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Call for Modules - FReDA – The German Family Demographics Panel

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Once again, the FReDA team is offering the opportunity to submit your own modules or individual questions. Deadline for submissions is 31.05.2024, and results will be announced in November 2024.

You are invited to submit your research questions to FReDA. A total of 3 minutes of questioning time is available for this, which can be made up of several submissions from different applicants. After reviewing the suitability of the questions in terms of form and content, the FReDA committees will decide which submissions will become part of the open FReDA module.  About 22,000 anchor respondents will then be asked the selected questions. 

Topics include:

  • Families and private living arrangements
  • Relationships and the division of tasks within partnerships
  • Parenthood and parent-child relationships
  • Desire to have children,family planning
  • Single life
  • Intergenerational relationships

Please note the following when submitting modules or individual questions:

Submissions can be made in German or English. However, a German translation must be provided for any questions in English, as the FReDA study itself is conducted in German.

The FReDA study is conducted in self-administered mode. The questions must therefore be suitable for both CAWI and paper-based (PAPI) questionnaires. Ideally, the questions will be identical in both survey modes. If there are discrepancies between the questions in the different survey modes, both a CAWI and a PAPI version must be submitted.

The FReDA team provides a style guide for standardization as an aid and orientation.  Please consider those recommendations when designing your question(s). Additionally, you will find templates in that document as well as examples from the CAWI-mode.

The overall estimated time for answering the questions must not exceed 3 minutes. Shorter modules or single questions are welcome, too.

The documentation including the questionnaires of the first survey wave and the corresponding items can be found here.

Submissions should include the following details:

  • Name, email address and affiliation of all applicants, as well as a brief profile of the main applicant (max. 1/2 page)
  • A meaningful title for the proposal (as short as possible)
  • Outline of the research question, in particular alignment within the current research and expected knowledge to be gained (max. 1 page)
  • Description of how the content and method relate to the FReDA study, as well an outline of what significance your submission holds for current research and its further development (max. 1 page)
  • Submitted questions should be based on established concepts (include operationalisation of questions). Ideally, the questions will already have been tested or have proven successful in other survey programmes. 

Please also describe the provenance of the questions and, where applicable, their original use (including names of relevant publications). Provide an overview of the authorship. If pre-tests are available, please describe the results and sources (max. 1/2 page). In exceptional cases, untested questions can be submitted if their design requires no extensive testing (please give a brief explanation).

Experiments and integrated multimedia are excluded. Graphical elements could be considered under specific circumstances.

Decision-making body

As part of a multi-stage decision-making process, the significance and relevance of the proposed questions and their content will be reviewed and weighted. This rating is the basis for deciding which submissions to include in the open survey module.

Evaluation criteria

The submissions are evaluated based on formal and content-related criteria:

  • Academic and/or social relevance of the research question
  • Methodological adequacy
  • Quality of the questions / question module
  • Fit of the questions / question module within the FREDA study design


You can find more information in the call for the open modules here.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Robert Naderi ( at the Federal Institute for Population Research if you have further questions.