Survey 1999

Dataset version: Release v3.0.0 as of November 2011, Study No. 3811, doi:10.4232/1.10789
For an overview of the 33 countries/regions included, click here.
Documentation: Update, June 2013

Access to data and documentation

Data and Documentation: Overview of data and documentation provided on the Integrated Dataset
Participating countries and country information: Overview of documentation provided on the national datasets

Participating countries and study design

The preparations for the 1999 study started during the nineties. Building on the knowledge of the two previous waves, a new questionnaire was designed, taking into account various new issues which have emerged in several life spheres. For that purpose, four substantive research groups were established covering the broad domains of life and main themes in the questionnaire: religion and morality, politics, work and leisure, and primary relations.

The survey is administered in 33 countries/regions: Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany (East/West), Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine.
For an overview of countries participating in several EVS waves, click here.

Representative multi-stage random samples of the adult population of the country 18 years old and older were drawn. Face-to-face interviews with a standardized questionnaire were conducted between 1999-2001.

The tasks of the four substantive research groups were to develop theories, concepts, and suggestions for particular items to be included in the questionnaire of 1999. Each research or working group consists of experts on the domain at issue. The coordinators or leaders decided upon group membership and (eventually) invited others to join the research group. Apart from these substantive groups, a methodology group was established. The task of this group was to reach a consensus on the themes and items in the questionnaire, identify problems of comparability, plan the survey, make recommendations on socio-demographic background variables, take care of the quality of the data, etc.

The composition of the board of the Foundation changed in the nineties, and the secretariat moved from Amsterdam to WORC at Tilburg University (the secretary is Loek Halman). During the preparatory and executive stages of the project, the Foundation’s board members were: Pieter Drenth – chair (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam), Roger Dillemans (University of Leuven), Chris Geppaart (Tilburg University) and Jan Kerkhofs (University of Leuven).

For more information on survey design and standards of EVS 1999, go to Methods and sample.