Research data provide the basis for scientific knowledge in empirical educational research. Regardless of original purpose of assessment, the data can often provide the basis for further research. Subject to the “alliance for research data in education“ and the research data centre (FDZ Bildung), DIPF secures scientific data, prepares them for the purpose of re-use and offers educational researchers a reliable repository for the data they assess. Still: DIPF does not only participate in provision of data, but also the assessment of research data for instance in the context of large-scale assessments such as NEPS, PISA or PIAAC.
Together with GESIS (Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences) and the Institute for Quality in Education (IQB), DIPF operates the alliance for research data in education (only in German). Accordingly, research data that were generated by the BMBF Framework Programme for Empirical Educational Research are secured and, if possible, held available for further usage. A technological, organisational and legal infrastructure is being set up, to
- Assure research data in a protected environment,
- Offer research data and research instruments in compliance with the law,
- Inform about the state of studies and data at a central location, and
- Qualify and train users on data management concerns.
The research data centre for education (Forschungsdatenzentrum Bildung, FDZ Bildung) at DIPF is a central address for qualitative empirical educational research. Audiovisual research data (AV data). Are archived and made accessible. As one element in the context of FDZ Bildung, the database for school quality (DAQS) holds assessment instruments from quantitative research (questionnaires, scales and tests). A central repository provides for re-usage of relevant datasets and instruments, in compliance with data protection and other legal norms. Moreover, contextual information is offered on the pertinent studies and publications. So far, the contents hosted by FDZ Bildung have focused on instruments and datasets from research on school and instructional quality.
At DIPF, the research data centre currently offers more than 1000 video and audio data as well as approximately 4000 scales in full text format, and 40 original questionnaires.
DIPF participates in several panel studies and large-scale social scientific assessments, e.g. PISA, PIAAC or NEPS: