Study mobility in Germany (MiG) 2016: infas 360 impresses with data and microgeographic comepetence

Analyzing and estimating the mobility behavior of German citizens in everyday life: in the consortium of infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft (management), IVT, and DLR, infas 360 wins the tender for one of the greatest household surveys in Germany about mobility.


„Mobility in Germany“, short MiG, is THE major mobility study with which the everyday mobility of persons living in Germany is collected on a regular basis. The contract for the study commissioned by Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur (BMVI), now infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaften won for the next study in 2016.

With support of expertise from infas 360 GmbH, IVT Research GmbH, and Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), the changed circumstances of mobility are mapped as well as the new requirements, compared to the previous study in 2008, are met in the best possible way. These include i.a. the use of detailed official data for the sampling design, the exact recording of paths (path geocoding), as well as the detailed estimation of collected data via Small Area Methods (SAM).

In this regard, infas 360 first sets up a complete interactive POI data base for the survey application. It contains almost all locations in Germany, in order to spatially map and understand every place visited and way walked by the respondents. In this way, “be on the way” will be tangible and visually comprehensible. If one states to shop e.g. “at the hardware store around the corner” or “in the pedestrian mall”, this information will be directly geolocated. This means that the named place will be enriched with a coordinate and routes will be calculated. This information will be categorized and later evaluated anonymously.

“The first use of detailed official statistics as well as the regional estimation of survey results with “Small Area Methods”, we call this method short ‘SAM’, have kind of a lighthouse character for science and business”, says Ms. Dr. Barbara Wawrzyniak, Project Manager of MiG 2016 on the part of infas 360.

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