The POLPAN Conference entitled “The Polish Panel Survey POLPAN 1988-2013: A Cross-National Perspective” was held on March 19, 2014, in Warsaw, at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences.
The Workshop followed in March 20-21, 2014.
The conference presented and discussed the Polish Panel Survey (POLPAN), and placed this study in cross-national perspective. POLPAN spans 25 years, thus providing key data about the Polish society and its change since 1988. A national representative sample of Polish citizens was first interviewed in 1988, and re-interviewed in 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. New samples were also added beginning with 1998.Conference participants presented analyses of the 1988-2013 POLPAN data that test theoretically informed hypotheses about the relationship between individuals’ social characteristics, their personal biographies and Poland’s social structure. Invited speakers shared their comments regarding the comparability of the POLPAN data with other sets of data collected in Poland and in other countries. The conference program also included discussions of methodological and ethical issues that arise in the administration of panel studies, particularly those conducted over a long time span. This one-day conference was followed by a two-day workshop that trained selected participants in using the specific features of the POLPAN 1988-2013 database.
The Conference and Workshop were funded by the National Science Centre and Sociology Committee, Polish Academy of Sciences.
The POLPAN Conference and Workshop 2014 are a continuation of a series of academic events related to the POLPAN survey, including the international conference in 2006 and a workshop in 2006.