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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!  

CfP: Changing values in a changing world?

The Italian team of EVS/WVS launched a call for papers for the special issue of the Italian journal “Quaderni di Sociologia

This call for papers aims at gathering methodologically high quality, theoretically based contributions using the EVS-WVS data. The call asks for a special emphasis on Italy and the 2018 round: comparative and longitudinal contributions are welcome. While the editors are interested in all the EVS-WVS topics, they especially aim at collecting papers that address the following themes.

Editors: Ferruccio Biolcati Università degli Studi di Milano, Giancarlo Rovati Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Paolo Segatti Università degli Studi di Milano).

Data available via GESIS Data Search (EVS2017 ; EVS 1981-2008)

Timeline:

Abstracts of 500 words accompanied by 5 keywords should be submitted to ferruccio.biolcati@unimi.it, giancarlo.rovati@unicatt.it (cc: paola.borgna@unito.it) by June 30, 2020.

Authors will be notified by the editors concerning the selection of the articles by July 31, 2020.

The deadline for the submission of the full version of the articles is January 31, 2021. Articles of maximum 50.000 characters and written in English or Italian should follow the journal guidelines (https://journals.openedition.org/qds/496).

Communication concerning the peer‐review process will be provided by April 30, 2021. Authors will submit their final versions by July 31, 2021. Publication on issue 1/2022.

For any further information, please contact the editors.

EVS data download is back online

EVS data, as well as data from more than 6,000 social sciences studies, can be again accessed and downloaded.

The GESIS data download is back online. Data can be found via the GESIS Search (https://search.gesis.org) and downloaded with all documentation and materials after registration and login. This requires a registration and login under https://login.gesis.org. As before, access to more sensitive research data can be granted upon request. More information on GESIS website.

Here is a direct link to the dataset and documentation of the most recent version of EVS2017.

Kick-off meeting of the EVS Standing Group

The Standing Group brings together experts on value research both on substantive and methodological issues combining the expertise of senior scholars and younger researchers.  Aiming at renewing the EVS leading bodies in the future, the functioning of the Standing Group builds on the interactions between new involved members and the existing EVS bodies. The group includes 4 members with currently leading roles in the EVS and 10 additional EVS members, who raised the interest of being more involved in the EVS project and showed their engagement in previous EVS activity in combination with good records in scientific publications on value research. The current main tasks of the Standing Group are:

  • Evaluation of the EVS2017 questionnaire, taking into account substantive and methodological issues
  • Identify the “CORE” of the EVS questionnaire
  • Support the development of the SUSTAIN II project by providing timely the inputs required
  • Ask advice to the Theory Group and Methodology Group on substantive/methodological issues

With the kick-off meeting on April 14th, 2020, the Standing Group started its activity.

Co-Chairs: Ruud Luijkx (current Chair of MG); Vera Lomazzi (current Secretary of EC)

Members: Frédéric Gonthier  (FR); Morten Frederiksen  (DK); Natalia Soboleva  (RU); Susanne Wallman-Lundåsen (SE); Inge Sieben (NL); Gergely Rosta (HU); Guðbjörg Andrea Jónsdóttir (IS); Michael Ochsner  (CH); Bogdan Voicu (RO); Ferruccio Biolcati Rinaldi (IT); David Voas (current Chair of TG); Loek Halman (current Chair of EC).

EVS2017: data release postponement

Although the EVS teams in Tilburg and Cologne were able to move their work to home office relatively well, the challenges associated with the Coronavirus outbreak led to a loss of efficiency in the first few weeks.

It seems very difficult to meet the planned deadline for the EVS 2017 Full data release, which is very complex in terms of data and documentation. Therefore, the final release is postponed until early October.

At the same time, however, to make the current data available for research, a third (slim) pre-release will be available on 27 May 2020.

This EVS pre-release will include data from North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina. In addition and due to their specific samples, individual datasets for Greece and the Swedish minority in Finland will be published in the context of EVS 2017 (30 + 5 countries). Finally, it will contain all new variables planned for the full release.

The new dataset structure (Main data file and Add-on Matrix data file) will already be applied. That is, we provide the ‘average user’ with a ready-to-use main mixed mode/matrix design data file (full cases only), where no selection of cases nor merging datasets is necessary, and with adequate sample sizes in each country. And provide the ‘expert user’ with an additional matrix design data file containing information and cases on the matrix ‘experiment’ (no follow-up, follow-up refusal, break-off cases), that could be useful for methodological research.

The Full release, in early October, will additionally include data from Portugal and (depending on the impact of coronavirus on fieldwork and on data quality) Luxembourg, Ukraine, and Latvia. Furthermore, there will be individual datasets for Turkey, Romanian-Hungary, and Malta.

It will include the following comprehensively documented datasets

Main data file

Add-on:  Matrix data file

Add-on:  Additional country-specific variables

Add-on: Sensitive data

Full release: 35 countries in 3rd pre-release + 7 new countries (probably not all possible until early Oct)

IDS Full release: 37 integrated and 5 individual datasets (probably not all possible until early Oct)

EVS Bibliography – New Edition

An up-to-date version of the EVS Bibliography is now online.

It includes 2161 Entries:
1117 Article (Journal Articles)
252 Book
532 InCollection (Book Chapters)
49 Inproceedings (Conference Papers)
54 PhDThesis (Dissertations)
33 Mastersthesis (Master’s Theses)
104 TechReport (Working Paper)
20 Miscellaneous

Is your EVS publication not in the EVS Bibliography?
Please send us an email at evs.bibliography@gesis.org with the bibliographic information on your publication (title, author(s), year of publication, journal or publisher, online resources).

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