Data Downloads

Data access

Free of charge data and documentation download is provided by the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Cologne.
GESIS Data Catalogue
supports direct access to data and documentation for download. Study descriptions are provided for all EVS datasets and include information on the origin of the data, version history, and errata.
ZACAT provides data and documentation for retrieval purposes and data exploration. It further assists users in identifying trend variables of all EVS waves.

Terms and conditions

Data and documentation of EVS are customized according to the regulations on usage and charges of GESIS.
: Users of data from both systems, GESIS Data Catalogue, and ZACAT, need to sign in with a username (e-mail address) and password. New users have to register first. The Data Catalogue account is valid for ZACAT sign-in and vice versa.

Information on Version History & Errata

An overview of the version history & errata can be found in the GESIS data catalogue, which contains the study descriptions of the individual EVS datasets with information on updates, errors, and error corrections (patches).
: To get as error-free datasets as possible, we are thankful for your help. If you find mistakes in the datasets or documentation of EVS surveys, please let us know by sending a short e-mail to the EVS at Tilburg University (e-mail) or to the EVS team at GESIS (e-mail).

Bibliographic citation of EVS data

Publications based on EVS data should acknowledge this by means of a bibliographic citation. To ensure that such source attributions are captured for social science bibliographic utilities, citations must appear in the footnotes or in the reference section of publications (Ref.: Recommendation on citation of research data, GESIS).

Example: EVS (2020): European Values Study Longitudinal Data File 1981-2008 (EVS 1981-2008). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4804 Data file Version 3.1.0,

News about EVS data and documentation

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