Welcome to the World Values Survey!
World Values Survey (WVS) is a global research project that explores people’s values and beliefs, their stability or change over time and their impact on social and political development of the societies in different countries of the world. WVS started in 1981 as a part of the European Values Study and quickly became one of the most widely-used and authoritative cross-national and time-series surveys covering almost 120 countries/ societies (nearly 95% of the world’s population).
WVS shows pervasive changes in what people want out of life and what they believe. In order to monitor these changes, the EVS/WVS has executed seven waves of surveys from 1981 to 2020. Representative national samples of each society are interviewed, using a standardized questionnaire that measures support for democracy, tolerance to foreigners and ethnic minorities, support for gender equality, the role of religion and changing levels of religiosity, the impact of globalization, attitudes toward the environment, work, family, politics, national identity, culture, diversity, insecurity, subjective well-being, and etc.
The findings are valuable for policy makers seeking to build civil society and democratic institutions in developing countries. The WVS data is also frequently used by governments around the world, scholars, students, journalists and international organizations and institutions such as the World Bank and the United Nations.
Most recent WVS wave 7 has been started in 2017 and by mid-2020 the survey has been conducted in 77 countries and societies on all inhabited continents around the globe, ranging from Andorra, Argentina and Australia to the United States, Vietnam and Zimbabwe, as well as surveys conducted in collaboration with the European Values Study. In total, over 129,000 respondents were interviewed for this wave. Geographic coverage has also been expanded to several new countries included for the first time, such as Bolivia, Greece, Myanmar, Nicaragua, and Tajikistan.All countries surveyed in WVS-7 employ nationwide random probability representative sample designs with the sample size from 1000 to 3200 respondents.
The latest wave of the WVS/EVS builds upon the long series of previous surveys conducted since the early-1980s, with the integrated dataset pooling all 7 waves. The core items facilitate the comparison of longitudinal trends and cultural change over four decades, such as on happiness and well-being, post-materialism, and social capital. New items have also been added to this wave on several issues, including online political participation via social media, social trust, and attitudes towards migration. The WVS-7 dataset includes over 300 indicators, based on the common WVS-7 questionnaire which is standardized across all countries. Macro-level variables for each nation are also included, like the global region, per capita GDP and level of democracy. All data for WVS-7 (2017-2020) as well as the 1981-2020 time series is available in free access.
WVS activities are coordinated by the World Values Survey Association (WVSA). WVSA in a non-profit research organization with its Legal Seat in Sweden. WVSA Secretariat - the Global Headquarters - is located in Vienna, Austria. WVSA Data archive is based at the JD Systems Institute in Madrid, Spain. The WVSA is governed by the Executive Committee, the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the General Assembly, under the terms of the Constitution.
Here you can download our data and publications, learn about the WVSA, its history, research network and forthcoming events.
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Professor Dr Christian W Haerpfer