Working with metadata-based QuestionnairesΒΆ

Metadata-based questionnaires make it considerably easier to find the variables of interest from the perspective of the questionnaire. Each of the generated PDFs reflects a questionnaire. With the help of these documents the user learns which questions have been asked to the respective sample and in which sequence. In addition, the documents make it clear what the question variable is called and in which data set it can be found. The example shows question 5 from the Individual Questionnaire of the main soep, which can be found in the data set bhp under the variable name bhp_05.


1. Example: Integrated Variable

Let`s say a SOEP-user is interest in general satisfaction of fugitives. The user searches via the questionnaire for re-surveyed 2017 fledglings.

The user finds what he is looking for under question Q518. Below the question is the information in which data set the variable occurs and under which name it is stored.


The general satisfaction with life can be found in the data set bhp under the name bhp_205.

2. Example: Additional Variable

Let`s say a SOEP-user is interest in connection with the home country. The user is interested in the question of how much the respondent feels connected to the home country. He finds the question in the re-surveyed individual questionnaire for fugitives under question number Q480.


The information on the question is stored in the data record bhp under the name bhp_480_q57. The name indicates that the question is not in the samples A-M2 because it has the suffix _q57. This does not preclude the question from being further down the integration hierarchy in questionnaires.