Building on the good cooperation developed within the context of the SERISS project, the project ESS-SUSTAIN II project, led by the European Social Survey, includes a work package aiming at exploring closer collaboration between the two survey programmes.

In particular, it explores the possibilities for a partnership to consider whether EVS core questions could be included in ESS data collection. This will include the development of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the ESS and EVS.

At the time being, ongoing activities concern exploring the comparison of questionnaire items included in both surveys and the draft of a potential Values module, developed by the EVS Standing Group, to be surveyed through the ESS infrastructure.

The research work on compatibility and feasibility of this possibility, including the preservation of the EVS Trend series, will be object of discussion and approval of the EVS Council of Program Directors and EVS Executive Committee.

The ESS-SUSTAIN (grant agreement number 676166), ESS-SUSTAIN-2 began in January 2020 and will run until 30 June 2023.

The project is being coordinated by the ESS and includes 16 other partners based across Europe. These are CentERdata (The Netherlands); Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary); Institute for Advance Studies (IHS) (Austria); Institute of Social Sciences (Serbia); Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences (Czechia); Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven) (Belgium); NatCen Social Research (United Kingdom); National Institute for Public Policy Analysis (INAPP) (Italy); Sciences Po (France); Tilburg University (The Netherlands); Umeå University (Sweden); University of Belgrade (Serbia); University of Iceland (Iceland); University of Lisbon (Portugal); University of Milan (Italy); and University of Turku (Finland).

More information is available on the ESS website.