Category Archives: Central Team

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)

4th ESS Conference

The University of Mannheim hosts the upcoming 4th ESS International Conference on 15-17 April 2019. On Monday 15 afternoon, Ruud Luijkx, Loek Halman and Vera Lomazzi chair the session  F1: “Bridging ESS and EVS to study social attitudes, norms and values in a troubled Europe”.

The session takes place at 2.30-4.10PM, room 204.

Cross-sectional surveys  in Europe such as the European Social Survey (ESS) and the European Values Study (EVS), support scholars aiming at studying human values in comparative perspective, both across countries and over time, by providing high quality data concerning several life domains. The ESS collects data through rotating modules every 2 years since 2002 in a varying number of countries (the maximum was 31 participating countries in 2008), while the EVS investigates the Europeans’ values since 1981 in more than 40 countries every 9 years (the maximum was 47 participating countries in 2008).

While keeping their different goals and identities, these two programmes provide measures to investigate common dimensions in the domains of social and institutional trust; political participation; life satisfaction and happiness; national identity; religiosity; attitudes towards immigration, gender roles, climate change, welfare, and others. Scholars often exploit this commonality to enlarge the coverage of their studies, for example combining the datasets to obtain a longer time-series or a larger number of countries.

The session proposes papers that adopt the combined use of ESS and EVS in the comparative study of values and studies investigating the potential bridging of EVS measures and ESS items from methodological perspective:

F1.1. Malnar, Brina: Informing cross-survey cooperation: Exploring patterns of academic usage in four general purpose surveys

F1.2. Lomazzi, Vera & Luijkx, Ruud: A first comparison of questions from the European Values Study and the core module of the European Social Survey

F1.3. Ortmanns, Verena & Schneider, Silke L.: Comparing the measurement of educational attainment in ESS and EVS

F1.4. Biolcati, Ferruccio & Molteni, Francesco: Using cumulative datasets to study religious change in Europe: a focus on ESS and EVS

F1.5. Matejková, Alexandra: Gender differences in the importance of work and family roles in Slovak Republic: Concepts about “ideal” family relationships in ESS and EVS comparison

More information on the ESS conference, including the preliminary program, can be found on the European Social Survey website.

First Pre-release of EVS2017

The first pre-release of EVS2017 is now available.

As for the other waves, EVS data is archived at the Data Archive for Social Sciences at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences, Cologne.

The goal of the EVS Pre-Releases is to make the current data of the European Values Study, which  back in the field since September 2017, quickly available for research. They are lean products created by the research group at Tilburg University, theparticipating countries and the GESIS data archive. The data is based on thequestions of the Master Questionnaire but does not yet include all harmonizedand derived variables. The documentation provides information on the creationand processing of national data, but still in a compact format.

The first version of the integrated dataset contains data from 16 countries (Armenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Georgia, Iceland, Croatia, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Belarus). More than 22.000 persons, selected through random sampling, were interviewed personally (face-to-face).

Here you can find data and documentation.

Current version of the integrated dataset: Release v1-0-0 as of December 2018, doi:10.4232/1.13090.
Documentation: as of December 2018.

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!

EVS sessions at ESRA – Call for Abstract

The call for abstract for ESRA 2019 is open. Members of EVS organize several sessions:

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Using the European Values Study (1981-2017) for the comparative study of value change: substantive insights and methodological challengesRuud Luijkx, Vera Lomazzi

Making long web surveys feasible: Matrix design and multiple imputation in cross-cultural surveysMichael Ochsner, Gudbjorg Andrea Jonsdottir, Tobias Gummer

Gender equality in comparative perspectiveNatalia Soboleva, Vera Lomazzi, Beatrice Elena Chromková Manea

In addition, Alexandre Pollien (FORS, Switzerland EVS Team) with Jessica Herzing organize the session Designing questionnaires – the role of question order on measurement; and Michael Braun (member of the Methodology Group of EVS), together with Katharina Meitinger, Dorothée Behr, Lars Kaczmirek, coordinate the session Web Probing

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) to the session of your choice via the ESRA conference management system by 18th November 2018. Here more information.

4th ESS International conference

Bridging ESS and EVS to study social attitudes, norms, and values in a troubled Europe

The will take place in Mannheim, Germany, on 15-17 April 2019. The organizers announced the call for paper.

Ruud Luijkx, Vera Lomazzi, and Loek Halman propose the session F1 Bridging ESS and EVS to study social attitudes, norms and values in a troubled Europe.

In your submission, please indicate the session ID number to which your paper fits best (the ESS-EVS session is F1).

For your paper to be considered, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (plus 3-5 keywords) via email by 15 September 2018. After the review process (no later than 30 November 2018), you will be informed about the decision regarding your paper. For more Information about the conference, please email essconference2019@gesis.org.

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