19 feb 2019

A new coding tool presented at the workshop organized by SERISS with the participation of the WVSA

On February 14-15, 2019 the World Values Survey Association Secretariat contributed to the training workshop on coding, scales and classification for socioeconomic variables in cross-national surveys organized by the Synergies for Europe’s Research Infrastructures in the Social Sciences (SERISS) research project. The project coordinated by the European Social Survey and implemented in cooperation with other European survey research programs aims to strengthen and harmonise social science research across Europe by addressing the challenges faced by cross-national survey research and offering new solutions in relation to different aspects of survey design and data collection, data management and curation from a collaborative, cross-national perspective.

The training was organized at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and was a part of the SERISS project’s Work Package 8 “A coding module for socio-economic survey questions”. This work package developed a cross-country harmonised, fast, high-quality and cost-effective coding module for major socioeconomic variables. Occupation, industry, employment status, educational attainment and field of education are core variables in many socio-economic and health surveys, as are the size and intensity of social networks. However, incomparability of national country-specific classifications, expensive post-interview coding, challenging with the correct translation of international scales and classifications constitute numerous obstacles for the coherent and fully compatible coding of sociodemographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the respondents in large-scale cross-national surveys. WVSA Secretariat was represented by its Head Ms Kseniya Kizilova who spoke about the WVSA's work on the incorporating the globally-applicable scales for socioeconomic variables into the WVS-7 and WVS-8 survey rounds. While the WVS Association in WVS-7 adopted using the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED-2011) for coding the education level of the respondent, there is still more work required to improve the classifications used for occupation and industry of professional employment.