Why is the project important?
The recent acceleration of social dynamics (in Europe and beyond) has highlighted the demand – both among scholars and policy-makers – for high quality data to address existing and emerging societal challenges and to gain a better understanding of current trends in socio-economic inequality, partnership formation and dissolution, fertility, and the health and well-being of citizens, as well as the effects of public policies. The need to produce and utilize (under the open access policy) comparative, multi-level, inter-disciplinary data has redefined research in social sciences in the last two decades (see e.g. ESFRI Roadmap 2016 for details). Moreover, comparative panel data enable stronger causal inferences that are crucial for obtaining deeper analytical insights.
The outputs of the GGP are highly relevant to a broad research community, to policymakers, and to private companies; they are also applicable in presenting information about contemporary social trends to the general public. Further, the Czech node of the GGP presents relevant data both for the Czech user community interested in the development of Czech society and for the international user community, which may, however, be primarily interested in the comparative data.