The Romanian Group for the Study of Social Values recently posted on its YouTube channel a podcast by Bogdan Voicu about the relationship of adult children – parents. The podcast is in Romanian but English subtitles are available.
Placing the discussion in the context of the so-called gratitude law initiative, Romanians’ views on helping parents are presented, using data collected during EVS 2018. The proposal was withdrawn, but the mere appearance of the initiative shows how relevant it is to discuss the topic in the Romanian space. EVS 2018 data brings information in this regard.
Almost 100 Romanian MPs initiated in early summer 2019 a law that was supposed to force adult children to take care of their parents. The law remained a simple unfollowed project. However, its mere existence makes the debate useful. The Romanian team of EVS contributes to the discussion, by providing basic information resulting from EVS 2018.
Tim Reeskens was awarded a Jean Monnet Chair in Identities and Cohesion in a Changing European Union. The aim of this Chair is to integrate the most recent (2017) wave of the European Values Study (EVS) in core teaching activities, research outcomes, and interaction with policy practitioners and civil society agents, contributing to the teaching philosophy and more broader the mission of Tilburg University, namely ‘Understanding Society’.
Inge Sieben was awarded a KA2 Erasmus+ grant of more than €400k for the project ‘European Values in Education‘. Together with partners from Fontys University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), KU Leuven (Belgium), EUROGEO (Belgium), Matei Bel University in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) en Ege Universitesi Izmir (Turkey), she will develop new teaching materials for secondary schools in Europe based on data from the European Values Study. The website www.atlasofeuropeanvalues.eu will be updated with data from the latest wave, interactive charts and maps, and teaching materials.
Ruud Luijkx was successful as a partner in the awarded €4.9m Horizon 2020 grant under the ‘Infradev’ call ESS-SUSTAIN-2. Together with the European Social Survey and other data infrastructures, the European Values Study works to help ensure the long-term sustainability of these infrastructures, to reduce costs, improve methodology and increase the analytical power of the data collected.
In the context of the SERISS project, the European Values Study and the European Social Survey cooperated closely to harmonise the way we measure educational attainment. So far, educational attainment was measured in different ways thanks to this cooperation it is now easier to compare the information included in each dataset, enhancing therefore the possibilities for research.
In this piece, Lucilla Losi, Angelica Maineri and Ruud Luijkx (European Values Study, Tilburg University) and Silke Schneider and Verena Ortmanns (European Social Survey, GESIS) explain how the measurement of education has been harmonized across the two surveys.
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).