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New members of the Board of the EVS Foundation

The Board of the EVS Foundation has three new members. As of January 2020, Ruud Luijks, Vera Lomazzi, and Markus Quandt have been appointed as Board members.

The EVS Foundation is the highest legal authority of EVS. The Foundation aims at planning and promoting joint activities and offers assistance in fundraising for the EVS project. The EVS Foundation is directed by a Board whose tasks are to control contractual agreements, to initiate and mediate with funding agencies and to appoint members in the Executive Committee (nominated by Council of Program Directors). Current members of the Board are

Chair: Paul de Graaf

Secretary: Loek Halman

Member: Renata van Leeuwaarde-Martens, Vera Lomazzi, Ruud Luijkx, Markus Quandt

ANBI information and annual accounts of the Foundation can be found here.

Urgent message from GESIS-DAS

We received and forward GESIS’ message to the EVS data users.

“Dear users of the GESIS services DBK and SowiDataNet|datorium, You have registered for the GESIS services Data Catalogue (DBK) and SowiDataNet|datorium. Unfortunately, on Friday 2019-12-13 there was a hacking of the user database of DBK, which may have resulted in an unauthorized access to your account and account data (email address, name, and potentially your password and postal address). The services of the Data Catalogue and the repository SowiDataNet|datorium have been taken offline. Our data protection officer is involved and we are in contact with the responsible authorities.

A large part of the passwords is stored in encrypted form. If you use your password and email address for services other than the above, we strongly advise you to change your password.

We are currently securing the registration for the GESIS services DBK and SowiDataNet|datorium and we will inform you as soon as possible when this has been finalized. However, we currently cannot predict how long this will take. This applies as well for a relaunch of DBK and SowiDataNet|datorium. We will let you know as soon as the services will be available again.

We very much regret that you are affected and are working hard to remedy the consequences of the attack. If you have any questions or require further information, the following contacts are at your disposal: dataservices@gesis.org; https://www.gesis.org/en/contact

Your Data Services Team, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences”

10th LCSR International Workshop 6-10 April 2020

The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research of the National Research University Higher School of Economics announces a call for the 10th LCSR International Workshop, which will be held within the XXI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. It will take place in Moscow from the 6th till 10th of April 2020. The submission deadline is December 20, 2019.

Workshop topics include but are not limited to:

  • human values and cultural change
  • gender (in)equality and gender attitudes
  • subjective well-being and happiness
  • trust, social capital and corruption
  • tolerance, nationalism and migration
  • political regimes and institutions
  • populism and conservatism in Europe and Russia
  • value polarization in Europe and Russia
  • religion and secularization
  • cross-cultural data collection and analysis

Keynote speakers are:

Christian Welzel LCSR HSE, Russia; Leuphana University, Germany

Ronald F. Inglehart LCSR HSE, Russia; University of Michigan, USA

Hanspeter Kriesi LCSR HSE, Russia; European University Institute, Italy

Working language is English. The submission deadline is December 20, 2019. The notification of acceptance will be sent by January 20, 2020.

Please submit to lcsr.event@hse.ru the following documents:

  1. 2 pages Curriculum Vitae;
  2. 5 pages Project Description: title, abstract of 250 words, main goal, brief literature review, main hypotheses, data description, methodology and preliminary results (Template for Proposal)
  3. your application should meet the following requirements: (1) the paper should be empirical and comparative (more than 2-3 countries / country regions) using quantitative methods; (2) the topic of the paper should address one of the workshop’s topics or the topics of the LCSR.

The participation is free of charge. LCSR has an opportunity to cover travel and accommodation expenses for the best papers.

2020 CSDI Workshop

2020 Workshop of Comparative Survey Design and Implementation will be hosted by CDSP, the Center for Data and Methods of Sciences Po and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). The workshop will take place March 11th – March 13th at the Condorcet Campus, Paris, France. 

CSDI is now accepting individual abstracts. Below is a list of suggested topics.

The abstracts are due December 21, 2019.

  • Equivalency measures
  • Achieving comparability
  • Questionnaire development and testing
  • Translation, adaptation and assessment
  • Minimizing measurement error
  • Interviewer Effects
  • Sampling Innovations
  • Data collection challenges and solutions
  • Quality Control
  • Innovative uses of technology
  • Paradata use across the lifecycle
  • Metadata use
  • Comparative standard demographics
  • Data curation and dissemination
  • Comparative analyses 
  • Computational comparability measures

To submit your abstract (up to 300 words), please use this link: Submit Individual Abstract.

Key dates:

  • December 21, 2019 – Individual abstracts due (session organizers are responsible for ensuring their session participants submit individual abstracts)  
  • January 13, 2020 – Abstract notification sent and online registration opens
  • March 1, 2020 – Online registration closes
  • March 11 – March 13, 2020​ – CSDI Workshop​

The values ​​of the Finnish Swedes mapped

Parallel to the EVS2017 a special unique survey has been conducted among Swedish-speaking Finns. The synergies with the Central team of EVS and the observance of the EVS methodological guidelines allow scholars to benefit of additional data on values.

The values ​​of the Finnish Swedes have been mapped by researchers at the University of Helsinki in the comprehensive and unique study EVS Svensk Finland. For the first time, it is now possible to make direct comparisons between Finnish Swedes, other Finns and residents around Europe. EVS Sweden Finland is part of the European Values ​​Study (EVS) study that has been conducted regularly since 1981. The survey consists of about 300 questions that are sent out to the citizens of European countries every nine years, thus creating a material that can be compared over time and between countries. The data provides broad insights into Europeans’ values, opinions and attitudes regarding family life, work, environment, view of life, politics and society, religion and morality and national identity. The study was previously conducted in Finland, but only in Finnish and without Åland. Swedish-speaking Finns are thus under-represented in the Finnish EVS survey. Other surveys conducted in Swedish Finland often focus on the Finnish Swedes as an individual group, while EVS Svensk Finland is a unique study that places the Finnish Swedes in a broader context. The data collection was done in 2018–2019 among 3,600 Swedish-speaking Finns.

EVS Sweden Finland has been implemented by state scientists Åsa von Schoultz, Staffan Himmelroos and Isak Vento at the University of Helsinki, with funding from the Swedish Literary Society in Finland. The collected data will be available through the Finnish Social Science Data Archive in Tampere in early 2020. The information can also be obtained directly from the researchers. Data and documentation will be made also available through the GESIS Data Archive.

Original source of the post: https://www.sls.fi/sv/nyheter/finlandssvenskarnas-varderingar-kartlagda-i-unik-undersokning?fbclid=IwAR0VMsaijeWMLfGjRmrtt12NJ2eErmrGW-mR1UUVckESJXFMvIACKO70zbo

WAPOR 73rd Annual Conference 6-9.10.2020, Salamanca (Spain)

The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) will hold its 73rd Annual Conference together with the WAPOR Latin American (LATAM) Congress on 6-9 October 2020 in Salamanca, Spain. The WAPOR conference will convene before and overlap with the 9th LATAM Congress. The conference committee welcomes proposals on topics related to public opinion broadly, especially those related to the conference theme: “Public Opinion and Survey Research in Changing Times

WAPOR welcomes proposal submissions that deal with these and related issues, in one of four conference formats including: panels, round-table sessions, research papers and posters. The round tables will be broadcast live via online channels.

Relevant submissions that focus on all aspects of public opinion and survey research are encouraged. These topics include, but are not restricted to:

  • Public opinion and survey research
  • Survey research application
  • Public opinion and policymaking
  • Panel, longitudinal and national monitoring surveys in policymaking
  • New technologies and national surveys: challenges in the changing times
  • New sources of information on public opinion and the use of social media
  • Political behavior, participation and culture in survey research
  • Methodological challenges and improvements in the areas of sampling, measurement, survey design and survey response or non-response
  • Challenges of comparative research and International Survey Projects
  • Cross-cultural concerns in data collection and measurement issues
  • News, media, journalism and public opinion
  • Qualitative research in changing times
  • Big data, sentiment analysis and machine learning
  • Digitalization of societies and usage of new sources of information in survey research
  • Data visualization, new technologies and online surveys
  • Best practices for stakeholder research and expert surveys

Proposals for the conference, including the joint WAPOR/LATAM sessions on “Public Opinion and Survey Research,” should be submitted electronically by 10 January 2020. Only proposals submitted through WAPOR’s website will be considered.

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. To submit your proposal, please read the full call on the WAPOR website.

Call for submissions

Survey Methods: Insights from the Field launched the Call for Submission for the special issue on ” “Advancements in Online and Mobile Survey Methods”, sponsored by German Society for Online Research (DGOF).

Guest editors: Bella Struminskaya (Utrecht University and DGOF) & Florian Keusch (University of Mannheim and DGOF).

This special issue invites research articles of about 4,000 words. Topics on the advancement of the methodology of online and mobile surveys include, but are not limited to:

  • Coverage, sampling, nonresponse, measurement, adjustment, and weighting in online and mobile web surveys
  • Online panel quality and panel research
  • Survey design and survey gamification
  • Comparing online and mobile web surveys to traditional approaches (face to face, telephone, paper)
  • Use of paradata and passive measurement, including but not limited to, the research on consent and privacy
  • Combining self-reports from online and mobile surveys with data from other sources (e.g., passive mobile data collection through apps and sensors, social media data, administrative records)
  • Emergent forms of data collection, including chat-bots and survey messengers, voice recordings, photo and video upload, and others

Submissions to the special issue are welcome until 15 January 2020. The special issue will be published in October/November, 2020.

Read the full call for detailed information on submission and timeline.

EVS Workshop in Tbilisi

On 10-11 October GORBI hosted the First International workshop of EVS2017 in Tbilisi.

Selected authors gave presentations enlightening the potentialities of EVS2017 for substantive and methodological research making use of the pre-released data. Most of the presentations and videos are now available (page is constantly updated).

David Voas, Christian Welzel and Bart Meuleman enriched the workshop with their keynote contributions.

Are adult children owed to help their parents?

The Romanian Group for the Study of Social Values recently posted on its YouTube channel a podcast by Bogdan Voicu about the relationship of adult children – parents. The podcast is in Romanian but English subtitles are available.

Placing the discussion in the context of the so-called gratitude law initiative, Romanians’ views on helping parents are presented, using data collected during EVS 2018. The proposal was withdrawn, but the mere appearance of the initiative shows how relevant it is to discuss the topic in the Romanian space. EVS 2018 data brings information in this regard.

Almost 100 Romanian MPs initiated in early summer 2019 a law that was supposed to force adult children to take care of their parents. The law remained a simple unfollowed project. However, its mere existence makes the debate useful. The Romanian team of EVS contributes to the discussion, by providing basic information resulting from EVS 2018.

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