Target Population and Samples

The foundation of the Innovation Survey established in 2009 with the sample I:sup:1 as a new household sample was initially introduced as a “methodology sample” within the SOEP-Core Samples. At the end of the first survey wave the sample consisted of 1,531 participating households. The basic methodical design of this sample was largely in line with the SOEP standard for top-up samples. The sampling procedure was based on the so-called Random-Route procedure with household identification and household interviewing in separate steps (address random). The mode of conduct in the first survey was limited to CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview), opening to PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interview) in wave 2. The used survey instruments were similar to the SOEP-Core Samples with minor exceptions. However, sample I:sup:1 has undergone different survey innovations and tests from its very beginning. Examples include the onomastic (name-based) screening methods for oversampling immigrant households as well as experimental testing of various levels and types of incentives. The test shape of the study was upheld for following Innovation Survey top-ups, all characterised by a number of innovative survey questions. As mentioned earlier, the Innovations Survey’s units of interest are households. However, it is important to point out that the innovation modules run almost exclusively on personal level.

The target population covered in the SOEP is defined as the population of private households residing within the current boundaries of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG).

Cross-Sectional Development of Sample Size (Respondents)


Longitudinal Development of the Population