The first edition of European Social Survey (ESS) Round 9 data is now available at the official ESS website. For the first time, database includes Serbia. Data collection for European Social Survey has been conducted in Serbia for the first time during 2018 by the consortium comprised from several scientific institutions. Besides the team from the Institute for Sociological Research, part of the consortium also were researchers from the Institute for Social Sciences (Belgrade), Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (University of Belgrade), Faculty of Philosophy (University of Novi Sad), Faculty of Philosophy (University of Niš) and the Faculty of Political Sciences (University of Belgrade). Partners also were the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. Consortium itself also gained significant help from Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.
Despite participating for the first time, National team of Serbia was at the top when it comes to efficiency and pace of data collection. After successfully completing the consistency check with ESS standards, database for Serbia found its place in data’s first edition among 19 other European countries.
Multiple benefits for Serbia bought by participation in ESS, primarily are reflected through participation in an international survey and in generating of rather needed comparable data. In that way, the possibility of comparing the various aspects of social life with the ones registered elsewhere in European countries is gained, providing a more precise basis for assessment of different social circumstances. Connected to that, European Social Survey might offer an insight into multiple aspects of social life. Besides socio-demographic characteristics of the surveyed households, it also includes questions on use of media and internet, trust in institutions, electoral and other means of participation, party affinities, socio-political orientations, immigration, as well as subjective satisfaction of life. In round 9, two rotating modules have also encompassed conception of life cycles, flows and life events, along with procedural justice, fairness of income distribution, resources and chances for education and employment.
Having in mind their breadth, as well as the rigid standards applied while collecting them, the data from European Social Survey will present a significant shift for domestic science. After registering, databases might be downloaded directly as SAS, SPSS and STATA formats.