Data and Documentation

Overview of the datasets

During recent decades, Europe was exposed to remarkable dynamics of simultaneously growing together and falling apart: the traffic of goods, services, and labour between states and regions, within and outside Europe, increased. The European Union was enlarged as a geographical, political, and social unit, and cultural barriers seem to be declining. At the same time, European societies have been challenges by consequential crises: the banking and financial crisis, the economic crisis, and the recession, with the austerity measures imposed, and the refugee’s crises. How these societal changes are affecting human values?

With the addition of the fifth wave, conducted between 2017 and 2020, the EVS is a unique source of trend data for the last four decades, allowing scholars for investigating the most urgent research questions concerning the values domain of religiosity and morality, politics, family and gender roles, national and European identity, environment, solidarity, and social cohesion.

Many of the questions have been surveyed since earlier waves. This allows the analysis of changes over time in key dimensions of the EVS. Furthermore, a large number of questions are included in the World Values Survey (WVS) surveys from 1981 to 2021, enabling therefore worldwide analyses.

The collaboration with the WVS and the engagement in the SERISS project are crucial aspects of the development of the fifth wave of EVS, together with the strengthens of the methodology standards and practices implemented.

The figure below describes the data products currently available for the EVS as well as the additional datasets resulting from the collaboration with the WVS. For methodological information on each data product, as well as access to the data and documentation, please see the website links below.

The range of possible research questions is very wide and can include any of the topics covered by the EVS. Data users can either use the current EVS 2017 dataset alone or in conjunction with previous EVS waves. They can either look at a specific country alone or in comparison with other European countries (EVS) or even worldwide (WVS).

Access to cross-sectional and time series data

•            EVS cross-sectional data: EVS 2017 wave

•            EVS/WVS cross-sectional data: Joint EVS/WVS dataset 2017-2021

•            EVS time series: EVS Trend File 1981-2020

•            EVS/WVS time series: Integrated Values Surveys 2017-2021

•            Previous EVS cross-sectional data: Previous EVS waves 1981-2008