A new Technopolis Group report assesses the academic, non-academic and teaching impact achieved through the European Social Survey (ESS-ERIC), which has been conducting a pan-European survey every two years since 2001.
The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than 30 nations, based on face-to-face interviews with cross-sectional samples. It was awarded European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status on 30 November 2013
The Technopolis Group study team examined academic resources and user statistics, sought out examples of non-academic use of data, interviewed stakeholders and surveyed data users. The report includes recommendations such as continued funding and consistent involvement of countries, and the addition of other European countries not yet involved in the ESS-ERIC.
The report found that the ESS-ERIC is highly regarded and offers high-quality data that is a critical academic resource for researchers across the social sciences. In addition, ESS data are used as a teaching resource, particularly for students learning about survey methodology and quantitative data analysis.
The impact study also found evidence of non-academic impact of ESS data. It has been used in many different policy and practice contexts to influence policy decisions and inform public and political debates. Examples include the Austrian Ministry for Social Affairs, the French governmental think tank, France Stratégie, the German Federal Government, and international organisations such as Eurofound, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the OECD.
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The full report is available online