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Full release of the EVS2017 Integrated Datasets

The full release of the EVS2017 includes data and documentation of altogether 35 participating countries and two surveys of minorities. As previous waves (1981, 1990, 1999, 2008), the fifth wave maintains a persistent focus on a broad range of values.

The release includes three integrated datasets:

  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset (ZA7500) contains data from 56.491 respondents and 34 countries.
  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset – Matrix Design (ZA7502) includes data from 10.598 respondents and the four countries (DE IS CH NL) that applied the mixed-mode matrix design.
  • The EVS 2017 Integrated Dataset – Sensitive Data (ZA7501) contains data that could not be included in the scientific use files for data protection reasons.

In addition and due to their specific samples, individual datasets for Greece (ZA7546), the Swedish minority in Finland (ZA7549), and the Hungarian minority in Romania (ZA7550) are published in the context of EVS 2017.

For more information, please go to the EVS Survey 2017.

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

Elected New Chairs of the Leading Bodies of EVS

Following the By-Elections of October 2020, the Theory Group and the Executive Committee met to elect their Chairs.

The nomination of Edurne Barolome Peral found full consensus among the renewed Theory Group. As Chair of the Theory Group, Edurne is ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.

The renewed Executive Committee fully agreed on the nomination of Ruud Luijkx as new Chair of the Executive Committee. Ruud Luijkx is also Chair of the Methodology Group of EVS.

Vera Lomazzi presented EVS2017 at ESA-RN21

On 9.10, Vera Lomazzi gave the keynote speech “Cross-Cultural Comparability in Large-Scale Surveys. Challenges and Innovation through Research Infrastructure Synergies” at the Mid-term conference of the European Sociological Association, Research Network 21 “Quantitative Methods”.

In her talk, she presented the methodological innovation of EVS2017 and how the cooperation with European survey infrastructures in the SERISS project as well as with the World Values Survey, favored the improvement of data quality and cross-cultural comparability in the fifth wave of EVS.

In the same keynote session, Rory Fitzgerald (ESS ERIC) presented the European Social Survey and the current challenges (and possible solutions) of empirical data collection. Furthermore, the collaboration between EVS and ESS ERIC in the context of the EC funded project “SUSTAIN II” has been presented.

Vera Lomazzi also informed about the upcoming final release of EVS2017 (20 October 2020) and of the EVS-WVS Joint Core Dataset (30.10.2020).

EVS By-Elections

Between 25 September and 9 October 2020, the EVS By-Elections took place to fulfill vacant positions in the leading bodies of the European Values Study.

The EVS community is deeply grateful to the members that supported and developed the EVS project so far and warmly welcome the new elected members:

Theory Group of EVS

The newly elected members Edurne Barolome Peral (ES); Tim Reeksens (NL), Natalia Soboleva (RU), Claudiu Tufis (RO) will join Pierre Bréchon (FR), Paul de Graaf (NL), Pedro Magalhães (PT), Ladislav Rabusic (CZ), Giancarlo Rovati (IT) in the Theory Group.

Retired members: David Voas (UK), Loek Halman (NL), Christof Wolf (DE)

Methodology Group of EVS

The newly elected members Ferruccio Biolcati (IT) and Stefan Dahlberg (SE) will join Ruud Luijkx (NL), Frédéric Gonthier (FR), Bart Meuleman (BE), Markus Quandt (DE), Alice Ramos (PT), Ivan Rimac (HR) in the Methodology Group.

Retired members: Michael Braun (DE), Dominique Joye (CH)

Executive Committee of EVS

The newly elected members Morten Frederiksen (DK), Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir (IS), Alice Ramos (PT) will join Paul de Graaf (NL), Ruud Luijkx (NL), Vera Lomazzi (IT), Markus Quandt (DE), Maria Silvestre Cabrera (ES) in the Executive Committee.

Retired members: Loek Halman (NL), Dominique Joye (CH), Christof Wolf (DE)

The new groups will be installed during the upcoming EVS General Assembly on October 20th.

Values and CoronaVirus Crisis

What happened to human values during the outbreak of the Covid-19?

The Dutch team of EVS replicated EVS2017 questions to test stability or change of a well-selected set of opinions and values before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tim Reeksens, Quita Muis, Inge Sieben, Leen Vandecasteele, Ruud Luijkx, and Loek Halman rely on a unique longitudinal panel study whereby the Dutch fieldwork of the European Values Study 2017 web survey serves as a baseline; respondents were re-approached in May 2020.

The findings indicate that values remain largely stable. However, there is an increase in political support, confirming the so-called rally effect.

The results of this study has been published in the open access article “Stability or change of public opinion and values during the coronavirus crisis? Exploring Dutch longitudinal panel data” on European Societies.

EVS2017: What has been done to achieve good data quality?

In EVS good data quality is a priority aim. In EVS 2017, four main goals are at the core of the survey project management:

  1. Transparency for all partners involved in the survey (EVS planning groups, countries, users) and a good documentation of all internal processes of data processing and documentation so that the same standards and recommendations  apply not only to the first countries in the field but also to the last,
  2. Implementation of review rounds to make sure that only data and documents approved by the EVS teams and the EVS countries are published,
  3. Provision of a comprehensive documentation of the published data (guidelines, master/field questionnaires, method/variable/ harmonization reports, country-specific notes), which not only helps the users to explore the data but also shows how the recommendations and standards have been implemented  to allow an assessment of the data quality.
  4. Provision of the data as soon as possible via pre-releases. Even though the goal is to provide high data quality and good documentation already for the pre-release, this allows us to incorporate the researchers as reviewers and to improve the data step by step for the full release.  

Read more about how EVS pursued these goals in each phase of the life cycle of the EVS wave 2017 and access the full EVS2017 documentation.

Ruud Luijkx presents EVS in Yogyakarta

Ruud Luijkx was keynote speaker at the 4th International Conference of Social Science and Education in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 4-5 August 2020.

He presented the European Values Study project and the first results from the fifth wave of EVS.

The conferences focused on the them: RECONSTRUCTING MORAL, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS and offered the keynote speeches of Dr. Ruud Luijkx (Tilburg University), Prof. Dr. Komaruddin Hidayat (Professor of Phylosophy of Religion, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Indonesia), Prof. Brian Stout (Dean of School of Social Science, Western Sydney University).

Host:  Faculty of Social Sciences, Yogyakarta State University

Co-Host:

  1. Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ) 
  2. Universitas Negeri Malang (UM)
  3. Universitas Metro Lampung (UM Metro)
  4. Universiti Teknologi MARA  (UiTM)​
  5. Universitas Bunda Mulia (UBM)​
  6. Perkumpulan Prodi Pendidikan Sejarah Se-Indonesia​

EVS2017: Results in spain

Valores en la era de la incertidumbre: individualismos y solidaridades

The Spanish EVS team published the book “Valores en la era de la incertidumbre: individualismos y solidaridades”, edited by María Silvestre Cabrera (former EVS National Program Director in Spain).

The book focuses on the EVS2017 results in Spain, whose fieldwork took place between late 2017 and early 2018. It consists of almost one hundred questions on the values of citizenship, values that are grouped into large thematic dimensions of analysis: family, work, friendships, leisure, politics, religion, personal satisfaction and quality of life, attitudes towards migratory movements, social capital, social solidarity, identities, etc.
This fifth wave shows us a Spanish society that was beginning to feel the relief of the hardships of the economic crisis, but that had very close to its memory. This has meant that uncertainty and precariousness persist but, at the same time, hand in hand with an individualism that is based on the defence of free choice, new forms of solidarity have emerged that recognise the vulnerable person as being close to them, in a recognisable situation of which they are not to blame, which provokes empathy and social recognition. Individualism persists, even in times of uncertainty, but it is not alien to social solidarity. But it also shows us a dual Spain, which shares in a very unanimous way certain fundamental principles, such as support for democracy or the legitimacy of the welfare state, but which, in others, reminds us that this country has been trying for centuries to string together diverse identities, dual ideologies and a social stratification that is not quite egalitarian.

Content:

Introducción, María Silvestre Cabrera
Capítulo 1. Bienestar personal, asociacionismo y participación ciudadana, Ane Ferrán, Cinta Guinot y Bakarne Etxeberria
Capítulo 2. Familia, género y cambio social: un acercamiento a los valores familiares en el imaginario colectivo de la sociedad española, Raquel Royo, Lía González y Maialen Suárez
Capítulo 3. El valor del trabajo, Iratxe Aristegui, Usue Beloki y Estíbaliz Linares
Capítulo 4. El valor del ocio: significado y evolución, Joseba Doistua, Idurre Lazcano y Aurora Madariaga
Capítulo 5. Valores y creencias religiosas de los españoles, Manuel M. Urrutia
Capítulo 6. Los valores políticos de los españoles: actitudes políticas, confianza en instituciones, eficacia política y postmaterialismo, Edurne Bartolomé, Jone Goirigolzarri y Maite Aurrekoetxea
Capítulo 7. Preguntas de ayer, respuestas de mañana: confianza en el estado del bienestar y centralidad del cuidado, Felix Arrieta, Ainhoa Izaguirre y Martín Zuñiga
Capítulo 8. Capital social, solidaridad e identidades, Rafael Leonisio y María Silvestre
Capítulo 9. Actitudes y valores ante las personas migrantes, Patricia Espinosa, Mabel Segú y Edurne González
Capítulo 10. Evolución de los valores finalistas y principios éticos en España y Europa (2008-2017): ¿hemos cambiado?, Arantxa Rodríguez-Berrio, Emma Sobremonte y Amaia Mosteiro
Capítulo 11. Una tipología de la sociedad española en cuatro clústeres, Javier Elzo y Jon P. Laka
Aspectos metodológicos en torno a la oleada de 2017 de la Encuesta Europea de Valores, Rafael Leonisio y Edurne Bartolomé
Anexo. Cuestionario

EVS2017: fieldwork updates

Due to the COVID19 outbreak, some of the countries participating in EVS2017 had to postpone the fieldwork and are now following the steps to its preparation according to the EVS Methodological Guidelines. Portugal finished the data collection before the outbreak and the data is being processed to be included in the final release (October 2020).

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!  

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