The European Values Study  is part of the SERISS project (Synergies for Europe’s Research Infra-structures in the Social Sciences). SERISS is a four-year project (2016-2019) that aims to strengthen and harmonize social science research across Europe and involves the participation of five other research infra-structures (ESS-ERIC (Coord.), SHARE-ERIC, CESSDA, GGP and Wageindicator Survey).

As part of the SERISS project, EVS is involved in the development of research infrastructure for large scale surveys. One component with higher potential impact for the current data collection of EVS 2017 resides in developing web panel design using probability samples. This component helps in improving the web surveys’ methodology by combining the advantages provided by the data collection via web surveys with higher quality standards already established for other modes of data collection. The explicit objectives of the project are: i) To evaluate the feasibility of establishing the first cross-national probability-based web panel using the achieved sample from existing cross-sectional surveys; ii) To foreground a methodology for building new and efficient web-based survey infrastructures for Europe based on state of the art procedures and technology; iii) To develop a blueprint for a comparative probability-based web survey.


All the deliverables from the SERISS project can be downloaded here.


The European Values Study also agreed with the World Values Survey to collaborate in the data collection in Europe in 2017. Both organizations coordinated the questionnaire’s design and the overlap in the two questionnaires is about 70%. In Europe, the data collection will be coordinated by EVS according to the strict methodological guidelines prepared by EVS Methodology Group that are specifically adapted to the European context.



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The TRAPD method for survey translation

The translation of the questionnaire is a delicate phase for the European Values Study. Translations must ensure the comparability between countries, but also between waves of the EVS and of the World Values Survey (WVS). The EVS 2017 questionnaire was translated using the current best practice in survey…click for more details