The European Social Survey Electronic Questionnaire Device (ESS EQD)

The European Social Survey is developing an electronic questionnaire device (ESS EQD) as part of the response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for face-to-face data collection.

The ESS EQD is a complement to investigations into other self-completion modes, such as web and paper. The idea behind the ESS EQD was to adapt an existing tablet in such a way that those who are unable or unwilling to complete a web survey could still answer the ESS using a digital device. They would receive the tablet either from a fieldworker on the doorstep or through the post, and would enter their responses into the tablet themselves. The device is being designed to ensure it can be used by those with little or no experience using computers or smartphones. In addition, the data can be captured in offline mode to ensure the ESS EQD can be used when there is no internet connectivity.

ESS is working with NatCen Social Research in the UK and CentERdata in the Netherlands to develop the prototype. Following initial usability testing in the Netherlands and Slovenia, acceptance testing will be conducted in Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, and the UK. The work is funded by the ESS ERIC General Assembly.