Where to get the data – Longitudinal file

Data access

Free of charge data and documentation download is provided by the GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences in Cologne.
GESIS Data Catalogue
supports direct access to data and documentation for download. For all EVS datasets, study descriptions are provided covering information on the origin of data, Version History, and Errata. A manual “How to download the European Values Study data from GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK) can be found here.
provides data and documentation for retrieval purposes and data exploration. It further assists users in identifying trend variables of all EVS waves and enables comparisons of original questions in survey languages of the third and fourth wave. Question and variable retrieval across survey series is supported by the ZACAT advanced field search Step-by-step-guide.

Terms and conditions

Data and documentation of EVS are customized according to the regulations on usage and charges of the GESIS Data Archive for the Social Sciences.
: 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. Your Data Catalogue account is valid for ZACAT sign-in and vice versa.

Information on Version History & Errata

For an overview of Version History & Errata, please go to the GESIS Data Catalogue, containing the Study Descriptions of each EVS dataset with information about 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 the GESIS Data Archive (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 Data Archive). Example: EVS (2015): European Values Study Longitudinal Data File 1981-2008 (EVS 1981-2008). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA4804 Data file Version 3.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.12253.

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