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Renewed cooperation agreement for values surveys in Europe

The European Values Study and the World Values Survey Association signed a cooperation agreement for the next joint survey wave in European countries. Both organizations will aim to carry out the joint EVS/WVS survey in Europe during 2026-2027. The joint EVS/WVS survey will take place as a part of the 8 th wave of the WVS scheduled to take place worldwide in 2024-2026, and the 6 th wave of the EVS scheduled to take place in Europe in 2026-2028.

Acknowledging the added value of the EVS/WVS joint surveys and datasets for the data users, and realizing the advantages for the research teams in both networks, the following key principles of the future cooperation are proposed. 
To maximize the benefits for the data-users, the EVS and the WVSA shall aim at and explore jointly how to:

  • Expand the geographical coverage of EVS and WVS surveys in Europe.
  • Increase the joint core questionnaire (overlapping variables) to be surveyed by the EVS and the WVSA in Europe.
  • Facilitate harmonization of the socioeconomic and demographic variables.
  • Increase the amount of survey data by allowing split sample models (or conducting two non-conflicting timewise and funding-wise surveys) in Europe where possible.
  • Facilitate cooperation on data cleaning and publication of joint dataset and related deliverables.

To maximize the efficiency of cooperation for the survey teams, the EVS and the WVSA shall aim at and explore jointly how to:

  • Ensure regular, smooth communication and information exchange between the EVS and WVSA teams in countries where EVS and WVS have different National Program Directors/ Principal Investigators.
  • Avoid open competition over funding in the same country by introducing coordination of fundraising effort, altering the surveys timing or introducing mediation between the Principal Investigators (PIs) if necessary.
  • Ensure proper acknowledgement of all invested efforts from both EVS and WVSA, and presentation of the surveys conducted within the framework of this agreement as “joint EVS/WVS surveys in Europe”.

The Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) will ensure the coordination between data collection in Europe and the rest of the world and will cooperate as equal partners in the following activities:

  • Preparation and submission of joint funding applications in countries where EVS and WVS have different National Program Directors/ Principal Investigators.
  • Discussion and consultancy regarding sampling, sampling design, applied methodological guidelines, questionnaire translation, etc., subject to the minimum standards set out by the EVS.
  • Jointly approve the wording and order of the items in the common core of the questionnaire.
  • Transparency of all procedures and regular information exchange.
  • Joint data collection of EVS and WVS national teams in those countries where the two organizations have separate PIs, while these PIs retain their status within the EVS and WVS, respectively.
  • Cooperative resolution of any conflicts or disputes arising in this process.

It is expected that, similar to the previous waves, the two questionnaires will consist of joint items that are common to both and unique items that are specific to either the EVS or WVS questionnaire. The joint items define the Common Core of both questionnaires, while the unique items constitute the Separate Parts of the EVS and WVS questionnaires. Under the premises of this agreement, it is in the interest of both the EVS and WVS to take all meaningful efforts to maximize the Common Core relative to the Separate Parts. The Common Core will be agreed upon by the end of October 2023.
In addition, the EVS questionnaire will include a Separate Part of unique items that are not used by the WVS. Analogously, the unique items of the WVS’s Separate Part will be fielded only in the other parts of the world. Amid the differences in the wave timelines, the WVS will have the WVS-8 questionnaire ready in late 2023; the EVS will have their questionnaire ready in 2025.

To build cooperation and understanding, the JLC will explore opportunities for common future activities of mutual interests linking all members of the EVS and WVS communities, such as considering organizing joint panels, conferences and workshops, outreach, reports, publications, and publicity. Regular communications will usually be electronic and members of the JLC will be invited to participate in major organizational events, planning meetings, and workshops from 2024 to 2028, and information about any Calls for Papers for any conference panels, seminar events, or academic workshops sharing findings will be disseminated among members of the EVS and WVSA networks, to promote mutual cooperation and understanding.

For more information about the next waves of EVS ane WVS and any questions about the cooperation agreement, please, contact and/or


25 years of the EVS project in Croatia

Croatia joined the European Values Study in 1998. To mark the 25th anniversary of this fruitful scientific partnership, the Croatian team organized an event in Zagreb on 27 September, 2023 (in Kaptol 29a, Zagreb).

Scholars from different disciplines and public media representatives attended the event.


9.30 – 10.50    Opening address and greetings

Archbishop of Zagabria, Mons. Dražen Kutleša                       

Dean of CFT, Josip Šimunović, Ph.D.

9.50 – 10.30    Occasional speeches

                        Josip Baloban, Prof. Emeritus (First EVS National Program Director in Croatia)

                        Prof. Vera Lomazzi, Ph.D., The Past, Present and Future of EVS (Executive Committee of EVS)

10.35 – 11.35 Two introductory presentations: reflection on three books and Croatian results

                        Prof. Stjepan Kušar, Ph.D.

                        Assoc. Prof. Tijana Trako Poljak, Ph.D.

                        Moderator: Prof. Gordan Črpić, Ph.D. (Former member of the Theory Group of EVS)

11.40 – 12.00 Discussion

12.00 – 12.20 Break

12.20 – 13.45 Panel discussion 

Participants: Vera Lomazzi, Gordan Črpić, Krunoslav Nikodem, Stjepan Baloban, Tonči Matulić, Dragan Bagić (ESS), Ivan Balabanić, Josip Ježovita

Moderator: Prof. Siniša Zrinščak, Ph.D.

13.45 – 14.00 Closing remarks

                        Assoc. Prof. Silvija Migles, Ph.D.

Media report

EVS Panel at the 76 WAPOR Conference

In the context of the 76° Conference of the World Association of Public Opinion Research, held in Salisburg from 18 to 22 September 2023, the EVS organized a panel chaired by Ruud Luijkx (chair of the Executive Committee) and Michael Ochsner (Chair of the Scientific Committee of the EVS).

After introducing the audience to the EVS project, some EVS scholars presented their research work:

Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo, Italy): Gender Equality Values and Cultural Orientations: Insights from the European Values Study

Markus Quandt (GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany), Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo, Italy): ‘Close’ and ‘Universal’ Solidarity in Europe. Exploring Differences and Antecedents of Attitudinal Solidarity, using the European Values Study 2017

Milos Besic (University of Belgrade, Serbia): The Predictive Capacity of Fair Elections on Institutional Strength,
HDI, GDP per Capita, and Interpersonal Trust: A Country-Level Analysis

Alice Ramos (University of Lisbon, Portugal), Jorge Vala (University of Lisbon, Portugal): Are Childrearing Values’ Preferences in Europe Associated to Socioeconomic Development and Social Inequalities?

Edurne Bartolomé Peral (Peral University of Deusto, Spain), Hermann Duelmer (University of Cologne, Germany), Pascal Siegers (GESIS -Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany), Tilo Beckers (Heinrich Heine University of Dusseldorf, Germany): “Who shall live, and who shall die?” – Attitudes Towards Medical Triage during the Covid pandemic: Results from an Experimental Design Using Factorial Survey

Other members of EVS contributed to the program in other sessions:

Natalia Soboleva (HSE University, Russia), Boris Sokolov (HSE University, Russia): Labor Market Status Change and life Satisfaction During the Coronavirus Pandemic (the Evidence of Values in Crisis Study)

Yilmaz Esmer (Bahcesehir University, Turkey), Duygu Karadon (Bahcesehir University, Turkey): Demand for Populism in the Black Sea Region: A Cultural Values Approach to Populist Politics

Bobby Duffy (King’s College London, UK), Paul Stoneman (King’s College London, UK), James Wright (King’s College London, UK): Generations and Attitudes Towards Society and Democracy

New ESRA President

During the General Assembly of the European Survey Research Association, held in Milan on 18 July 2023, Vera Lomazzi, Secretary of the Executive Committee, has been eleceted President.

The new ESRA board 2023-2025 is composed as follows:

President: Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo, Italy)

Vice President: Alexander Wenz (University of Mannheim, Germany)

Conference Chair: Daniel Seddig (University of Cologne, Germany)

Vice Conference Chair: Angelo Moretti (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)

General Secretary: Alessandra Gaia (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)

Treasurer: Emily Gilbert (London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime, UK)

Committee Member – Communication: Carina Cornesse (DIW Berlin, Germany)

Committee Member – Education: Olga Maslovskaya (University of Southampton, UK)

Committee Member – Podcasts: Daniil Lebedev (Independent Researcher)

Committee Member – Awards: Stephanie Steinmetz (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Committee Member – Constitutional Affairs): Tom W. Smith (NORC at the University of Chicago, USA)

Committee Member – GDPR Compliance, Membership: Michael Bergmann (Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy, Munich, Germany)

Committee Member: René Bautista (NORC at the University of Chicago, USA)

Committee Member: Trent D. Buskirk (Bowling Green State University, USA)

Committee Member: Pablo Cabrera Alvarez (University of Essex, UK)

Committee Member: Mengyao Hu (University of Michigan, USA)

Committee Member: Alisú Schoua-Glusberg (Research Support Services Inc., USA)

Committee Member: Vera Toepoel (Statistics Netherlands, The Netherlands)

Editor of Survey Research Methods: Ulrich Kohler (University of Potsdam, Germany)

WVS/EVS joint session at IPSA

27th World Congress of Political Science took place on 15-19 July 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The WVS/EVS joint session “Social Values and Norms Changing the Development of Societies: Evidence from the European Values Study and the World Values Survey“, organized by Edurne Bartolome Peral (EVS) and Kseniya Kizilova (WVS) welcomed contributions based on EVS/WVS data addressing substantive and/or methodological aspects of value research. Recent joint EVS-WVS dataset (2017-2022) and the EVS-WVS trend file (1981-2022) allow social and political sciences to broaden and deepen their analysis. We invite papers which make use of the EVS/WVS data -solely or in combination with other types of data- to address a broad scope of issues, including political culture and political attitudes, support for democracy and political participation, perceptions of gender equality and moral values, identity and trust, civil society, corruption, solidarity, and migration among the others.

Convenor: Dr. Kseniya Kizilova

Chair: Dr. Edurne Bartolome

Co-chair: Prof. Christian Haerpfer

Discussants: Dr. Ingrid Grosse


Mongolian’s Social Values: Overview and Some Comparisons Authors: Prof. Nadezhda Dulina, Dr. Tseveen Tsetsenbileg

The Social Dynamics of Religiosity Decline Author: Dr. Jakson Aquino

Ukrainian Values: Between the Slavic-Orthodox Legacy and Europe’s Allure Authors: Dr. Plamen Akaliyski, Dr. Tim Reeskens

Values and Character Building Promoted by Indonesian Parents at Home: Evidence from World Value Survey

Authors: Dr. Ni Wayan Suriastini, Dr. Bondan Soepraptilah Sikoki


Several members of the European Values Study participated in the 10°Conference of the European Survey Research Association, held in Milan from 17 to 21 of July, 2023. More than 900 scholars attended the biennal event.

Panel discussion “Survey research post-pandemic: What is it becoming?”
Ruud Luijkx, Chair of the Executive Committee of EVS participated in the panel discussion “Survey research post-pandemic: What is it becoming?”, chaired by Gerry Nicolaas (National Centre for Social Research).

The panel discussion will bring together experts in the field to share insights about the changing survey landscape and the impact that this is having on survey practice. The panel will explore how advances in technology and changes in societal norms are changing the way surveys are designed and implemented. Even before the pandemic, we were already witnessing a shift from traditional interviewer-administered surveys to online surveys, either as a stand-alone mode or embedded within a mixed mode system including face-to-face, telephone and paper. The panel will reflect on the impact of Covid-19 on these advances and changes. This includes discussing the challenges and opportunities that have arisen from conducting surveys during a pandemic, and to what extent these will continue to shape the future of survey research. The panel will discuss how survey practitioners and researchers can navigate current challenges and opportunities to ensure that their surveys remain robust, efficient, and effective in providing high-quality data and insights that can inform decision-making processes.

Panel Participants:

  • Brad Edwards, Vice President, Westat, Large Surveys Practice
  • Rory Fitzgerald, Professor of Practice in Survey Research, City, University of London
  • Ruud Luijkx, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Tilburg University
  • Caroline Roberts, Assistant Professor in Survey Methodology, University of Lausanne
  • Christof Wolf, President, GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

Values Surveys Sessions

The European Values Study and the World Values Survey continue their cooperation also in dissemination activities. The two research group proposed the session “European Values Study and World Values Survey: Exploring New Survey Findings and Addressing Methodological Challenges”.

The session, organized by Vera Lomazzi, Kseniya Kizilova, and Ruud Luijkx, welcomed proposals addressing substantive and/or methodological aspects of value research making use of the EVS/WVS data -solely or in combination with other types of data- to address a broad scope of issues, including political culture and political attitudes, support for democracy and political participation, perceptions of gender equality and moral values, identity and trust, civil society, corruption, solidarity, and migration among the others.

Wednesday 19 July, 09:00 – 10:30

Misogynistic Gender Ideologies and the Participation in Clubs Sports: A Comparative Perspective based on the World Value Survey and the European Values Study – Mr Simon Lütkewitte (Bielefeld University )

The Gender Value Gap: Evidence from the World Values Survey – Dr Natalia Soboleva (LCSR HSE University), Dr Plamen Akaliyski (University Carlos III of Madrid), Professor Michael Minkov (Varna University of Management)

European Attitudes towards Same-sex Parenting and Adoption by Same-sex Couples – Dr Ivett Szalma (Centre for Social Sciences), Professor Judit Takács (Centre for Social Sciences)

Double Trouble? The Interplay of Political Ideology and Religiosity in Shaping Attitudes towards Abortion in a Comparative Global Perspective – Dr Giulia Maria Dotti-Sani (University of Milan), Dr Jessica Rosco (University of Milan)

Postmaterialism and Value Change: An Age-Period-Cohort Analysis of the US, Japan, Turkey and China – Professor Ming-Chang Tsai (Academia Sinica)

Thursday 20 July, 9:00 – 10:30

Separating cross-cultural and cross-national: an investigation of moral differences using the European Values Study – Miss Anastasiia Volkova (University of Helsinki)

Religiosity, religious context, and intolerance: A cross-survey comparison – Ms Andrea Turković (Università degli Studi di Milano Statale)

Different Methods, But Same Results? A Comparison of Causal Forest and Propensity Score Matching on Health Disparities Between Natives And Migrants – Mr Manuel Holz (TU Chemnitz), Ms Sandra Jaworeck (TU Chemnitz)

Do Mode and Design Matter? Comparability and Representation between Face-to-Face and different designs of Push-to-Web using substantive research questions – Dr Michael Ochsner (FORS), Dr Jessica M. E. Herzing (University of Berne), Mr Alexandre Pollien (FORS), Dr Michèle Ernst Staehli (FORS)

Co-nationals, first! How national identity and perceived threats matter in native favouritism – Dr Simona Guglielmi (University of Milan)


An updated version of the EVS Bibliography is now online. 

It includes 3212 entries:

1755 Journal Articles

353 Books

716 Book Chapters

78 Conference Papers

71 Dissertations

64 Master’s Theses

155 Working Papers

20 Miscellaneous (Newspapers etc.)

Is your EVS publication not in the EVS Bibliography?

Please send us an email at with the bibliographic information on your publication (title, author(s), year of publication, journal or publisher, online resources). Also include information on the specific EVS data that you used, preferably by giving the title and the DOI of the dataset. If you can offer additional information on variable names, countries and time points, we would appreciate.

Information about the bibliographic citation of EVS data can be found here.

Final releases

Joint EVS/WVS Dataset 2017-2022, EVS Trend File 1981-2017, and Integrated Values Surveys 1981-2022

The Joint EVS/WVS Dataset includes the joint items that define the Common Core of the EVS 2017 and WVS7 questionnaires. In altogether 100 surveys more than 150.000 respondents from 90 countries/regions were interviewed between 2017 and 2022.

The EVS trend files are constructed from the five EVS waves and cover almost 40 years. In altogether 160 surveys more than 224.000 respondents from 49 countries/regions were interviewed.

The Integrated Values Surveys (IVS) 1981-2022 can be constructed by merging the EVS Trend File 1981-2017 (doi:10.4232/1.14021) and the WVS Trend File 1981-2022 doi:10.14281/18241.23. It is based on the Common EVS/WVS Dictionary (2021) and includes 450 surveys from 115 countries/territories.

The data and documentation are accessible through the GESIS data collection at GESIS- Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences.

Renewal of EVS bodies

In December 2022 the EVS renewed the bodies that will lead the survey programme during the term 2023-2027.

Composition of the Executive Committee 2023-2027:

Chair: Ruud Luijkx (also representative of the EVS Foundation)

Secretary: Vera Lomazzi (also co-editor of the European Values Series Book)

Members: Edurne Bartolomé Peral, Gudbjörg Andrea Jonsdottir, Alice Ramos, Markus Quandt (Representative of the Data Archive), Michael Ochsner (Chair of the Scientific Committee).

Invited members: Antoanela Petkovska (Chair of the EVS Council), Inge Sieben (co-editor of the European Values Series Book)

Composition of the Scientific Committee 2023-2027:

Chair: Michael Ochsner 

Deputy Chair: Claudiu Tufis

Member: Ferruccio Biolcati , Stefan Dahlberg, Frédéric Gonthier, Bart Meuleman, Morten Frederiksen , Gergely Rosta, Joanna Konieczna-Sałamatin, Beatrice Elena Chromková Manea, Quita Muis, Reinhard Pollak

Chair of the Council of National Program Directors 2023-2027: Antoanela Petkovska (North Macedonia)

Information on the organization and functioning of the EVS is available here.

Past, Present and Future of the study of European Values

The venue: University of Bergamo, Italy

The Italian team of the European Values Study/World Values Survey hosts the annual General Assembly of EVS, the meeting of the Liaison Committee of EVS-WVS, and the international scientific event “European Values and the Values of Europe” alongside the Third Italian conference of EVS/WVS data users “Crisis after Crisis: Values Change in Italy”.

The event takes place at the University of Bergamo on (28)- 29-30 September 2022 with a rich program for the sessions open to the public.

On September 29th, the keynote session “European values and social identities” with Dr. Plamen Akaliyski and Dr. Simona Guglielmi, addresses relevant issues in current Europe societies, such as cultural integration and national and European identity. Later, during the roundtable on “Studying Values in Turbolent Europe“, Dr. Michale Ochsner (FORS, EVS Standing Group) chairs the discussion on current challenges and future prospects for values research with Ruud Luijks (EVS), Kseniya Kizilova (WVS/WAPOR), Andrea Bonaccorsi (University of Pisa and IRVAPP-FBK), and Gabi Lombardo (European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities).

On 29th afternoon and on 30th, the Third Italian conference of EVS/WVS data users takes place with selected presentations (sessions in English/Italian).

The event takes place in person.

Organizing Committee
Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo), Ferruccio Biolcati (University of Milan), Giancarlo Rovati (Catholic University of Milan), Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University, University of Trento)

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