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Round 11 data now available

Data collected in the latest round of the European Social Survey (ESS) is now available for 13 countries.

Round 11 data has been published for Austria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The data is available from the ESS Data Portal and is published with design weights only. Post-stratification weights will be added when data from the majority of countries is available later this year.

There are 31 countries who have participated in this latest round of our survey - a second data release including a larger number of countries will be published in November 2024.

Following on from a mixed mode approach implemented in the previous round due to the pandemic, Round 11 (2023/24) data collection has been conducted using face-to-face fieldwork (including video interviewing).1

Data is available for more than 200 questions asked in all countries, including respondents’ ancestry; education; employment; financial circumstances; household composition; and other socio-demographics including sex, age as well as information about their partners and parents. 

Attitudinal data collected in every round focuses on climate change and energy; crime and justice; democracy and government; immigration; health and wellbeing; institutional and social trust; media and internet use; European, national and ethnic identity; perceived discrimination; political affiliation, interest and participation; religion; social exclusion; and values. 

Round 11 includes two rotating modules that focus on gender, for the first time, and social inequalities in health, with many questions repeated from Round 7 (2014/15).

Proposed by a team led by Susan Banducci (University of Exeter), the gender module explores attitudes towards feminine and masculine identities, sexism, gender discrimination and gender equality. 

The health proposal was submitted by the majority of researchers involved in the initial module and was led by Mirza Balaj (CHAIN Scientific coordinator Norwegian University of Science and Technology). 

A combination of repeat and new items examine the social determinants of health in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are related to income and wealth inequalities.

Professor Rory Fitzgerald, Director of the ESS, said:

“We are really excited to present this first data release for Round 11 of our cross-national survey.

“Everyone at the ESS is extremely thankful to our incredible national coordinators and their teams as well as the field interviewers who collected survey data during this round.

“The data is available via our Data Portal and can be accessed via the Variable Viewer tool, which allows users to view weighted results for each question without having to download datasets.”

The next iteration of our survey - Round 12 (2025/26) - will be conducted using a mixed method approach: half the sample in each country will be interviewed through in-person interviews, with the other half completing online or postal questionnaires.

This will allow for mode effects to be fully considered ahead of a full transition to only self-completion data collection in Round 13 (2027/28).

1. Only one country (Czechia) has been forced to collect data using self-completion methods in this round, due to restrictions in the capacity of in-person interviewers.

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