ESS6 - Rotating modules

Two Questionnaire Design Teams were selected for Round 6 following a Call for Proposals made in February 2010.

Personal and Social Well-being

Abstract

An explicit aim of the European Union is to evaluate the success of European countries at promoting the well-being of their citizens. This requires systematic and detailed national well-being accounts for all EU countries. These will allow exploration of different political and social policies and contexts on the levels of well-being experience by citizens. Crucially, this relies on repeated measurements of the different facets of well-being. The proposal therefore makes the case for repeating, in Round 6 of the ESS, the Well-being Module first implemented in Round 3. Growing policy interest in the measurement of well-being in general, and specifically in the findings from the previous module, indicates that there is an enthusiastic audience for the repeat measures which this would provide. We propose to retain many of the key features of the module's design, including the emphasis on both personal and social well-being, while strengthening its conceptual underpinning by tying it to the policy-relevant dynamic model of well-being. We will include new items to improve measurement of some existing concepts, incorporate a new validated scale of positive well-being, and include questions to explore developments in the evidence base on well-being promoting behaviours.

The design process for the development of the Personal and Social Well-being module for ESS Round 6 was fully documented using a question design template. The final module design template shows the actual questions included in Round 6 as well as information about the concept that each question measures.

The team:

 

Europeans' understandings and evaluations of democracy

Abstract

There are major concerns in our days on the apparent dissatisfaction that affects most of the European democracies and its causes. However, unitl now, no study has provided us with specific data on citizens' particular attitudes towards democracy. The proposed module concerns Europeans' persceptions of democracy and shall address these limitations. First, we shall bring clarity to the often used indicators of support for and satisfaction with democracy. Second, we shall create individual-level indicators designed to permit comparison with the existing macro-level indices on the quality of democracy. Thirdly, we shall be able to tackle the causes of dissatisfaction and the effects of democratic attitudes on people's political behaviour. In order to do this, we shall focus our analysis on a) people's beliefs and expectations about what a democracy should be, and b) people's evaluations of their own democracies.

The design process for the development of the Europeans' understandings and evaluations of democracy module for ESS Round 6 was fully documented using a question design template. The final module design template shows the actual questions included in Round 6 as well as information about the concept that each question measures.

The team: