The European Social Survey (ESS) is a pan-European research infrastructure providing freely accessible data for academics, policymakers, civil society and the wider public. It was awarded European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status in 2013.
A key aim of the ESS has always been to implement high quality standards in its methodology and to improve standards in the field of cross-national surveys more generally.
The methods used on the ESS are outlined in the Survey Specification:
Information about ESS methodology can be accessed be accessed via the flow diagram or main menu.