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European Social Survey ERIC

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European Social Survey ERIC

The European Social Survey European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ESS ERIC) is an academic cross-national survey measuring attitudes and behaviour. Every two years, up to 50,000 face-to-face interviews are conducted across Europe on a wide range of subjects. Since its implementation in 2002, over 425,000 interviews have been undertaken over nine rounds in 38 countries. All European Social Survey data is published anonymously, and made available for free for non-commercial use. As at 3 July 2020, over 160,000 people have registered to download or access the data online. This has led to the publication of 4,417 academic articles that analyse the data (2004-18). The development of the ESS was led by Professor Sir Roger Jowell and Professor Max Kaase at the European Science Foundation (ESF) in 1995.

The ESS became the first social science project to win the annual Descartes Prize for Excellence in Scientific Collaborative Research, awarded by the European Union, in 2005. Included on European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap in 2006, 2008 and 2010, the project was recognised as an ESFRI Landmark in 2016. In 2013, the ESS was awarded European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) status by the European Commission. The project was awarded the Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba (LPV) Dataset Award 2020 by the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).