- The World Values Survey (WVS) is a study that covers almost 100 countries (88% of world`s population) all over the world. It provides a comprehensive measurement of the major areas of social and human life. It covers a wide range of topics such as politics, religion, subjective well-being, quality of life, economic development, etc. It includes 5 waves of survey from 1981 to 2008; the 6th wave will be published at April 1, 2014.
- The European Value Survey (EVS) is a large-scale, cross-national, and longitudinal survey research program on basic human values. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of citizens all over Europe. It is a unique research project on how Europeans think about life, family, work, religion, politics and society. The European Values Study started in 1981, when a thousand citizens in the EU member states of that time were interviewed using standardized questionnaires. Every nine years the survey is repeated in an increasing number of countries. The fourth wave in 2008 covers 47 European countries/regions, from Iceland to Azerbaijan and from Portugal to Norway.
- The European Social Survey (ESS) is a cross-national survey which has been conducted every two years since 2001. It covers more than 30 European nations. The Survey measures attitudes, values, beliefs and behavior patterns of European residents. It provides the data about the major aspects of social life: well-being, trust, gender issues, immigration, health and care, etc.
- The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) was launched in 2003. It examines living conditions of the Europeans and their perceptions of life circumstances and quality of life. It covers such topics as income, education, employment, health. It also looks at subjective topics like happiness, satisfaction with one`s life, perceptions of various services that are provided by their societies. The EQLS includes the data on 34 European countries: it covers 28 EU member states, Iceland, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
- The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) was launched in 1990. Till now it has been held six waves of the Survey. In each wave a random sample of workers (employees and self-employed) has been interviewed face to face. Themes covered today include employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work-life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, as well as work and health.
- The UNDP Human Development Report Data offers an archive of research for more than a quarter of a century. In 1990 the first Human Development Report introduced a new approach for advancing human wellbeing. Human development – or the human development approach – is about expanding the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of the economy in which human beings live. It is an approach that is focused on people and their opportunities and choices.
- The Eurobarometer project. Survey has a long history and is held annually since 1974. The project explores the values, attitudes and practices of the population in a number of areas such as economy, politics, and scientific and technical progress.
- The Eurasian Monitor is a system of regular cross-country opinion polling. In a profound sense, the concept of the project basically adopts and develops the ideas of “Eurobarometer” – an operating research program of EU – and other alike projects being held in different parts of the world (”Afrobarometer”, “Latinobarometer” and others.). The prime idea of the project is regular (monitoring) measurement of main social moods of CIS countries’ citizens and, first of all, four of Single Economic Space (SES). In perspective, “Eurasian monitor” is supposed to become the core of international (cross-cultural) social researches system operating in post-Soviet space.
- The Afrobarometer project. Survey on democratization, governance and economic growth. Survey is conducted in 37 African countries.
- The Arab Barometer project. Survey study of the Arab world. Values, trust, understanding of democracy and political identity are studied.
- The "Life in transition" project. The project about life satisfaction, governance and gender equality.
- The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) Data Archives. The ARDA provides free access to the most authoritative religion data and religion statistics. It is a collection of surveys, polls, and other data on American and International religious topics submitted by researchers and made available online by the ARDA. There are nearly 775 data files included in the ARDA collection.
- The POLPAN project. Longitudinal survey study of the social structure of the Polish population. Survey is conducted every 5 years since 1988.
- The British Household Panel Survey project. Panel survey of British households on social and economic changes. The survey is conducted held by the University of Essex since 1991. The sample includes more than five thousand households.
- The Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey of HSE (RLMS-HSE). Russian panel survey study. It is conducted by the Higher School of Economics since 1994. The study covers a wide range of issues: from subjective well-being, work and migration behavior, health and nutrition structure to educational behavior, leisure of respondents, etc.
- Dataset on Perceptions of Electoral Integrity (PEI-5.5) by Pippa Norris, Thomas Wynter and Max Grömping. This dataset by the Electoral Integrity Project evaluates the quality of elections held around the world. Based on a rolling survey collecting the views of election experts, this research provides independent and reliable evidence to compare whether countries meet international standards of electoral integrity. The datasets are available for analysis at three levels: COUNTRY-level (161 observations); ELECTION-level (260 observations), and also EXPERT-level (2,961 observations).
- The World Wealth and Income Database (WID.world) aims to provide open and convenient access to the most extensive available database on the historical evolution of the world distribution of income and wealth, both within countries and between countries.
- Constituency-Level Elections Archive (CLEA) contains detailed election results at the constituency level for lower house elections from around the world. The CLEA Release 11 dataset includes results for 1,870 elections from 162 countries and territories, over 1,000,000 observations in total. CLEA data are available in Stata, SPSS, R, and SAS file formats, and as Excel and tab-delimited text files.
Also available at the CLEA website are geocoded electoral maps for 74 countries. All files can be downloaded for free.
- CROss-National Online Survey (CRONOS) — a cross-national web survey pilot panel, run in three countries in Europe: Great Britain, Slovenia, and Estonia. The release includes data from one welcome survey and 6 waves of data collection; it also contains survey paradata and information on the correspondence with sample members. CRONOS data is available free for download and on-line analysis for non-commercial use. It allows for exploratory substantive analysis and experimental data provide an opportunity for methodological research.
- Social Capital Gateway useful resource for researchers in the field of social capital.
- NEP: New Economics Papers – service which filters information on new additions to RePEc and provide subscribers with up-to-date information about the research literature on the specific topic.
- Cross-National Studies: Interdisciplinary Research and Training Program (CONSIRT) – a program established by The Ohio State University (OSU) and the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). The main objective is to stimulate and facilitate research, graduate training, and undergraduate education in a cross-national perspective within creation of the international network of institutions and scholars.
- The Harmonization Project is part of CONSIRT Labs of OSU and PAN. One of the most notable activities of the project is "Harmonization:Newsletter on Survey Data Harmonization in the Social Sciences".
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