English title: The European Social Survey: Contents, Design, and Research Potential

Author(s): Christian Schnaudt - Michael Weinhardt - Rory Fitzgerald - Stefan Liebig -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide a systematic overview and assessment of the contents, design and research potential of the European Social Survey (ESS). To this end, it outlines the contents of the first seven waves of the ESS, designates exemplary research designs and questions to be analysed with the individual- and contextual-level data provided by the ESS project, and provides information on how to obtain access to the ESS data. In addition, the article highlights the methodology employed by the ESS, giving particular emphasis to questionnaire design and development, sampling procedures, as well as fieldwork, data collection, and data processing. To exemplify the practical implications and challenges of applying the ESS methodology, it also presents a detailed account of the contents and implementation of the ESS in Germany. Furthermore, the article contains information about additional resources connected with the ESS, such as the ESS EduNet online tutorials or the ESS Bibliography. Finally, the article summarises the most important aspects of the ESS and highlights its research potential in comparison with other data sources.

Volume: 134

Issue: 4

From page no: 487

To page no: 506

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.3790/SCHM.134.4.487

Journal: Schmollers Jahrbuch