Survey on organizations starting in November
The Covid-19 pandemic presents a major challenge to civil society organizations and initiatives, which are in many ways responsible for organizing and reflecting the social and political commitment of individuals. In addition to the transnational individual survey, civil society initiatives and organizations in Germany will also be surveyed from November 2020 onwards about their experiences during the Corona crisis.
The organization survey will be conducted in all German federal states, with focus on the state capital, a major city, a smaller city and a rural community. The experiences of registered associations as well as those of loosely organized initiatives and alliances will be taken into account. The selection was made systematically and the response of each organization or initiative contacted helps us to reflect the realities of civil society during the Corona crisis. The survey includes previous activities, main areas of activity, target groups and cooperations as well as political forms of action from the interviewed actors. On one hand, the limitations and challenges during the course of the Corona crisis are highlighted, while on the other the potential development of new fields of action as well as the relationships with and expectations of a dynamic society are also a focus of the survey. The aim is to draw a comprehensive picture of civil society during the Corona crisis and to map the needs and demands of different actors. First results are documented here as blog posts.
The organization survey is conducted by our BUA project “Potentials of Civil Society,” together with Prof. Dr. Sabrina Zajak (DeZIM-Institute), Prof. Dr. Priska Daphi (University of Bielefeld) and Dr. Simon Teune (TU Berlin). All participants are also members of the Institute for Protest and Movement Research https://protestinstitut.eu/.