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Project “Pathways to the Future”

A longitudinal study on the social integration of young people in Vienna

Data collection

The project Pathways to the Future is based on a mixed-methods longitudinal approach. Over a period of five years, qualitative interviews and online surveys on different thematic areas are carried out once a year. During the first wave of interviews, the study surveys students who are aged 14/15 years and attend their last year at an Austrian so-called new secondary school (Neue Mittelschule, NMS). We accompany these young people for a part of their path to the future.

Previous surveys

2016

Exploration

  • 21 narrative biographical interviews conducted with students in the fourth grade of a new secondary school (Neue Mittelschule, NMS) as part of a research seminar at the Department of Sociology

2017

1st wave | qualitative panel | transition after the new secondary school

  • Reports from memory about “school walks” with school students
  • Observational protocols of lessons and breaks at 5 new secondary schools
  • 107 narrative biographical interviews with school students conducted at 5 new secondary schools
  • 17 expert interviews with teachers

2018

2nd wave | qualitative panel | family

  • Individual appointments arranged via different channels
  • 48 problem-centred interviews

    1st wave | quantitative panel | transition after the new secondary school

    • Contacting all 117 new secondary schools in Vienna with about 7,000 school students in 351 final-year classes
    • Cognitive pretests with about 30 school students at 2 schools
    • Standard pretests at 5 schools
    • About 3,200 questionnaires with usable information
    • About 2,850 fully completed questionnaires

    2019

    3rd wave | qualitative panel | city

      • Individual appointments arranged via different channels
      • 28 problem-centred interviews
      • Event for young people at the WUK

      2nd wave | quantitative panel | family

      • Cognitive pretests with 16 school students
      • Standard pretests with 45 school students
      • 851 started and 679 fully completed questionnaires

        2020

        4th wave | qualitative panel | political participation

          • Individual appointments arranged via different channels
          • 11 problem-centred interviews
          • 16 additional problem-centred interviews as part of an increase

          3rd wave | quantitative panel | city

          • Cognitive pretests with 16 students at polytechnic school and with 4 adolescents at youth center
          • Standard pretests at HLW and production school with 173 started and 157 fully completed questionnaires
          • 11,316 contact attempts (letter, email, text message, phone call)
          • 2,307 active panel participants at survey start
          • 744 started and 591 fully completed questionnaires

            2021

            5th wave | qualitative panel | social inequality caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

            • Individual appointments arranged via different channels
            • 20 problem-centred interviews
            • 6 additional problem-centred interviews as part of an increase
            • 19 interviews took place digitally

            4th wave | quantitative panel | politische participation

            • Cognitive pretests with 11 students at business school and at production school
            • Standard pretests at business school and at production school with 170 started and 124 fully completed questionnaires
            • 12,878 contact attempts (letter, email, text message, phone call)
            • 2,241 active panel participants at survey start
            • 674 completed questionnaires (module 1) and 603 fully completed questionnaires (module 1 and 2)