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:
- operate a Research Infrastructure providing high quality data measuring change (and stability) over time within and between European countries in their living conditions, social structure, public opinion and attitudes;
- practise and promote the highest scientific standards in cross-national comparative research in the social sciences;
- continue the development of ESS infrastructure through ongoing methodological research and innovation;
- facilitate training in the effective use of ESS data;
- ensure the visibility, accessibility and reach of ESS data among researchers in the social sciences and beyond, policy makers and the wider public, at both the national and international level.