The European Values project is managed by the Council of Program Directors, who discuss the general outlines of the project and approve the final questionnaire and the survey method. All daily responsibilities are delegated to the Executive Committee. The questionnaire is developed by the Theory Group; the quality of the project is taken care of by the Methodology Group. The EVS Foundation aims at planning and promoting joint activities and offers assistance in fundraising, like finding sponsors. EVS members adhere to high ethical standards. For further information, please consult the EVS Ethical statement.

Council of program directors (ordered by country)

The highest EVS authority is the Council of Program Directors (formerly called the EVS Steering Committee). All daily responsibilities are delegated to an Executive Committee, which actually is in charge of the project. The Program Directors convene in principle yearly and their main task is to discuss the general outlines of the EVS project and to approve the final questionnaire and the survey methodology.

Chair: Ruta Ziliukaite

Members: Ilir Gedeshi (Albania), Gevork Poghosyan (Armenia), Sylvia Kritzinger (Austria), David Rotman (Belarus), Marc Swyngedouw (Belgium), Jadranka Kolenović-Đapo (Bosnia-Hertzegovina), Georgy Fotev (Bulgaria), Stjepan Baloban (Croatia), Victor Roudometof (Cyprus), Ladislav Rabusic (Czechia), Morten Frederiksen (Denmark), Erki Saar (Estonia), Kimmo Ketola (Finland), Pierre Bréchon (France), Merab Pachulia (Georgia), Christof Wolf (Germany), David Voas (Great Britain), Aikaterini Gari (Greece), Gergely Rosta (Hungary), Gudbjörg Jonsdottir (Iceland), Michael Breen (Ireland), Giancarlo Rovati (Italy), Denis Spahija (Kosovo), Inta Mierina (Latvia), Ruta Ziliukaite (Lithuania), Philippe Poirier (Luxembourg), Antoanela Petkovska (Macedonia), Saviour Formosa (Malta), Doru Petruti (Moldova), Olivera Komar (Montenegro), Tim Reeskens (The Netherlands), Anders Todal Jenssen (Norway), Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin  (Poland), Alice Ramos (Portugal), Bogdan Voicu (Romania), Natalia Soboleva (Russia), Milos Besic (Serbia), Katarína Strapcová (Slovak Republic), Samo Uhan (Slovenia), Edurne Bartolomé Peral (Spain), Stefan Dahlberg (Sweden), Michèle Ernst Stähli (Switzerland), Yilmaz Esmer (Turkey), Olga Balakireva (Ukraine)

Executive Committee

Since December 2013, a new Executive Committee has been installed to ‘steer’ the project EVS. The Executive Committee organizes joint activities (e.g. workshops and conferences), engages in additional work on the data, and plans further studies including a replication of the survey.

Chair: Ruud Luijkx (also chair of Methodology Group)

Secretary: Vera Lomazzi

Members: Edurne Bartolomé Peral (chair of Theory Group), Paul de Graaf, Morten Frederiksen, Gudbjörg Andrea Jonsdottir, Markus Quandt, Alice Ramos, María Silvestre Cabrera

Invited members: Loek Halman (past EVS Chair), Ruta Ziliukaite (Chair of the EVS Council)

Theory Group

The Theory Group takes care of the substantive issues in the questionnaire. The members critically evaluate the existing questionnaire and prepare proposals for improvements, new topics, and issues to be included and items and questions to be dropped. Further, they initiate publications and make proposals for meetings/seminars/congresses and sessions at existing congresses.

Chair: Edurne Bartolomé Peral

Members: Pierre Bréchon, Paul de Graaf, Pedro Magalhães, Ladislav Rabusic, Tim Reeskens, Giancarlo RovatiNatalia Soboleva, Claudiu Tufis

Methodology Group

The Methodology Group takes care of the quality of the project; from data collection, cleaning, and handling to data analyses. The tasks are to: reach consensus on the themes and items in the questionnaire, identify problems of comparability, plan the survey, make recommendations on socio-demographic background variables, take care of the quality of the data, organize data confrontation seminars, provide methodological advice, etc.

Chair: Ruud Luijkx

Vice-Chair: Alice Ramos

Members: Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi, Stefan Dahlberg, Frédéric Gonthier, Bart Meuleman, Markus Quandt, Ivan Rimac

Board of EVS Foundation

The EVS Foundation is the highest legal authority. The Foundation aims at planning and promoting joint activities and offers assistance in fundraising for the EVS project. The EVS Foundation is directed by a Board whose tasks are to control contractual agreements, to initiate and mediate with funding agencies and to appoint members in the Executive Committee (nominated by Council of Program Directors).

Chair: Paul de Graaf

Secretary: Ruud Luijkx

Members:  Vera Lomazzi, Markus Quandt

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Sponsoring and Funding

The findings of the European Values Study are of interest to a broad audience, from social scientists to politicians, administrators, managers, church leaders, journalists, trade unions and… all Europeans. Both scientific and more popular publications provide deep insights in the value patterns of Europeans and give interpretations of the differences and similarities in values amongst Europeans, in trends over time and in the implications of these for European institutes, politics, and policies. In addition, the data collected by the European Values Study are a valuable resource for the education of young people about Europe, helping them to better understand each other. After all, unknown is unloved. All these activities cost money. A project as large as the European Values Study is very expensive. Much of this expense is borne by universities and research institutes in the participating countries, which pay the salaries of the program directors and their teams. The fieldwork of the 2008 wave was financed with the help of many sponsors. For the organization of conferences and developing new activities such as an update of the Atlas of European Values and collecting new data, additional funding is necessary. When you, or your organization, would like to participate in the European Values Study as a general sponsor or support some particular aspect of our study, please contact Paul de Graaf. ‘A flourishing European society cannot be built on economic institutions and political bodies alone; these are only instruments. It is people, engaged and enthusiastic European citizens, who need to bring life and soul into the idea of a peaceful, free and democratic Europe. This presupposes that citizens feel connected to each other and to a larger whole. There cannot be a society without a sense of solidarity, which should start from the smallest beginnings. It also presupposes a sense of a greater good, going beyond pure self-interest. These values are a necessary condition for the work of European unification, as it started off shortly after World War II. ‘ Herman van Rompuy in the Preface to the Atlas of European Values


The European Values Study would like to keep connected with scholars interested in the study of attitudes and values, by exchanging and sharing information related to scholars’ work. We provide weekly news and insights all around the EVS on this website and on the EVS social media.

Communication Officer: Vera Lomazzi Email: vera[dot]lomazzi[at]gesis[dot]org

EVS Social Media:

  • Facebook: europeanvaluesstudy
  • Twitter: @evs_values

Web Administration: Kerstin Beck

Operational and Planning Group

The Operational and Planning Group organizes and coordinates the central activities during the 2017 data collection. These activities include: scheduling the actual fieldwork, planning of monitoring of the surveys, finalization of the questionnaire, the translation management, and the questionnaire implementation, sampling and weighting, central data processing and data cleaning, data dissemination,  internal and external communication.

Chair: Ruud Luijkx

Secretary: Vera Lomazzi

Members: Michael Braun, Dorothée Behr, Frédéric Gonthier, Loek Halman, Dominique Joye, Angelica Maineri, Bart Meuleman, Markus Quandt, Alice Ramos, David Voas, Stefan Zins

Assistant: Claudia Brunori

Standing Group

The Standing Group brings together experts on value research both on substantive and methodological issues combining the expertise of senior scholars and younger researchers. Aiming at renewing the EVS leading bodies in the future, the functioning of the Standing Group builds on the interactions between new involved members and the existing EVS bodies. The group includes 4 members with currently leading roles in the EVS and 10 additional EVS members, who raised the interest of being more involved in the EVS project and showed their engagement in previous EVS activity in combination with good records in scientific publications on value research.

The current main tasks of the Standing Group are: Evaluation of the EVS2017 questionnaire, taking into account substantive and methodological issues with the advice of Theory Group and Methodology Group, Identify the “CORE” of the EVS questionnaire, Support the development of the SUSTAIN II project by providing timely the inputs required.

Co-Chairs: Ruud Luijkx (current Chair of EC & MG); Vera Lomazzi (current Secretary of EC)

Members: Frédéric Gonthier  (FR); Morten Frederiksen  (DK); Natalia Soboleva  (RU); Susanne Wallman-Lundåsen (SE); Inge Sieben (NL); Gergely Rosta (HU); Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir (IS); Michael Ochsner  (CH); Bogdan Voicu (RO); Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi (IT); Claudiu Tufis (RO); Stefan Dahlberg (SE); Edurne Bartolomé Peral (ES); Alice Ramos (PT); Tim Reeskens (NL); David Voas (former Chair of TG); Loek Halman (former Chair of EC).