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Surveys of the BiLO study completed

16.04.2016
The surveys of the BiLO study “Educational Landscape of Upper Franconia” (BildungsLandschaft Oberfranken, BiLO) that have been conducted throughout Fall/Winter 2015/2016 have now been completed. Around 25,000 people, 438 general education schools and Berufsfachschulen [full-time vocational schools], 795 day-care centers and caregivers, as well as 40 local theaters were contacted all over Upper Franconia. The BiLO team is very thankful for the exceptionally high level of willingness to participate. With the help of these collected data, the interplay of educational offerings and educational choices can now be differentiated against the backdrop of social background and reliably analyzed in the various educational sectors for the first time.
For the population survey, around 25,000 people in Upper Franconia were randomly selected. From November 2015 to March 2016, they were contacted by the infas Institute for Applied Social Sciences (Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft, Bonn) on behalf of BiLO. Until the end of March, a total of 8,680 interviews were conducted, 83% of which by phone and 17% as personal interviews on-site. On average, it took the respondents little more than 30 minutes to answer the questions.
Already in the fall of this year, a second, less extensive survey will be carried out. The aim is to find out how those upcoming educational decisions that were recorded in the first survey have turned out in the end. With 94%, almost all respondents agreed to participate again.

In addition to the initial survey of the Upper Franconian population, the survey of various educational providers has also been completed. In Fall 2015, the 377 general education schools and the 61 Berufsfachschulen in Upper Franconia were asked to participate in the BiLO study. Despite multiple tasks and great burden, 54% of them participated. From January to March 2016, the day-care centers and caregivers as well as local theaters followed. Of the 180 individual caregivers, 37% participated as well as six of the nine large day-care centers. Of the 606 day-care centers that were invited, 38% participated as well as 48% of the local theaters.