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Data Package decquant


Study Series:
German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
Sponsored by:
  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Project Contributors:
Kleimann, Bernd;
Jungbauer-Gans, Monika;
Hückstädt, Malte ORCID logo;
Wallis, Marten
Survey Design:
Survey Data Type:
Quantitative Data
Data available in:
Data Curation:
Hückstädt, Malte ORCID logo;
Wallis, Marten
1.0.0 (published at Apr 11, 2023)

The DEKiF project was carried out in cooperation between the DZHW, the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft. The study followed a triangulating mixed methods design: It consisted of a quantitative survey (DZHW Hannover), five case studies (HHU Düsseldorf, DZHW Berlin, Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft), and a bibliometric analysis (DZHW Berlin).
Two data packages will be made available for scientific reuse purposes. First, the data of this data package: two case studies were collected at HHU Düsseldorf. Secondly, the quantitative survey and metadata were obtained in the course of the DEKiF survey, a large-scale, representative survey of principal investigators and spokespersons of DFG research associations.
The qualitative partial survey can be found here:

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Data Package Description

As part of the web survey (1) the processes of collaboration in DFG research clusters, (2) the problems encountered in the process, and (3) the subjective assessment of the success of the cluster from the perspective of the principal investigators and spokespersons were studied. Thematic areas of the survey are:

1) Initiation of the research network and selection of the network members
2) Forms of cooperation and (inter-)disciplinary understanding
3) Development of common research questions and collaborative goals
4) Prerequisites and procedures for the integration of research results
5) Management and coordination of the consortium
6) Decision-making procedures in practice
7) Climate of cooperation, cooperation routines and behaviours
8) Success of joint collaborative work
9) Best practice in collaborative research
10) Personal expectations of participation in the research network
11) Socio-demographic data of respondents

Documents related to this Data Package

Data Package

Title Description Document Language DOI File
Quantitative Partial Survey of the DEKiF Project  Data Package Overview  English link_off decquant_Overview_en.pdf
Quantitative Teilerhebung des DEKiF-Projekts  Data Package Overview  German link_off decquant_Overview_de.pdf
Daten- und Methodenbericht des Datenpakets "Quantitative Teilerhebung des DEKiF-Projekts"  The report includes, among other things, information on the data package.  German link_off
Datennuzungshinweise für die quantitative Teilerhebung des DEKiF-Projekts  Data cross-referencing instructions for the quantitative sub-survey of the DEKiF project  German link_off decquant_DataUseInstructions_de.pdf
Release Notes  The release notes contain information about the current version and changes compared to previous versions.  English link_off


Type Description Document Language DOI File
Questionnaire  Questionnaire for the quantitative sub-survey of the DEKiF project  German  link_off Codebuch_Fragebogen_Final.DE.pdf
Questionnaire  Questionnaire for the quantitative sub-survey of the DEKiF project  English  link_off Codebuch_Questionnaire_Final.EN.pdf
Question Flow  Question Flow for the quantitative sub-survey of the DEKiF project  German  link_off Flowchart_DEKiF.pdf

Data Sets

Title Description Document Language DOI File
Datensatzreport: Der Datensatz enthält Variablen, die die Prozesse der Zusammenarbeit in DFG‐Forschungsverbünden, die dabei auftretenden Probleme sowie die subjektive Einschätzung des Erfolgs des Verbundes aus Sicht von Forschenden beschreiben. Der inhaltliche Bezugspunkt des Websurveys war die Kooperation auf Verbundebene, also die Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Sprechern und den Principal Investigators (PIs). Unter dem Begriff der „Verbundebene“ wurde im Rahmen des Websurveys jene Ebene von Forschungsverbünden verstanden, auf der die Verbundleitung und die Principal Investigators teilprojektübergreifend an der Erreichung der gemeinsamen Verbundziele arbeiten. Die Zusammenarbeit innerhalb der Teilprojekte war hingegen nicht Gegenstand der Befragung.  Codebook/Variable Report/Dataset Report of "The dataset contains variables that describe the processes of cooperation in DFG research clusters, the problems that arise in the process, and the subjective assessment of the success of the cluster from the perspective of researchers. The reference point of the web survey was collaboration at the cluster level, i.e. collaboration between the spokespersons and the Principal Investigators (PIs). In the context of the web survey, the term "collaborative level" was understood to mean the level of research networks at which the network management and the principal investigators work together across subprojects to achieve the common goals of the network. Collaboration within the subprojects, on the other hand, was not the subject of the survey."  German link_off dsreport-decquant-ds1.pdf

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Quantitative Data, Standardised online survey 
Population: The DEKiF-Websurvey is an online survey of PIs (Principal Investigators) and spokespersons of research clusters of the German Research Foundation (DFG). The target population was n = 15.594 researchers who have been involved in the roles of Principal Inves... 
Sampling Procedure: Total universe/Complete Enumeration 
Field Period: Sep 16, 2020 - Nov 2, 2020
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