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EVS at the International Week of Innovation in Humanities and Social Sciences

The Faculty of Philosophy of the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in skopje organized the International Week of Innovation in Humanities and Social Sciences.

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The program comprised presentations from scholars belonging to different disciplines in Humanities and Social Sciences. To discuss the innovation of EVS, the organizers invited Ruud Luijkx and Vera Lomazzi.

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Mid-term Conference of ESA RN21: “Quantitative Approaches to Analyzing Social Change”

The ESA Research Network 21 Quantitative Methods announces its midterm conference 2020 about “Quantitative Approaches to Analyzing Social Change” on 8-10 October 2020 at the University of Lucerne and launches a call for papers and sessions. A panel in cooperation with EVS and ESS will focus on European surveys. Among the confirmed keynote speakers, also Vera Lomazzi, Secretary of the Executive Committee of EVS.

Over the last decade, Europe has witnessed deep impacts of the economic crisis as well as ongoing challenges concerning refugees and migrant integration. In addition, new challenges are connected with climate change, labour market developments, processes of digitalization, the rise of populism, demographic changes and unknown consequences of the Brexit. Are such social problems and conflicts connected with long-lasting societal changes? How and why do societies change in cultural, economic or political respect? What are the driving forces of social change? Is it possible to identify causal mechanisms to explain these changes?

This mid-term conference aims to raise the methodological potentials and challenges of quantitative research of social change and welcomes papers and sessions about the following topics, which are of course by no means exhaustive:

  1. Data collection: Problems and solutions of longitudinal data collection to analyze social change;
  2. Statistical approaches: Comparison of methodological boundaries, pros and cons of different statistical methods for longitudinal data to identify and explain social change (e.g. fixed
    effects panel regression, latent growth curve models, multilevel models, cross-lagged models, continuous time models etc.);
  3. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs to analyze social change;
  4. Big Data methods: Possibilities and problems of the application of new emerging digital methods to analyze social change;
  5. Computer simulation and modeling of social change;
  6. Cross-national studies: How can we make use of cross-national surveys to analyze social change in Europe and how do we define adequate units of analysis? This session will be organized in cooperation with ESS and EVS (see information below)
  7. Substantive contributions to the analysis of social change in different fields of Sociology (e.g. environmental sociology, ethnocentrism and populism research, quality of life, social indicators, political and social trust, etc.);
  8. „Award session“: Best Paper Young Researcher Award (see information below)
  9. General session on various methodological topics

Confirmed Joint Session: „European Surveys Panel“ Organized together with European Values Study (EVS) and European Social Survey (ESS).
Please consider to submit your papers using ESS and/or EVS data!

Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Prof. Dr. Matthias Egger, University of Bern, President of the Swiss National Science Foundation
• Prof. Dr. Manuel Völkle, Humboldt University of Berlin
• Prof. Dr. Rory Fitzgerald, City University, Director of ESS ERIC
• Dr. Vera Lomazzi, Senior Researcher at GESIS, Member/Secretary of the Executive Committee of the European Values Study

Important Dates

Abstract/session proposal submission: February 6th, 2020 – March 31st, 2020

Information about accepted papers/sessions: End of April 2020

Full paper submission for Young Researcher Award: August 31st, 2020

Conference: October 9th – 10th, 2020      

Welcome Reception: October 8th, 2020

Venue: University of Lucerne, Switzerland

Up-to-date information available on the ESA-RN21 event webpage.

EVS Workshop in Tbilisi

On 10-11 October GORBI hosted the First International workshop of EVS2017 in Tbilisi.

Selected authors gave presentations enlightening the potentialities of EVS2017 for substantive and methodological research making use of the pre-released data. Most of the presentations and videos are now available (page is constantly updated).

David Voas, Christian Welzel and Bart Meuleman enriched the workshop with their keynote contributions.

Measuring education in the ESS and EVS

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

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.

EVS at ESRA

The conference has been particularly successful for EVS.

Members of EVS organized and chaired sessions on

Second data pre-release of EVS2017

The announcement of the second data pre-release gained a lot of interest also on Twitter (see here and here).

SERISS event

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.

Vera Lomazzi, Secretary of the Executive Committee of EVS has been elected in the ESRA Board

4 new members:  Stephanie Steinmetz (University of Lausanne), Vera Lomazzi (GESIS), Kathin Thomas (Princeton University), Emily Gilbert (University College London)

Meeting of EVS and WVS Secretariats

Head of Secretariat of the World Values Survey Association Kseniya Kizilova and Secretary of the European Values Study Vera Lomazzi held a working meeting at the #ESRA19 conference of the European Survey Research Association to discuss future joint activities of the WVSA and the EVS.

#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.

#EVS and #WVS networks will meet further in July 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal at a EVS-WVS pre-IPSA workshop conducted in conjunction with the next world congress of the International Political Science Association.

2nd Pre-release of EVS2017

The second pre-release of EVS2017 is now available.

What is new in the 2nd pre-release?

  • In addition to the 16 countries already available in the first pre-release, there are 14 new countries: Albania, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Romania, Serbia, Sweden
  • 6 countries additionally used self-administered mode: Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland (matrix design was applied by 4 countries DE IS, NE, CH) –> Please consult App D: Guide to mixed mode approach and matrix design (Matrix_Design_Question_Blocks.xlsx) of the Variable Report.
  • Further harmonized variables on education and occupation added
  • First weight variables included –>  please consult App E: Weighting data of the Variable Report.

Here you can find data and documentation.

Current version of the integrated dataset: ZA7500, v2-0-0 (2019-07-15), doi:10.4232/1.13314.
Documentation: as of 15 July 2019.

For further information on data download, see Data Access

One goal of EVS Pre-releases is to improve the quality of the data and its documentation. Information on errors or omissions in the data and the documentation is very welcome. Please report any problems to the EVS Data Service at GESIS, Cologne. Many thanks!

SERISS Event at ESRA

Results from the SERISS Project will be presented during a dedicated event at the ESRA Conference in Zagreb on Wednesday (17 July) from 5.30pm at FEB Library.

As partner of this EC funded project, EVS will be present at the event showcasing the SERISS project.

SERISS is a four year collaboration between six of Europe’s social science infrastructures – the European Social Survey (ESS ERIC), the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe(SHARE ERIC), the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA AS), the Generations and Gender Programme(GGP); the European Values Study (EVS) and the WageIndicator Survey.

The project, which ends in August 2019, is intended to ensure that Europe’s social science data infrastructures are equipped to play a major role in addressing the key societal challenges facing Europe today and that national and European policymaking is built on a solid base of the highest quality socio-economic evidence.
It aims to overcome fragmentation among research infrastructures and foster interoperability, harmonisation and innovation by:

  • Addressing key challenges for cross-national data collection
  • Breaking down barriers between infrastructures through shared tools
  • Embracing the future of social sciences through new forms of data and modes of data collection

SERISS has produced a range of outputs relevant to survey researchers including:

  • An inventory of sampling frames available across Europe and resources to assist in gaining access to population registers for survey sampling;
  • New evidence on close vs. adaptive survey translations;
  • Online tools to facilitate questionnaire design and documentation, translation management, fieldwork monitoring, ex-post variable harmonisation and overall survey management;
  • Guidelines for combining survey data with social media and administrative data;
  • Data and documentation from the world’s first cross-national probability-based online panel;
  • Tools and databases for harmonised coding of occupation, industry and education.

This interactive event will provide an opportunity to hear more about project activities, test out a SERISS tools and speak to the experts involved.

There will also be an opportunity to learn about how the data produced by each of the SERISS research infrastructures is being used to address the grand societal challenges facing Europe.

SERISS will host a drinks reception alongside this event.

Please join us to learn more about these exciting developments in European survey research.

The SERISS project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654221

Read more about the involvement of EVS in the SERISS project here.

CfP: Comparing values in (post-)crisis Europe

First international workshop of EVS 2017, 10-11 October 2019, Tbilisi (Georgia)

In the recent years, Europe was exposed to remarkable dynamics of simultaneously growing together and falling apart. On the one hand, the traffic of goods, services, and labor between European states and regions increased, ongoing technological developments induce transformations in the working life, the European Union was enlarged as a geographical, political and social unit, and cultural barriers seem to be declining. On the other one, strong social, economic and political forces are threatening to pull Europe apart. The economic crisis, the new migration flows and the humanitarian emergency following in the wake of the refugee crisis affected the European countries quite differently. These differentiated developments have challenged intra-European solidarity and activated different mechanisms related to questions of security, responsibility for border controls and for the management of the crisis. Euro-skepticism, populism and right-wing extremism are on the rise in most European countries. At the same time, the continued, increasing immigration from outside Europe challenges the “Fortress Europe” and raises questions of solidarity, social cohesion, inter-ethnic and inter-religious interactions. Finally, increasing levels of social inequality across the European countries and growing precariousness in European labor markets seems to stoke resentment of national elites and fuel the authoritarian and populist movements.

How do all these events affect the Europeans’ values? And how can researchers measure and compare human values in an adequate and meaningful way?

The European Values Study is organizing an international workshop to address these research questions in collaboration with GORBI (Georgian Opinion Research Business International). Alongside selected proposals, the program is enriched by the keynote contributions given by: Professor Bart Meuleman (Coordinator of the Centre for Sociological Research at KU Leuven, and President of the European Survey Research Association); Professor David Voas (Head of Department of Social Science at University College London, and member of the Executive Committee of the European Values Study); Professor Christian Welzel (Chair in Political Culture Research, Center for the Study of Democracy at Leuphana University, and Vice-President of World Values Survey Association).

We welcome proposals studying the Europeans’ values from a comparative perspective and making use of the second pre-release of EVS2017 (which will make data available for about 30 countries) on its own or in conjunction with previous waves of EVS or WVS. Dataset and documentation concerning the first pre-release, which includes 16 countries, are already available for download. Up-to-date information about the pre-releases can be found on the EVS website.

In addition to substantive proposals on European values and attitudes with a focus on multilevel and longitudinal research questions on topics such as (but not limited to) social solidarity, social cohesion, national and European identity, we are interested also in papers investigating validity and cross-cultural comparability of values and attitudes. In particular, contributions on the issue of measurement equivalence are highly appreciated.

Please, send an abstract of maximum 250 words to the Scientific Committee of the Workshop (evs.georgia2019@gmail.com) by June 22. Proposals should clearly describe the aims of the study and the methodology applied, but do not have to include results. Decisions about acceptance will be made by 12th July 2019.

The Local Organizing Committee at GORBI, Tbilisi, Georgia

Lucy Flynn, Rian Hulscher , Merab Pachulia

The Scientific Committee of the Workshop

Morten Frederiksen (Aalborg Universitet, Copenhagen, Denmark); Vera Lomazzi (GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Cologne, Germany); Gergely Rosta (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary); Natalia Soboleva (Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, NRU Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

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