World Values Study e European Values survey

2017 - 2020

Ferruccio Biolcati, Paolo Segatti, Giancarlo Rovati

Università degli Studi di Milano

The Intercultura Foundation has co-financed the World Values Survey (WVS) and European Values Study (EVS) projects.

These are two important research infrastructures on cultural and value change in Europe and the world. On the basis of a survey-based research design (a questionnaire administered to a representative sample of the population), values and attitudes towards family, work, religion, politics, welfare, solidarity, intercultural relations, democracy, to name but a few of the most relevant issues, have been regularly surveyed since the early 1980s.

With respect to these, the two surveys make it possible to study similarities and differences between countries and their change over time, for the whole population as well as for more specific groups such as young people.

The World Values Survey (WVS) is developed by a coordination of universities and research institutes. There were seven editions with a five-year deadline in which more than 50 countries participated. About 60% of the WVS questionnaire overlaps with the EVS questionnaire. The research design is cross-referenced with probabilistic and non-probabilistic sampling. Data are collected through face-to-face interviews. Italy only participated in the fifth and seventh edition.

The European Values Study (EVS) is developed by a coordination of universities and research institutes. EVS started in 1981 and takes place every nine years, so that there have been five editions (1981, 1990, 1999, 2008, 2017). The research design is transversal repeated with step sampling and stratified sampling. Data are collected through face-to-face interviews. Italy has participated in all five editions first with the University of Trento and then with the University of Milan.

Publications

Biolcati F., Rovati G., Segatti P. (2020). Come cambiano gli italiani - Valori e atteggiamenti dagli anni Ottanta a oggi. Bologna: Il Mulino