A new electronic fieldwork management system (FMS) for the European Social Survey (ESS) has been developed under SERISS. The FMS aims to provide all ESS stakeholders with access to standardised, timely and accurate information with which to monitor fieldwork progress across countries throughout the fieldwork period. Additional funding for this tool was provided by the ESS ERIC.
The Questionnaire Design and Development Tool (QDDT) is an interactive and dynamic web-based tool, developed to assists researchers to document and retrieve information on the complex process of designing a cross-national survey. The tool is open source, available online for download for all.
The Question Variable Database (QVDB) is a system for the storage and retrieval of questions and variables, facilitating reuse of their metadata and metadata components. The overall aim of the QVDB is to serve the European Social Survey (ESS), and potentially other survey programmes, in the specifying, documenting, versioning and disseminating survey data. An important part of the QVDB is to make the survey questions and variables available, searchable and re-usable for the wider research community.
surveycodings.org is a free service for survey projects, data archives and researchers measuring and coding socio-economic background variables. It provides questionnaires, data collection tools, coding frames and datasets based on standard statistical classifications for a large number of countries and languages for the following variables: industry, occupation, educational attainment, employment status, socio-economic status, and social networks.
The Survey Management Portal (SMaP) is an online platform developed through SERISS. It provides a virtual working environment for national survey teams and various stakeholders working together on international survey projects. SMaP was designed to facilitate project communication and project management and improve the monitoring and documentation of the entire survey life cycle. For the first pilot project, myEVS was developed and adapted for use during the most recent round of the European Values Study (EVS 2017/18).
The Translation Management Tool (TMT) was originally developed for the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE ERIC). Under SERISS, the TMT has been adapted to support other large scale studies that need to translate survey questionnaires including the European Social Survey (ESS), European Values Study (EVS) and the Generations and Gender Programme (GGP). The TMT has been developed so it can be easily adapted for other projects.
The Variable Harmonization Hub (VHH) allows users to discover or create variable recoding and harmonization documentation within or for an online library. It means that users can search for and retrieve recoding and harmonization documentation and upload their own documentation that will be peer-reviewed, archived and preserved for use by others.