The main focus of NEPS is to investigate educational processes, educational decisions, and educational outcomes over the entire lifespan of the study, which began in 2010 with various different cohorts. NEPS surveys approximately 60,000 people annually in Germany. Study participants range in age from 0 to 67 years. NEPS includes pilot studies and main surveys. The pilot studies (also known as development studies) check whether the developed test items, questions, and approaches will prove successful in the actual survey situation. The main surveys collect actual data.
More detailed information on this study can be found at the NEPS website.
The IEA’s contribution consists of sampling, field operations, data coding, and data capturing and processing at the preschool and school stages of the study.
A large number of universities and research institutes with nearly 200 researchers from all over Germany work together in a close network to plan and design the study. The network is coordinated at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories (LIfBi) in Bamberg. As of February 2019, Prof. Dr. Cordula Artelt has been the LIfBi Director and head of the NEPS study.
Previously, Prof. Dr. Sandra Buchholz and Prof. Dr. Sabine Weinert were responsible for the LIfBi on a deputy basis and thus also for the NEPS study. From August 2012 to March 2017, Prof. Dr. Hans-Günther Roßbach led the project. His predecessor was Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Peter Blossfeld from January 2009 to July 2012.
From 2009 to 2013, the study was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Since 1 January 2014, the NEPS study has been continued by a common federal and state support.