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

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D4

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D4

D5

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
BULA (Federal states)
= 1 (Schleswig-Holstein)
= 2 (Hamburg)
= 3 (Lower Saxony)
= 4 (Bremen)
= 5 (North Rhine-Westphalia)
= 6 (Hesse)
= 7 (Rhineland-Palatinate)
= 8 (Baden-Württemberg)
= 9 (Bavaria)
= 11 (Berlin)
= 12 (Brandenburg)
= 13 (Mecklenburg-West Pomerania)
= 14 (Saxony)
= 15 (Saxony-Anhalt)
= 16 (Thuringia)
Question
Would you personally be interested in
asking for information about opportunities
for volunteering at such an office?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
E3 (Employment status)
= 2 (Unemployed)
= 3 (Pupil, apprentice, university student)
= 4 (Housewife, house husband)
= 5 (Retired person, pensioner)
= 6 (Military service)
= 7 (Community service)
= 8 (Other)
Question
Finally some questions about occupational
activities. Do you regularly or occasionally
carry out paid work to earn money?
1: Yes, regularly
2: Yes, occasionally
3: No
4: Refusal

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with

D5/D6/D23/
D24/
D25/
D27

D6
D6
D24/D25/
D26/D27
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D10

D15

D23

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
D5 (Current paid work)
= 1 (Yes, regularly)
= 2 (Yes, occasionally)
a. E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
Question
How many hours on average do you carry
out paid work per week?
__ hrs. per week (Open response)
88: Refusal
99: Don’t know
Filter
D5 (Current paid work)
= 1 (Yes, regularly)
= 2 (Yes, occasionally)
a. E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
Int.
Please read answer options.
Question
Please relate the following question to your
current paid work. What is your
occupational status?
1: Blue-collar worker
2: White-collar employee
3: Civil servant
4: Self-employed
5: Other
6: Refusal
Filter
D10 (Occupational status)
= 5 (Other)
Question
Are you …
1: In an apprentice- or internship
2: A family member supporting family business
3: A temporary worker
4: In a voluntary social or ecological year
5: Other
6: Refusal
Filter
E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
Question
Are you able to plan your leisure time over
the week? Or is your weekly schedule too
irregular due to your professional
commitments?
1: I am mostly able to plan my leisure time
2: My weekly schedule is too irregular
3: It differs
4: Refusal

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with

D10

D23
D23
D23
D23
D15
D27

D23/
D24/
D25/
D26/
D27

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D24

D25

D26

D27

D29

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E3 (Employment status)
= 3 (Pupil, apprentice, university student)
Question
Are you able to plan your leisure time over
the week? Or is your weekly schedule
irregular due to commitments at your
school, your job training or the university?
1: I am mostly able to plan my leisure time
2: My weekly schedule is too irregular
3: It differs
4: Refusal
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 1 (School)
= 2 (Technical school)
Question
Do you have enough leisure time for other
things apart from school or job training?
1: Yes, most of the time
2: No, mostly not
3: It differs
4: Refusal
Filter
E4 (Type of education)
= 3 (University)
D5 (Currently paid work)
= 1 (Yes, regularly)
= 2 (Yes, occasionally)
Question
Do you have enough leisure time for other
things apart from your paid work and your
studies?
1: Yes, most of the time
2: No, mostly not
3: It differs
4: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Question
How would you rate your financial
situation? As …
1: Very good
2: Good
3: Satisfactory
4: Rather bad
5: Bad
6: Refusal
Question
Some people occasionally or regularly
donate to social or charitable causes? Did
you make such donations in the last 12
months?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

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with

D25/
D26/
D27

D27

D27

D29

D29a
D31
D31

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D29a

D29b

D29c

D29d

D29e

D31

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
D29 (Donations in the last 12 months)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Did you donate more or less than 100 Euros
in the last 12 months?
1: Less than/up to 100 Euros
2: More than 100 Euros
3: Refusal
Filter
D29a (Donation [limit 100 Euros])
= 2 (More than 100 Euros)
Question
Less or more than 500 Euros?
1: Less than/up to 500 Euros
2: More than 500 Euros
3: Refusal
D29b (Donation [limit 100 Euros])
= 2 (More than 500 Euros)
Question
Less or more than 1000 Euros?
1: Less than/up to 1000 Euros
2: More than 1000 Euros
3: Refusal
Filter
D27 (Rating of financial situation)
= 1 (Very good)
= 2 (Good)
Question
Some people transfer parts of their wealth
to a foundation, which supports charitable
activities. Have you heard of this before?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Don’t know
4: Refusal
Filter
D29d (Knowledge of transferring property
to a foundation)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Would that be an option for you?
1: No
2: I have already done this
3: Would be an option
4: Don’t know
5: Refusal
Question
Now some questions about you personally:
Is your citizenship German?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

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D31
D29b
D31

D31
D29c
D31

D31
D31
D31

D29e
D31
D31
D31

D31

D32
D34
D34

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D32

D33

D34

D36

D37

D38

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
D31 (German citizenship)
= 1 (Yes)
Question
Are you a German citizen since birth?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Int.
Please read out the answer options.
Filter
D32 (German citizenship since birth)
= 2 (No)
Question
How did you receive German citizenship?
1: By naturalisation
2: By recognition as repatriate (so called
Aussiedler)
3: Other
4: Refusal
Question
Were you born in Germany (including
former Eastern territories, which do not
belong to Germany anymore)?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal
Filter
D34 (Born in Germany)
= 2 (No)
Question
In which country were you born?
In ___________________ (Open response)
0: Refusal
Filter
D34 (Born in Germany)
= 2 (No)
Question
When did you move to Germany?
Year ____ (Open response)
0: Refusal
Question
Were both your parents born in Germany?
1: Yes, both

2: One parent
3: No, both not
4: Refusal

D39

Filter
Question

D38 (Both parents born in Germany)
= 1 (One parent)
In which country was the parent born who
was not born in Germany?
In ___________________ (Open response)
0: Refusal

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with

D34
D33
D34

D34

D38
D36
D38

D37

D38

D44/
D45/
D46/
D47
D39
D41
D44/
D45/
D46/
D47

D44/
D45/
D46/
D47

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D41

D42

D44

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
D38 (Both parents born in Germany)
= 2 (No, both not)
Question
In which country was your mother born?
In ___________________ (Open response)
0: Refusal
Filter
D38 (Both parents born in Germany)
= 2 (No, both not)
Question
In which country was your father born?
In ___________________ (Open response)
0: Refusal
Filter

Question

D45

Filter

Question

D31 (German citizenship)
= 1 (Yes)
a. E1 (Sex)
= 1 (Male)
a. E2 (Year of birth)
>1940
a. E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
= 2 (Unemployed)
= 3 (Pupil, apprentice, university student)
= 4 (Housewife, house husband)
= 5 (Retired person, pensioner)
= 8 (Other)
Have you done compulsory military service
(Wehrdienst) or community service
(Zivildienst)?
1: Yes, military service
2: Yes, community service
3: No, neither
4: No, not yet
5: Refusal
D31 (German citizenship)
= 1(Yes)
a. E2 (Year of birth)
>1940
Have you ever done a voluntary social year
or a voluntary service?
1: Yes
2: No
3: Refusal

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with

D42

D44/
D45/
D46/
D47

D45/
D46/
D47

D46/
D47

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D46

Type of
Interview text and notes
information
Filter
E3 (Employment status)
= 1 (Employed)
= 2 (Unemployed)
= 4 (Housewife, house husband)
= 5 (Retired person, pensioner)
= 6 (Military service)
= 7 (Community service)
= 8 (Other)
= 9 (Refusal)
a. E4 (Type of education)
= 3 (University)
= 4 (Apprenticeship)
= 5 (Advanced training)
= 6 (Refusal)
Int.
Please read out the answer options. One
response only.
Question
What is the highest degree of qualification
that you received?
1: Lower secondary school (Volks- oder
Hauptschule/Abschluss 8. Klasse)
2: Intermediate secondary school (Mittlere
Reife/Abschluss 10. Klasse)
3: Upper secondary education as entrance
qualification for an advanced technical
university/college/University of Applied
Sciences (Fachhochschulreife)
4: Upper secondary education as entry
qualification for the university
(Abitur/Hochschulreife)
5: University degree (Abgeschlossenes
Hochschulstudium)
6: No school leaving certificate (Keinen
Schulabschluss)
7: Refusal

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with

D47

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D47

Type of
information
Prog.
Question
&
Items
1 – 12

Interview text and notes
Rotating items.
Finally one very general question.
When you think about what you are aiming
for in life: How important are the following
things to you?
Again please use the scale from 1 to 5, 1
means: That is not important to me, and 5
means: That is extremely important to me.
You can use the numbers between 1 and 5
to grade your answer. How important are
the following things for you?
To be hard-working and ambitious (1)
To have a high standard of living (2)
To have power and influence (3)
To develop imagination and creativity (4)
To achieve security (5)
To help people who are disadvantaged or
from a marginalised group (6)
To assert myself and get others to agree to
my needs (7)
To respect law and order (8)
To also tolerate opinions you would not
normally agree with (9)
To be politically active (10)
To enjoy the good things in life to the full
(11)
To be active in support of natural
conservation (12)
1: Not important
2:
3:
4:
5: Extremely important
8: Don‘t know
9: Refusal

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with
D48

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D48

End

Type of
information
Int.
Question
&
Items
1–3

Text

Interview text and notes

Continue
with

No rotation.
And how important are the following things END
to you? Please use the scale again.
To have time for my family (1)
To have time for friends, hobbies and
travelling (2)
To have time for education and further
training (3)
1: Not important
2:
3:
4:
5: Extremely important
8: Don’t know
9: Refusal
Thank you for your time. We wish you a
End
pleasant evening!

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