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European Social Survey Infrastructure - Improving Social Measurement in Europe

Researchers (1)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  11258  PhD Brina Malnar  Sociology  Head  2006 - 2011  319 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  40,383 
Abstract
The European Social Survey (ESS) was set up in 2001 having been initiated by the European Science Foundation (ESF). Its design and co-ordination over three biennial rounds has been supported by the Commission under three separate Calls. A time series, the ESSs main aims are - to provide reliable data on attitude change within Europe, to improve the rigour of European quantitative measurements, and to promote the adoption of attitudinal indicators of societal progress. The aim of this infastructure is to improve, expand and integrate the diverse networks and infrastructures already involved in the ESS, providing wider access to its data and protocols, and to achieve a sustained improvement in European quantitative social science. The importance of this project is that an integrated Europe depends on consistently high standards of social measurement within and between its member nations. Indeed, a stated ambition of the ERA is for the EU to lead the world in research excellence. Now that the ESS has led the way in rigorous standards of research, this infastructure iniative aims to ensure the routine achievement of such standards and to demonstrate the utility of high quality cross-cultural data to the causes of academia and better governance. The infrastructure at the heart of the project, on which we wish to build, is the considerable body of data in the ESS Archives, together with the well-structured organisation of scholars and practitioners closely engaged in the enterprise. It is an ideal launch pad for knowledge transfer, training and methodological advance, and the considerable investment in the ESS by some 25 European funding bodies needs to obtain appropriate dividends. Such returns depend on this infastructure iniative to improve, sustain and integrate the range of impressive infrastructures already involved in the ESS, helping them to combine ranks more effectively to the mutual advantage of one another and of European social science.
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