Project Management for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC National)

PIAAC is a survey supported by the OECD that aims to determine the competence level in international relation – similar to PISA. In contrast to PISA, PIAAC focuses on the survey on adult competencies. The PIAAC survey determines basic competencies which are necessary for a successful participation in society and especially in professional life. Thus, PIAAC will provide the description of human capital on which countries in global competition can draw on. The survey findings build a profound basis for possible political and social interventions. The survey is implemented simultaneously in 25 countries as a population survey. The first wave was conducted in 2011/2012. With the participation of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (Bundeministerium für Arbeit und Soziales, BMAS) the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) entrusted GESIS with the national project management in Germany. This includes the planning of the national survey, the adaption of the survey instruments, the implementation of the survey as well as the data analysis and the reporting. The national PIAAC report was published simultaneously with the international publication of results in October 2013.

In cooperation with: 

  • Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • cApStAn (link)
  • German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF)
  • Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS)
  • International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)
  • Maastricht University (link)
  • WESTAT (link)

Project management: Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt

Contact: Prof. Dr. Beatrice Rammstedt (beatrice.rammstedt[at]

Duration: 01.01.2008 - 30.06.2014

Funding: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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