General information about the ESS
The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe since 2001. The ESS was awarded European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status in November 2013. It is directed by a Core Scientific Team led by Rory Fitzgerald from City, University of London (UK) alongside six other partner institutions:
- Centerdata, Netherlands
- GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germay
- Sikt - Norwegian Agency for Shared Services in Education and Research, Norway
- The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), Netherlands
- University of Essex, UK
- University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
The ESS measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations.
The main aims of the ESS are:
- to chart stability and change in the social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and to interpret how Europe’s social, political and moral fabric is changing,
- to achieve and spread higher standards of rigour in cross-national research in the social sciences, including for example, questionnaire design and pre-testing, sampling, data collection, reduction of bias and the reliability of questions,
- to introduce soundly-based indicators of national progress, based on citizens’ perceptions and judgements of key aspects of their societies,
- to undertake and facilitate the training of European social researchers in comparative quantitative measurement and analysis,
- to improve the visibility and outreach of data on social change among academics, policy makers and the wider public.