The Generations and Gender Survey 2020: a New Generation of Data Collection for Demographic Research

Tom Emery , Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)

The Generations and Gender Survey has been used to collect data on family dynamics and relationships across more than 20 countries since 2001. In 2020, the Generations and Gender Survey will enter a new round of data collection with a revised and updated questionnaire as well as a centralized and improved data collection process that increases the quality and comparability of the data collected. In this paper, an overview of the new questionnaire is provided and many of the innovations included in the new round are illustrated, including the surveys contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals and new topic coverage such as migration & mobility, economic insecurity, and the digitization of the life course. Several countries have already fielded or committed to field the new survey and many more are in the process of securing financing for fieldwork. These countries include a broad geographical coverage including Latin America, North America, Europe, East Asia and Central Asia. The paper showcases the results of the first countries to field the new survey and preliminary assessments of data quality. This will include benchmarking of the survey data against sources such as the Human Fertility Database and Eurostat. There is also be an update on further countries who are either fielding or planning to field the survey. Finally, the paper provides an overview of research questions and agendas that the new round of data collection may be used to address.

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 Presented in Session P3. Poster Session Migration, Economics, Environment, Methods, History and Policy