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3rd Pre-release of EVS2017

The third pre-release of EVS2017 is now available.  

What is new in the 3rd pre-release?  

  • The release includes two integrated datasets:  
    • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset (ZA7500) contains data from about 55.200 respondents and 33 countries.  
    • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset – Matrix Design Data (ZA7502) includes data from about 10.500 respondents and the four countries that applied the matrix design.
  • With Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and North Macedonia, three new countries were included in the Integrated Dataset (ZA7500).
  • Further harmonized variables on education, occupation, and income were added to both integrated datasets (ZA7500 and ZA7502).  
  • New calibration weights were included in the Integrated Dataset (ZA7500). 
  • In addition and due to their specific samples, individual datasets for Greece (ZA7546) and the Swedish minority in Finland (ZA7549) were published.  
  • The documentation was updated (as of 27 May 2020). 

Here you can find data and documentation.  

Current version of the integrated datasets:
EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset: ZA7500, v3-0-0 (2020-05-27), doi:10.4232/1.13511 
EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset – Matrix Design Data: ZA7502, v1-0-0 (2020-05-27) doi:10.4232/1.13092

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. Manythanks!  

CfP: Changing values in a changing world?

The Italian team of EVS/WVS launched a call for papers for the special issue of the Italian journal “Quaderni di Sociologia

This call for papers aims at gathering methodologically high quality, theoretically based contributions using the EVS-WVS data. The call asks for a special emphasis on Italy and the 2018 round: comparative and longitudinal contributions are welcome. While the editors are interested in all the EVS-WVS topics, they especially aim at collecting papers that address the following themes.

Editors: Ferruccio Biolcati Università degli Studi di Milano, Giancarlo Rovati Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Paolo Segatti Università degli Studi di Milano).

Data available via GESIS Data Search (EVS2017 ; EVS 1981-2008)

Timeline:

Abstracts of 500 words accompanied by 5 keywords should be submitted to ferruccio.biolcati@unimi.it, giancarlo.rovati@unicatt.it (cc: paola.borgna@unito.it) by June 30, 2020.

Authors will be notified by the editors concerning the selection of the articles by July 31, 2020.

The deadline for the submission of the full version of the articles is January 31, 2021. Articles of maximum 50.000 characters and written in English or Italian should follow the journal guidelines (https://journals.openedition.org/qds/496).

Communication concerning the peer‐review process will be provided by April 30, 2021. Authors will submit their final versions by July 31, 2021. Publication on issue 1/2022.

For any further information, please contact the editors.

EVS data download is back online

EVS data, as well as data from more than 6,000 social sciences studies, can be again accessed and downloaded.

The GESIS data download is back online. Data can be found via the GESIS Search (https://search.gesis.org) and downloaded with all documentation and materials after registration and login. This requires a registration and login under https://login.gesis.org. As before, access to more sensitive research data can be granted upon request. More information on GESIS website.

Here is a direct link to the dataset and documentation of the most recent version of EVS2017.

EVS2017: data release postponement

Although the EVS teams in Tilburg and Cologne were able to move their work to home office relatively well, the challenges associated with the Coronavirus outbreak led to a loss of efficiency in the first few weeks.

It seems very difficult to meet the planned deadline for the EVS 2017 Full data release, which is very complex in terms of data and documentation. Therefore, the final release is postponed until early October.

At the same time, however, to make the current data available for research, a third (slim) pre-release will be available on 27 May 2020.

This EVS pre-release will include data from North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina. In addition and due to their specific samples, individual datasets for Greece and the Swedish minority in Finland will be published in the context of EVS 2017 (30 + 5 countries). Finally, it will contain all new variables planned for the full release.

The new dataset structure (Main data file and Add-on Matrix data file) will already be applied. That is, we provide the ‘average user’ with a ready-to-use main mixed mode/matrix design data file (full cases only), where no selection of cases nor merging datasets is necessary, and with adequate sample sizes in each country. And provide the ‘expert user’ with an additional matrix design data file containing information and cases on the matrix ‘experiment’ (no follow-up, follow-up refusal, break-off cases), that could be useful for methodological research.

The Full release, in early October, will additionally include data from Portugal and (depending on the impact of coronavirus on fieldwork and on data quality) Luxembourg, Ukraine, and Latvia. Furthermore, there will be individual datasets for Turkey, Romanian-Hungary, and Malta.

It will include the following comprehensively documented datasets

Main data file

Add-on:  Matrix data file

Add-on:  Additional country-specific variables

Add-on: Sensitive data

Full release: 35 countries in 3rd pre-release + 7 new countries (probably not all possible until early Oct)

IDS Full release: 37 integrated and 5 individual datasets (probably not all possible until early Oct)

EVS Bibliography – New Edition

An up-to-date version of the EVS Bibliography is now online.

It includes 2161 Entries:
1117 Article (Journal Articles)
252 Book
532 InCollection (Book Chapters)
49 Inproceedings (Conference Papers)
54 PhDThesis (Dissertations)
33 Mastersthesis (Master’s Theses)
104 TechReport (Working Paper)
20 Miscellaneous

Is your EVS publication not in the EVS Bibliography?
Please send us an email at evs.bibliography@gesis.org with the bibliographic information on your publication (title, author(s), year of publication, journal or publisher, online resources).

CfP “Science and Society: Contribution of Humanities and Social Sciences”

On the occasion of the centennial anniversary from the foundation, the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje organizes on 2-5 September 2020, in Struga, the International Conference:

“Science and Society: Contribution of Humanities and Social Sciences”

The mutual relations between science and society are indisputable. Changes in the society are driven by the science, but at the same time a range of societal challenges remain unanswered by the science. Starting from the assertion that the production and role of knowledge should be understood as the interplay between society, culture and science, this conference aims to contribute to the affirmation of new knowledge of such a union. Relying on an interdisciplinary approach, the conference will offer a comprehensive treatment of a range of societal issues and dilemmas through the lens of the following scientific disciplines: Philosophy, History, Sociology, Pedagogy, Classical Studies, Art History and Archeology, Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy, Special Education and Rehabilitation, Security Defense and Peace Studies, Gender Studies, and Family Studies.  

Through the perspective of these scientific disciplines, the general topics that will be the subject and focus of this conference include:

  • Philosophy and the response to the new challenges in the society
  • Society, changes and the historical discourse
  • Pedagogy one century later
  • Sociology and values challenge for contemporary societies
  • Classical philology and contemporary educational and scientific challenges
  • From Antiquity to Postmodernism: Archeology, Art History, Preservation of Cultural Heritage
  • Psychological perspectives and the society
  • Addressing new social risks through social work and social policy
  • Special education and rehabilitation and the inclusive society
  • Society and the science of security, defence and peace
  • Gender and the new social constructions
  • New family structures and the social realities

In addition, the conference will also address transversal topics such as: identity, ethnicity, migration, social inclusion, demographic aging, gender issues, ethics and innovation.

The conference will accept scientific papers that are theoretically engaged and methodologically rigorous, including qualitative, quantitative and comparative-historical methodologies.

English is the official language of the Conference.


Important deadlines:

Abstract submission: 15 March 2020

Notification of acceptance: 30 March 2020

Final paper submission: June 15, 2020

Read the full call here

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 Extended to May 31st.

Information about accepted papers/sessions: End of April 2020 Mid-June 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.

Summer School “Europe’s Unity in Value Diversity”

At Tilburg University, a Summer School focusing on values diversity takes place from July 6-10, highlighting the role of the European Values Study in this. This one-week course will connect theory and basic empirical research strategies to use the EVS to address ongoing societal questions.

Each day of this one-week course, an important social trend will be covered. Theoretical models allow you to understand these social trends better, after which quantitative strategies are shown and validated in computer labs to study social change. 

  • For whom:
    Students (national and international) interested in the impact of challenges on individual values, attitudes, and behavior. Participants can come from any Bachelor’s or Master’s program.
  • Taught by: Dr. Tim Reeskens, Associate Professor of Sociology and holder of the Jean Monnet Chair on Identities and Cohesion in a Changing European Union, and Dr. Loek Halman, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the EVS Executive Committee. They will be joined by guest lecturers working on topics relevant to the program.
  • Start date:
    Monday 6 July 2020
  • Duration | ECTS:
    1 weeks | 2 ECTS
  • Language of instruction:
    English
  • School:
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB)
  • Course fee:
    Course fee: €500
    – 10% discount for current Tilburg University students*
    – 10% discount for students from partner universities*
    – 10% early bird discount*

*Combining discounts is not possible.

Information on schedule and application procedure are available on the Summer School webpage. Deadline for application is deadline: the 31st of May, 2020

New members of the Board of the EVS Foundation

The Board of the EVS Foundation has three new members. As of January 2020, Ruud Luijks, Vera Lomazzi, and Markus Quandt have been appointed as Board members.

The EVS Foundation is the highest legal authority of EVS. The Foundation aims at planning and promoting joint activities and offers assistance in fundraising for the EVS project. The EVS Foundation is directed by a Board whose tasks are to control contractual agreements, to initiate and mediate with funding agencies and to appoint members in the Executive Committee (nominated by Council of Program Directors). Current members of the Board are

Chair: Paul de Graaf

Secretary: Loek Halman

Member: Renata van Leeuwaarde-Martens, Vera Lomazzi, Ruud Luijkx, Markus Quandt

ANBI information and annual accounts of the Foundation can be found here.

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