SERISS representative:

Rory Fitzgerald

SERISS Coordinator and

Director, ESS ERIC

The European Social Survey (ESS) is an academically driven cross-national survey that has been conducted every two years across Europe since 2001.

The survey measures the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of diverse populations in more than thirty nations. The main aims of the ESS are to:

  • Chart stability and change in social structure, conditions and attitudes in Europe and to interpret how Europe’s social, political and moral fabric is changing
  • Achieve and spread higher standards of rigour in cross-national research in the social sciences, including for example, questionnaire design and pre-testing, sampling, data collection, reduction of bias and the reliability of questions
  • Introduce soundly-based indicators of national progress, based on citizens’ perceptions and judgements of key aspects of their societies
  • Undertake and facilitate the training of European social researchers in comparative quantitative measurement and analysis
  • Improve the visibility and outreach of data on social change among academics, policy makers and the wider public

Data from the survey are freely available to download for non-commercial use from the ESS website.

In late 2013 the ESS became a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). ESS ERIC currently has 16 member countries and two observer countries.

ESS ERIC is responsible for the overall strategic coordination and day-to-day management of the project. It leads on WP3: Maximising equivalence through translation and WP7: A survey future online. It is involved in all other work packages.