The implementation of the 10th round of the European Social Survey (ESS) has started this year – Slovakia has been participating for the seventh time. In Slovakia, the survey is coordinated by a team from the Institute of Social Sciences, a part of the Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. The national coordinators are Denisa Fedáková and Michal Kentoš.
ESS is a state-of-the-art survey that relies on methodological accuracy. It maps the attitudes of Europeans to current social, political, economic and extraordinary topics. Now, undoubtedly, this is the COVID-19 pandemic. This emergency immediately brought measures in the form of methodological guidelines (extending the planned data collection time from 6 to 12 months, allowing data collection through a combination of face-to-face interviews and online methods) covering the forthcoming representative data collection in all participating countries. There are currently 31 of them.
Slovakian users (annually growing in number) of ESS data will appreciate that these data are freely available for academic purposes. The data are available HERE.
In the 10th round of the ESS, the questionnaire includes questions focused on digital social contacts during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the Slovak version of the questionnaire will contain an additional section focused exclusively on mapping the pandemic and its social consequences.
The European Social Survey is a prestigious European survey (an ESFRI landmark) coordinated by academic institutions since 2001.
Denisa Fedáková, Institute of Social Sciences CSPV SAS