Τις εργασίες της 2ης Παγκύπριας Ημερίδας Στατιστικής θα κηρύξει η Dr. Ineke Stoop, Head of Methodology at The Netherlands Institute for Social Research, με θέμα “Pursuing quality and comparability in the European Social Survey”.
At present Ineke Stoop is Head of Methodology at The Netherlands Institute for Social Research, SCP, a government agency which conducts research into the social aspects of all areas of government policy. She is also Deputy Director Methodological of the European Social Survey and was, until April 2019, the Chair of the European Statistical Advisory Committee. She will officially retire mid July 2019.
Dr Stoop obtained her Ph.D. in social sciences from Utrecht University for a thesis on survey nonresponse. She has taught courses on nonresponse, survey design and comparative surveys, and has authored articles, chapters and books on the same topics. In 2018 she was co-editor of a Wiley monograph titled Advances on Comparative Survey Methodology. In 2019 she will draft a chapter on nonresponse for the SAGE Encyclopedia of Research Methods.
Pursuing quality and comparability in the European Social Survey
The European Social Survey (www.europeansocialsurvey.org) shares a number of fundamental principles with the European Statistical System as set down in the European statistics Code of Practice (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-catalogues/-/KS-02-18-142), among which commitment to quality, the use of sound methodology and cross-national comparability. The way these aims are pursued differs, however, between the two ESS’s.
The ESS is an academic, biennial survey in which data are collected on values, attitudes and related behaviours among the inhabitants of 30+ European countries. The data of the of the first 8 rounds are freely available from the website, and data from round 9 will be published in the Autumn of 2019. Up till now almost 100 thousand people have downloaded the data.
The ESS is a face-to-face survey based on input harmonisation, which means that identical (though translated) questions are posed in every country, and data collection procedures are as similar as possible. A wide range of quality control guidelines, quality monitoring tool, and quality assessment procedures are in place, but still countries differ in sampling frames available, types of survey agencies able to conduct fieldwork, fieldwork efforts, realised response rates and the relevance of concepts and questions.
The presentation will show how the ESS pursues high quality and optimal comparability, what problems we encounter and how we try to improve over time, and what are the trade-offs between different quality criteria, and between quality and comparability. Some attention will be paid to the design and outcomes of the Cypriot survey compared to other countries.