myEVS is a Survey Project Management Platform – SMAP developed under the SERISS project. EVS piloted the development of a virtual collaborative platform that works with regionally distributed networks.
Since autumn 2017, the myEVS portal has been the only and central place for the communication and collaboration of the national and central teams conducting the survey. It helps them to define and comply with workflows and standards, and creates a pleasant environment for organizing their daily work.
myEVS is the virtual collaborative environment used by EVS to organize and manage the latest wave of data collection. To discover more about its features, see Angelica Maineri and Masoud Davari introducing MyEVS and SMaP.
On 18 July, the Austrian team of EVS discussed the main results of the study carried out in Austria during the event for presenting the publication of the book “Quo vadis, Österreich? Werwandel zwischen 1990 und 2018”, which analyzes the change over time in the Austrian society between 1990 and 2018. Among the many aspects, the scholars pointed out the increase of the approval for democracy, alongside the increase of secularisation and pluralisation. Work loses importance, while family and leisure time remain important.
The announcement of the second data pre-release gained a lot of interest also on Twitter (see here and here).
The showcase event of SERISS has been a very nice occasion for networking and present EVS and the tools developed during this project. Remarkable for EVS: the presentation of the myEVS (a video is also available here). EVS was present at the event with a stand, organized by the junior scholars at the central team in Tilburg
ESRA board elections
Caroline Roberts (University of Lausanne) is the new President of ESRA.
4 new members: Stephanie Steinmetz (University of Lausanne), Vera Lomazzi (GESIS), Kathin Thomas (Princeton University), Emily Gilbert (University College London)
#WVS and #EVS research programs continue their cooperation in the 2017-2020 joint survey wave. Release of the full #WVS data-set and the merged #EVS-#WVS data-set is planned for July 2020. #EVS Data Archive at GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften and the #WVS data archive in Madrid, Spain will work on the production of the merged data-set. It is expected that the new joint data-set will include data for over 90 world countries.
On July 10, Morten Frederiksen has been invited to discuss about the values of the young generations in Denmark during the political talk show Deadline on the national broadcast DR TV. Taking into account the results from the European Values Study in Denmark, he underlined that younger generation has new political values. Young people may have lack of interest in (and confidence in) politics, but do have enthusiasm for freeminds, competition and hard work. The discussion (in Danish language) is available here. The recently published book “Usikker modernitet – Danskernes værdier fra 1981 til 2017” (Uncertainty Modernity) provides deeper insights on the value change in Denmark.
A recent article published in Berlingske reports results of EVS carried out in Denmark. Parents are calling for firmer frameworks and greater respect for authorities Over the past 30 years, there has been a marked slump in the Danes’ educational values. Today, according to the results of EVS, most Danes want children to have greater respect for authorities and a stronger framework in their upbringing. These look as important conditions for children to succeed. The article refers to the chapter by Karen Margrethe Dahl included in “Usikker modernitet – Danskernes værdier fra 1981 til 2017” (Uncertainty Modernity).
An article on Religion ORF.at gives evidence to some of the results discussed during the event presenting the book “Quo vadis, Österreich? Werwandel zwischen 1990 und 2018” on July 18, 2019. In particular, the fact that religious lines of conflict between the “strong Muslim block and the weakening Christian block” cannot be empirically proven in Austria in this way.
According to the value researcher Regina Polak EVS results in Austria would reveal cross-denominational differences between men and women, young and old, as well as urban and rural residents. When moderator Susanne Mauthner-Weber (“Kurier”) asked whether religion is a unifying or separating factor in society, Polak replied: “Both. Religions are inhomogeneous in themselves.”
The full article (in orginal language) is available here.
Results from EVS in Italy has been used as a source for a commentary on the Huffington Post focussed on the climate crisis and the need of a change in political priorities. More than 60% of the Italians express strong environmentalist attitudes. As this commentary enlightens, in the face of the choice between economic growth and environmental protection, the response is definitely in favour of the latter, even at the cost of putting in some personal income resource or committing directly.