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The Contextual Database is an integral part of the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP), which aims to improve the understanding of demographic and social developments, and of factors that influence them. It focuses in particular on relationships between children and parents (generations), and on relationships between partners (gender). The Contextual Database is an integral part of the GGP. It complements the individual-level data collection of the Generations and Gender Panel Survey by providing macro-level data on the spatial context in which human behaviour is embedded (e.g., socio-economic situation, infrastructure, etc.).

The GGP was launched by the Population Unit of the United Nation's Economic Commission of Europe in 2000. As the GGP is an EU research infrastructure project, it has received funding from the EU 7th Framework Research Programme for the years 2009 to 2012 (Grant No. 212749). The EU project and the GGP programme are steered by a consortium of 12 institutions. Since 2009, the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI) has been in charge of the co-ordination of the project.

The work on the Contextual Database is co-ordinated by the Laboratory of Population and Policy at the Max Planck Institute of Demographic Research. Data collection for countries participating in the Generations and Gender Programme is carried out by partner institutions in the respective countries.

Team
1st Phase (2000-2008) Concept and Launch of the Database

The conceptual framework of the Contextual Database was developed and discussed by the Contextual Database Working Group, an international group of experts who work in various fields and are affiliated with several different institutions. In addition, numerous national experts participated in the concluding workshop, contributing to the final choice of variables and variable definitions by providing information on the feasibility of the data collection in the different national contexts. The following is a list of the individuals who have contributed to the development of the conceptual framework of the database, and/or to discussions in meetings and workshops.

Members of the Contextual Database Working Group:

  • Dora Kostova, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), Rostock, Co-ordination
  • Gerda Neyer, MPIDR, Rostock, Co-ordination
  • Martin Spielauer, MPIDR, Rostock, Co-ordination
  • Enrico Bisogno, United Nations, Population Activities Unit
  • Patrick Festy, Institut national d'etudes démographiques (INED), France; Coordinator until mid 2003
  • Jacques Légaré, Statistics Canada
  • Alphonse MacDonald, United Nations, Population Activities Unit
  • Tereza Munzi, Luxembourg Income Studies
  • Antonella Pinelli, University La Sapienza, Rome
  • Filomena Racioppi, University La Sapienza, Rome
  • Giulia Rivellini, Catholic University Sacre Cuore, Italy

National experts:

  • Aline Désesquelles, Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, France
  • Gert Hullen, German Federal Statistical Office
  • Dora Kostova, Bulgarian Center for Population Studies
  • Jaroslav Kraus, Charles University Prague
  • Vera Kucharová, Czech Republic
  • Norbert Neuwirth, Austrian Institute for Family Studies
  • Jitka Rychtaríková, Charles University Prague
  • Oxana Sinyavskaya, Independent Institute for Social Policy, Moscow
  • Akos Tarknyi, Hungarian Statistical Office
  • Sergei Zakharov, Independent Institute for Social Policy, Moscow

 

2nd Phase (2009-2011) Further Harmonization and new Database Environment

The second phase aims at further improving the Contextual Database, both in terms of data quality, as well as in functionality. The work is co-ordinated by the Laboratory of Population and Policy at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock.

We have broadened the scope of our data collection efforts not only by including data provided by our national partners, but also by complementing this information with data collected from other sources, including data from international organisations or international research consortiums. This approach also supports our efforts to increase the number of indicators for which harmonised cross-country comparative data are available. In addition, we continue to co-operate with national teams in the GGP countries collecting data for the database. To further enhance its functionality and user-friendliness, the database has been moved from a static in a dynamic environment.

Project Team - Second Phase:

  • Arianna Caporali, INED, Paris, Co-ordination
  • Sebastian Klüsener, MPIDR, Rostock, Co-ordination
  • Gerda Neyer, University of Stockholm, Co-ordination
  • Olga Grigorieva, MPIDR, Rostock, Legal Issues
  • Fred Heiden, MPIDR, Rostock, IT
  • Sandra Krapf, MPIDR, Rostock
  • Luciano Lavecchia, UNECE - Population Activity Unit
  • Jana Amtsberg, MPIDR, Rostock
  • Ingrid-Erika Banciu, MPIDR, Rostock
  • Matthias Dettendorfer, MPIDR, Rostock
  • Michael Henke, MPIDR, Rostock
  • Jonas Richter-Dumke, MPIDR, Rostock
  • Maria Asmus, MPIDR, Rostock
  • Mathias Voigt, MPIDR, Rostock

National Data Collectors

The data contained in the Contextual Database was partly collected by national teams. The following list presents the institutions involved in the data collection:

Austria:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Norbert Neuwirth, Austrian Institute for Family Studies at the University of Vienna

Belgium:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Karel Neels and Zita Theunynck (University of Antwerp) with support from Marc Debuisson (IWEPS), Martine Corijn (SVR), Kim Boudiny (University of Antwerp) and Sandrine de Waleffe (Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve), University of Antwerp

Bulgaria:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Dora Kostova and Tatyana Kotzeva, Center for Population Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Science
and  Iordan Kaltchev, Bulgarian National Statistical Institute

Canada:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Jacques Legare, University Montreal

France:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Olivier Thévenon and Arianna Caporali, Institut national d'etudes démographiques. Paris

Georgia:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Irina Badurashvili, Georgian Center of Population Research

Germany:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Leonore Sauer, Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung

Hungary:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Akos Tarknyi, Hungarian Central Statistical Office

Lithuania:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Vlada Stankuniene, Demographic Research Center, Institute for Social Research in collaboration with Statistics Lithuania

Norway:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Trude Lappegard, Division for Social and Demographic Research, Statistics Norway

Poland:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Ewa Fratczak, Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics

Romania:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Cornelia Muresan, University Babes-Bolyai

Russia:
Data collection was co-ordinated by  Oxana Sinyavskaya and Sergei Zakharov, Independent Institute for Social Policy


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