Links to sources of data and other useful information.
The Czech Republic in Comparative Databases
Links to databases from long-term international interview surveys with Czech data.
Ordered alphabetically, by English titles.
Prepared by: Jindřich Krejčí. Revised by: Barbora Staňkovská. Latest update: April 2010.
Candidate Countries Eurobarometer (CCEB)
This survey is organized for the European Commission in EU candidate countries and is a successor of the CEEB (see below). Its methodology corresponds to the Standard Eurobarometer (see below) and its data are partially comparable with it. Time frame: multiple times a year since 2001. Czech membership: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.
Central and Eastern Eurobarometer (CEEB)
This survey is organized for the European Commission in Central and Eastern European countries (gradually up to 20 countries). It focuses on attitudes to political and economic changes, attitudes to the EU, trust in institutions, human capital etc. Time frame: annually from 1990 to 1997. Czech membership: all waves.
Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES)
This long-term international project focuses on electoral systems and electoral behaviour in more than 50 countries of the world. Common question modules are added to individual countries’ post-election studies. Topics: attitudes to institutions, opinions about electoral system, electoral behaviour, political parties, political and social disorganization, satisfaction with democracy etc. Time frame: since 1996, after every election. Czech membership: 1998, 2002.
Links: Data and information: CSES.
Democracy and Local Governance (DLG)
This international survey focuses on regional problems and local politics, relations between local, regional and national governments, NGOs, governance, values etc. Questionnaires were administered to local government leaders in mid-sized municipalities. Time frame: I: 1960s, II: 1970s–80s, III: 1991–94, IV: 1995–97. Czech membership: 1991, 1995.
Links: Data and information: DLG.
The programme regularly monitors social and political attitudes in EU countries and allows both international and temporal comparison. Samples of about 1000 persons aged 15+ each are collected. Since 1990, the programme has been complemented by independent surveys on selected topics. Time frame: since 1973, twice annually (spring, autumn). Czech membership: since 2004.
European Social Survey (ESS)
This programme of “general social research” consists of interview surveys of attitudes and behaviours and aims at systematic monitoring of basic social indicators. Each survey includes a more in-depth study of selected issues and a methodological component. The goal is to create a publicly available data source for monitoring long-term changes and solving difficult analytical tasks. Participants include most Central and Western European countries and some other countries. Time frame: since 2002, biannually. Czech membership: 2002, 2004, 2009.
Links: Data and information: ESS.
European Values Study (EVS)
A long-term comparative survey of social, cultural and political values (work, family, social relations, leisure, politics, economy, religion etc.). The latest wave included almost all European countries and Turkey. Time frame: EVS 1981, EVS 1990, EVS 1999 (a 9-year period). Czech membership: 1991, 1999, 2008.
European Working Conditions Survey
This comparative survey aims at creating an overview of working conditions in European countries, quality of work factors, and workforce changes. It primarily focuses on EU countries but it has also been implemented in some candidate countries and other European countries. Time frame: 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 (a 5-year period). Czech membership: 2000, 2005, 2010.
Family and Fertility Surveys (FFS)
These research studies of family and reproduction were organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and took place in 21 countries of Europe, the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Topics: household characteristics, intimate relationships, children, motherhood, work and study careers, opinions on population policy etc. Time frame: 1988–1999 (different countries in different years). Czech membership: 1997.
Links: Information and data requests: UNECE/PAU.
A complement to the Eurobarometer survey (see above). Short surveys on up-to-date topics amongst the general population or specific groups (such as top managers). Varying periodicity. Also includes regular Monthly Monitor surveys (1994–1995), a weekly telephone-assisted Continuous Tracking Survey (1996–1998) etc. Time frame: since late 1980s. Czech membership: since 2004, only some surveys.
Generations and Gender Programme
The survey of demographic behaviour is conducted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It supersedes the FFS (see above). The GGP was launched in 2000 and includes over 30 countries. In each country, three waves take place every three years. The GGP also includes a contextual database with information on public policies and other macro-indicators. Information: UNECE, data (only first-wave data for some countries are available so far): GGP.
International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS)/Secondary International Adult Literacy Survey (SIALS)
This OECD international survey focuses on functional literacy in adults. So far, three waves have been implemented in a total of 27 countries. The survey aims at comparing the functional literacy profiles of different national, linguistic and cultural areas and identifying at-risk groups. It also includes a methodological study of instruments for measuring functional literacy. Time frame: 1994, 1996, 1998. Czech membership: 1998.
Links: Information, publication and data: Statistics Canada (cat. No. 89-588-XIE).
These repeated standardized sample surveys monitor households’ experience with crime. 68 countries have taken part of at least one wave. They mostly consist of telephone-assisted interviewing of 1000–2000 respondents, in some countries only for selected cities or regions. Coordinated by the UNICRI. Time frame: since 1989: 1992, 1996, 2000, 2005. Czech membership: Czechoslovakia: 1992; Czech Republic: 1996/97 (Prague and a sample of the countryside), 2000/2001.
Links: Data and information: UNICRI/ICVS.
International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
The largest existing international programme for surveying attitudes. Every year, a comparable module of questions on selected topics is asked along with a standardized set of socio-demographic indicators. Topics are repeated after a certain time period. 45 countries currently participate. Time frame: since 1985 annually. Czech membership: since 1992 all waves.
Luxembourg Employment Study (LES)
The project is complementary to the LIS (see below). Established in 1994, it harmonizes Labour Force Survey data from 16 countries. It includes data about job characteristics, job search, human capital, labour migration, comparative data about occupations etc. Time frame: wave III: around 1990, wave IV: around 1995, wave V: 2000. Czech membership: wave IV: 1994.
Links: Information and access to data: LES (accepts analytic questions and sends results by e-mail).
Luxembourg Income Study (LIS)
The project was established in Luxembourg in 1983. It integrates data from household income studies for the purposes of international comparison. Data is gathered from 36 countries of the entire world. Czech data comes from the Microcensus surveys. Time frame: 1960s–1970s, wave I: around 1980, wave II: around 1985, wave III: around 1990, wave IV: around 1995, wave V: around 2000, wave VI: around 2004. Czech membership: wave III: 1992, wave IV: 1996, wave V: 2002, wave VI: 2005.
Links: Information and access to data: LIS (accepts analytic questions and sends results by e-mail).
Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS)
This comparative project integrates data from time use studies based on standardized methodology of time diaries which was applied by A. Szalai in the international Time Budget Study in 1965 and subsequently replicated in many other surveys. The database includes data from over 60 national surveys and several international projects from a total of 22 countries. Time frame: since 1965. Czech membership: 1965, 1979/80, 1990.
Links: Information and data: MTUS.
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
This OECD-initiated programme focuses on regular monitoring of students’ ability to apply practically their knowledge in the domains of literature, language, mathematics and science. The programme has also established a panel survey of students and their parents (PISA-L) in order to monitor students’ professional careers. Time frame: 2000–2002, 2003–2005, 2006–2008, 2009–2011. Czech membership: 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009.
Links: OECD PISA on-line.
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
This survey is organized by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and focuses on repeated testing of the level of reader literacy in students (fourth-graders in the Czech Republic). 55 countries currently participate in the project. Time frame: 2001, 2006, (2011). Czech membership: 2001, (2011)
Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
The project is organized by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and studies teaching curricula, gathers information about systems of instruction, tests students, and surveys students, teachers and school principals. The goal is to compare and evaluate education attainment in mathematics and science at five different grades of education. 64 countries are currently affiliated with the project. Time frame: 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, (2011). Czech membership: 1995, 2003, 2007, (2011).
World Values Surveys (WVS)
The WVS is a continuous worldwide survey of changes in values. It followed the first wave of the EVS (see above) by extending it to countries outside Europe. Subsequently, the WVS continued independently whereby in some countries only one survey was implemented for both the WVS and the EVS. The choice of topics accentuates more specific theories of value change. Surveys are organized centrally and cover a total of 65 countries. Periodicity is around 5 years. Time frame: EVS/WVS 1981–84, WVS 1989–93, WVS 1994–99, WVS 1999–04, WVS 2005–08, (WVS 2010–2011). Czech membership: WVS 1991, WVS 1998.
Links: Information: WVS. Incomplete data in a merged file of WVS 1981–2004 along with some EVS data are available at the ICPSR website. The latest merged dataset, WVS 1981–2008, along with three other datasets, is available directly at the WVS website.