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Joint EVS/WVS 2017-2021 Dataset

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:

Werte – Zoom

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.

Values in Poland: New Book

Edited by Mirosława MARODY and with contribution by Joanna KONIECZNA-SAŁAMATIN, Maja SAWICKA, Sławomir MANDES, Grażyna KACPROWICZ, Krzysztof BULKOWSKI, and Jerzy BARTKOWSKI, the new book SPOŁECZEŃSTWO NA ZAKRĘCIE. Zmiany postaw i wartości Polaków w latach 1990–2018 (SOCIETY IN A BEND Changes in attitudes and values of Poles between 1990-2018) includes studies on value change in Poland.

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)

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 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.

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.

Newly elected Chair: Edurne Barolome Peral

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.

Newly elected Chair: Ruud Luijkx

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​

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