The Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2021 Dataset has been constructed in close collaboration of the European Value Study (EVS) and the World Value Survey (WVS).
The first release includes data of altogether 79 countries and territories: 34 from the EVS 2017 and 49 from the WVS7. Four of these countries conducted surveys in both studies EVS and WVS.
Starting from the common core questions agreed during the design phase of both surveys, it includes about 230 variables which have been standardized and harmonized on the basis of the EVS/WVS Common Dictionary.
The identical version of data and documentation of the Joint EVS/WVS is accessible through two channels:
The Austrian team of EVS launched a new project “Values – Zoom” aimed at presenting selected Austrian results in the in an international comparison: concise, informative and hopefully interesting for readers.
The series concerns several topics including trust in institutions, interpersonal trust, religiosity, family values. The series, published in local language, is available on this webpage.
The thirtieth anniversary of the political transformation is an excellent moment to take stock of the changes in attitudes and values of our society. Such an opportunity was created by the long-term participation of the Polish team in the international European Values Study (EVS). Repeated every nine years on representative samples of Poles offers a unique opportunity to follow the changes taking place in their consciousness.
In this book we set ourselves the task of systematically reconstructing the process of evolution of values in Polish society. We then ask to what extent its direction is consistent with the overarching goal of the systemic transformation, which was to build a liberal-democratic social order. We also try to answer the question what are the social sources of political divisions in contemporary Poland by analyzing arguments in favor of different hypotheses explaining the phenomenon of populism and proposing an additional hypothesis of ‘banks of anger’.
In the analysis we use not only data from the EVS questionnaire survey, but also information obtained from focused group interviews, in-depth individual interviews and fragments of the analysis of selected social media content. from the Introduction
The analyses and the presentation are carried out in a fair and clear way. And above all, they produce interesting results. Among them, the following can be pointed out:
The visible secularization of Polish society over time,
Continued relatively weak interest in politics,
The small role of traditional socio-demographic factors in defining right-wing and left-wing society. (from a review by prof. dr hab. Andrzej Rychard)
The authors’ efforts to interweave the description of captured statistical relationships with the analysis of qualitative material should be appreciated. Sometimes qualitative descriptions are only illustrations of slings reconstructed statistically in trends, at other times they provide an understanding of the mechanisms behind them, at other times they suggest other interpretative possibilities. (from a review by dr hab. Przemysław Sadura)
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 Data (ZA7502) includes data from about 10.500 respondents and the four countries (DE, IS, CH, NL) that applied the matrix design. Please consult the documentation describing the concept behind the composition of the two EVS 2017 integrated datasets (GESIS Papers Guide to mixed-mode approach and matrix design).
The EVS2017 Integrated Dataset – Sensitive Data (ZA7501) contains data that could not be included in the SUF because of data protection concerns. Due to the sensitive nature of the data, its use is subject to specific contractual regulations. The contract allowing for off-site access can be downloaded here.
In addition and due to their specific samples, individual datasets will be released in the context of EVS2017.
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).
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.
In EVS good data quality is a priority aim. In EVS 2017, four main goals are at the core of the survey project management:
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,
Implementation of review rounds to make sure that only data and documents approved by the EVS teams and the EVS countries are published,
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.
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.