Looking ahead to ESRA 2017

14/07/17

The European Social Survey (ESS) will feature in a number of sessions being held at the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) 2017 conference in Lisbon, Portugal, next week (17-21 July).

Five sessions will be chaired by Salima Douhou (ESS HQ) focusing on interviewer effects research - a number of the papers that will be presented within the sessions concentrating on the ESS. The first of these will take place from 9am in the morning of Tuesday 18 July.

Another early session on Tuesday will focus on open access data available from large European and national surveys. This will include a presentation from ESS HQ, who will present an overview of ESS datasets and how to view or download them online.

Later on Tuesday morning, Seppo Laaksonen from the University of Helskini will introduce his paper researching happiness levels in transition countries using the ESS and World Value Survey (WVS).

Interviewer effects in the ESS will be examined in a paper presented by Celine Wuyts of core scientific team (CST) partner, KU Leuven (University of Leuven) on Tuesday morning from 11am.

The national team in Ireland introduced a Polish-language version of the survey for Round 8 of the ESS - they will present their findings on Tuesday afternoon from 2pm.

A paper, using ESS to show how a depression gender gap is smaller in more gender equal countries, will be presented by Malgorzata Mikucka (Université Catholique de Louvain) from 4pm on Tuesday.

A paper written by Uwe Warner and Jürgen Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik (University of Giessen) will argue that there should be two separate survey questions when it comes to the variable of education. The paper will be presented from 9am on Wednesday 19 July.

A session organised by Kathrin Thomas on Wednesday morning will introduce five papers from a range of scholars that focus on studying comparative survey research methodology using ESS data.

ESS Deputy Director, Eric Harrison, will convene a double session on Wednesday (starting at 11am and 4pm), chairing presentations on (semi)-automated solutions to measuring and coding complex survey items such as education, ethnicity, occupation and labour market situation.

From 11am, Michael Weinhardt from the University of Bielefeld will present his paper assessing the impact of late respondents on data quality in the German sample in the ESS.

Also at 4pm on Wednesday, a paper by Ineke Stoop and Joost Kappelhof (SCP - The Netherlands Institute for Social Research) as well as Achim Koch (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) brings together two CST partners. Their paper promises to offer an overview of quality and comparability aims of the ESS as well as quality control and assessment tools.

A paper by Andre Pirralha and Wiebke Weber of CST organisation, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) - due to be presented at 4pm - will assess measurement equivalence of the political efficacy construct.

At 11am on Thursday 20 July, a paper by Øyvin Kleven (Statistics Norway) and Kristen Ringdal (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) will show how administrative register data provides an opportunity to study the impact of measurement errors in surveys.

On Thursday morning at 11am, Julia Harand (Institute for Applied Social Sciences) will explain whether the introduction of interviewer-based additional incentives increased ESS response rates in Germany.

A paper written by Caroline Vandernplas (KU Leuven) and Alexandru Cernat (University of Manchester) aimed to detect social desirability answering patterns in Round 7 of the ESS. It will be presented to ESRA in the late morning session on Thursday.

On Thursday, a paper written by Harry Ganzeboom, of VU University Amsterdam, aims to show how the coding of parental occupations was accomplished and how to test the quality of the coded information.

A paper exploring the usefulness of data fusion when employing matrix designs in surveys - co-authored by Dimitri Prandner and Johann Bacher from Johannes Kepler University of Linz - will be presented in a late afternoon session on Thursday.

The Polish Academy of Sciences’ Zbigniew Sawiński will present a paper at 9am on Friday 21 July that looked at the result of additional efforts put to reach traditionally reluctant respondents in Poland during the ESS Round 7.

From 1pm, Michael Weinhardt (Bielefeld University) will introduce a paper that assesses the German national team’s communication efforts targeting respondents and the general public in Germany.

A paper by the ESS national team for Poland will focus on an experiment conducted in 2015, where postal and web-based initial contact with respondents was follow up with face-to-face interviews to help improve response rates. This will also be held from 1pm.

The ESS team will be available throughout the conference at its exhibition stand where you will be able to get copies of ESS publications and receive online tutorials showing how to access our data.

Other sessions about the ESS-led SERISS cluster project can be found on the SERISS website.

The full ESRA programme is available online.

The full list of ESS-related sessions included in this article can be found below.

Tuesday 18 July

9-10.30am (Room: N AUD5) - It’s the Interviewers! New developments in interviewer effects research 1 (session). Chair Salima Douhou (ESS HQ, City, University of London).

9-10.30am (Room: N 101) - The European Social Survey: a data resource for all. Rory Fitzgerald, Luca Salini, Stefan Swift (ESS HQ, City, University of London).

11am-12.30pm (Room: F2 109) - Comparing the World Value Survey and the European social survey. Case study: happiness in European countries with transition since 1990. Seppo Laaksonen (University of Helsinki).

11am-12.30pm (Room: N AUD5) - It’s the Interviewers! New developments in interviewer effects research 2 (session). Chair Salima Douhou (ESS HQ, City, University of London).

11am-12.30pm (Room: Q2 AUD1 CGD) - Interview speed, interviewer experience and the fieldwork process. Celine Wuyts, Caroline Vandenplas and Geert Loosveldt (KU Leuven).

2-3.30pm (F2 106) - The introduction of a polish language survey to the Irish European Social Survey, Round 8. Amy E Healy, Siobhán Howard and Brendan O'Keeffe (Mary Immaculate College, UL)

2-3.30pm (Room: N AUD5) - It’s the Interviewers! New developments in interviewer effects research 3 (session). Chair Salima Douhou (ESS HQ, City, University of London).

4-5.30pm (Room: F2 105) - Gender inequality and the gender gap in depression. Malgorzta Mikucka (Université Catholique de Louvain).

4-5.30pm (Room: N AUD5) - It’s the Interviewers! New developments in interviewer effects research 4. Chair: Salima Douhou (ESS, City, University of London).

Wednesday 19 July

9-10.30am (Room: N AUD5) - It’s the Interviewers! New developments in interviewer effects research 5 (session). Chair Salima Douhou (ESS HQ, City, University of London).

9-10.30am (Room: Q4 ANF3) - Measuring ‘education’ in interviews of cross-national social surveys with an emphasis on comparative research. Uwe Warner and Jürgen H.P. Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik (University of Giessen).

11am-12.30pm (Room: N 101) - Comparative Survey Research Methodology Using the European Social Survey (session). Katrin Thomas and Rainer Schnell (City, University of London).

11am-12.30pm (Room: N 101) - The impact of formal question characteristics on design effects in the ESS. Kathrin Thomas

11am-12.30pm (Room: N 101) - Comparing the quality of fieldwork execution of individual-name, household and address samples using internal criteria - comparative analysis based on European Social Survey data. Piotr Jabkowski and Piotr Cichocki (University of Poznan).

11am-12.30pm (Room: N 101). Effects of the Number of Contact attempts on survey quality and costs in the European Social Survey. Tanja Kunz (Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) and Marek Fuchs (Darmstadt University of Technology).

11am-12.30pm (Room: Q2 AUD1 CGD) - Assessing the impact of late respondents on data quality in the German sample of the European Social Survey. Michael Weinhardt (Bielefeld University).

11am-12.30pm (Room: Q4 ANF3) - Measuring and Coding Complex Items: (Semi-) Automated Solutions 1 (session). Chair: Eric Harrison (City, University of London).

2-3.30pm (Ground floor New Building) - Interviewer and Area Effects in the European Social Survey (poster). Koen Beullens (KU Leuven), Stefan Zins (GESIS), Joost Kappelhof (SCP), Geert Loosveldt (KU Leuven).

4-5.30pm (Room: N 101) - Quality targets and quality control in the European Social Survey. Ineke Stoop and Joost Kappelhof (SCP) and Achim Koch (GESIS).

4-5.30pm (Room: Q4 ANF2) - Assessing political efficacy comparability: measurement invariance and correction for measurement effort. Andre Pirralha and Wiebke Weber (UPF).

4-5.30pm (Room: Q4 ANF3) - Measuring and Coding Complex Items: (Semi-) Automated Solutions 2 (session). Chair: Eric Harrison (ESS HQ, City, University of London).

Thursday 20 July

11am-12.30 (Room: F2 102) - Level of education - measuring the quality of questions in survey interviews by administrative records on educational experiences from the Norwegian European Social Survey 2004-2014. Øyvin Kleven (Statistics Norway) and Kristen Ringdal (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

11am-12.30pm (Room: N 101) - What if the interviewer decides: effects of interviewer-based additional incentives for response enhancement in the German sub-study of the European Social Survey (ESS). Julia Harand (Institute for Applied Social Sciences).

11am-12.30pm (Room: Q4 ANF2) - Latent classes analysis to detect social desirability answering patterns: An application to the 7th round of the European Social Survey. Caroline Vandenplas (KU Leuven) and Alexandru Cernat (University of Manchester).

11am-12.30 (Room: Q4 ANF3) - Coding and scaling of parental occupation in the European Social Survey R1-R7. Harry B.G. Ganzeboom (VU University Amsterdam).

4-5.30pm (Room: N 101) - How useful is data fusion when employing matrix designs in surveys? Illustrating potential benefits and limitation using the Austrian and European Social Survey. Dimitri Prandner and Johann Bacher (Johannes Kepler University of Linz).

Friday 21 July

9-10.30am (Room: N AUD4) - Chasing the reluctant respondents: Experience from the European social survey. Zbigniew Sawiński (Polish Academy of Sciences).

1-2.30pm (Room: N AUD4) - Communication strategies in the German sample of the European Social Survey. Michael Weinhardt and Jule Adriaans (Bielefeld University).

1-2.30pm (Room: F2 108). Do face-to-face interviews used in Mixed Mode design improve the sample composition? Pawel B. Sztabinski and Franciszek Sztabinski (Polish Academy of Sciences).