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Are adult children owed to help their parents?

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 The proposal was withdrawn, but the mere appearance of the initiative shows how relevant it is to discuss the topic in the Romanian space.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.

EVS members in Tilburg achieve awards and grants for EVS

Tim Reeskens, Inge Sieben and Ruud Luijkx received prestigious awards and grants, all related to European Values Study

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.

Errata in EVS 2017 v2

ERRATUM in EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset (ZA7500_v2-0.0.sav):

In Azerbaijan and Georgia the variable v197 “important: to share European culture (Q54D)” erroneously contains the data of v196 “important: to be a Christian (Q54C)”. This error leads to a perfect correlation between these variables in both countries.

Correct data for v197 has been reconstructed from the original datasets provided by the national team of Georgia (also in charge of the data preparation for Azerbaijan). Correct data and the syntax to merge it with the IDS will be provided by GESIS Data Archive after request. Please contact  evsservice@gesis.org. The Link to the Errata in DBK is: https://dbk.gesis.org/dbksearch/SDesc2.asp?ll=10&notabs=&af=&nf=1&search=&search2=&db=E&no=7500

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.

Call for experts – “Science of values and identity in the political process”

The Joint Research Centre (JDR) wants to improve the understanding of the values held by European citizens and political parties and opens the Call for Experts – “Science of values and identity in the political process

The JRC seeks to work with experts from across the globe to provide a state-of-the-science report on the Science of values and identity in the political process.

This study should lead to the development of a practical analytical framework for policymakers to support their political choices by:

  • clarifying the values behind each policy issue and
  • informing the values trade-off process involved.

Scholars can apply either as:

  • Contributing Author of the report
  • Steering Committee member

For further information about the application, requirements and procedure of application, please read the full call here.

The deadline for submission is September 10th, 2019.

Are educational values changed?

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).

Other than turbo-capitalism, Italian think green

Altro che turbocapitalismo, think

Results from EVS in Italy has been used as a source for a commentary on the Huffington Post focussed on the climate crisis and the need of a change in political priorities. More than 60% of the Italians express strong environmentalist attitudes. As this commentary enlightens, in the face of the choice between economic growth and environmental protection, the response is definitely in favour of the latter, even at the cost of putting in some personal income resource or committing directly.

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!

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