EVS covers a period spanning from 1981 to 2017 with a core questionnaire repeated over time surveyed on representative samples of the resident adult population in each country. Over time, the EVS methodology has been strengthened to bring the data quality to high level. Each national survey conforms to guidelines designed to ensure quality and consistency.
EVS data and documentation are available free of charge. They are stored in the Data Archive for the Social Sciences of GESIS – Leibniz Institute in Cologne, Germany.
EVS data are used as empirical source for a large number of publications in academic journals and books in several fields of research. Alongside the development of up-to-date publications on the study of values in European societies, The European Values Study disseminates its results through many international and national activties, such as conferences, seminars, and workshops. Furthemore, different tools have been proposed for educational purposes.