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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”.

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:


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

EVS at WAPOR conference

EVS participated in the 71° WAPOR Conference in Marrakech (27-30 June 2018) with a panel,  chaired by Vera Lomazzi and Ruud Luijkx, aimed at illustrating the most recent methodological innovations employed in EVS2017 together with some first substantive results from the most recent collected data. The panel proposed four presentations:

The European Values Study from 1981 to 2026: Methodological Developments
Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University), Vera Lomazzi (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)

Using Web Probing to Elucidate Respondents’ Understanding of “Minorities“ in Cross-Cultural Comparative Research
Michael Braun, Dorothée Behr, Katharina Meitinger, Klara Raiber (GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences)

Questions in context: location and order effects in the measurement of values
Alexandre Pollien, Michèle Ernst Stähli, Michael Ochsner, Patricia Milbert (FORS)

A Growing Educational Divide? Evidence from the Netherlands from 5 EVS Waves
Tim Reeskens, Inge Sieben, Loek Halman (Tilburg University)

Other members of EVS participated in different panels: Pablo Christmann from the German EVS team gave a presentation “How people evaluate democracy: An assessment of the effects of economic performance and quality of democracy on satisfaction with democracy; and Ziva Broder, Simona Zavratnik, Rebeka Falle Zorman from the Slovenian EVS team gave the presentation “Public opinion and migration: the case study from Slovenian perspective