International social survey programme

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The ISSP is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. It brings together pre-existing social science projects and coordinates research goals, thereby adding a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual national studies. The ISSP researchers especially concentrate on developing questions that are meaningful and relevant to all countries, and can be expressed in an equivalent manner in all relevant languages.Modules include: role of government, social networks, social inequality, family and changing gender roles, work orientations, religion, environment, national identity, social relations and support systems, citizenship, leisure time and sports, health. Since 1984, ISSP has included 53 nations, the founding four--Germany, the United States, Great Britain, and Australia-- plus Austria, Ireland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Norway, the Philippines, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Poland, Sweden, Spain, Cyprus, France, Portugal, Slovakia, Latvia, Chile, Denmark, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, Venezuela, Belgium, Finland, Mexico, Taiwan, South Korea, Uruguay, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Turkey, Argentina, China, Palestine, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Iceland, India, Georgia, and Suriname. Also, East Germany was added to the German sample upon reunification. In addition, countries that have fielded all or parts of ISSP studies without joining include Albania, Bosnia, East Timor, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

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Data Creator: 
International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
Time Period: 

1985 to present


Data documentation is available from the GESIS Data Archive's web pages or from the GESIS Data Archive Online Study Catalogue (ZACAT).


An on-going bibliography is available on the ISSP publications and documentation web page.

Data Access: 

Most modules are available on-line via a Nesstar interface from the GESIS web site, and from ASEP/JDS. In addition, data can be directly downloaded from the GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK) after a simple registration procedure. Data are also available via various national archives such as Essex in Britain, ASEP/JDS in Spain, and ICPSR in the United States.