WVS wave 7


WVS wave 7 successfully commenced in January, 2017 with 15 countries having completed their survey fieldwork in the first year. WVS-7 will last till the end of December, 2019; by the end of the wave we expect up to 70-80 countries to join the program. Subsequent WVS waves are planned every five years.


WVSA Secretariat is delighted to inform the whole WVSA community that the long and intensive process of design of the WVS-7 questionnaire, started in April, 2014, has now been finished. Similarly to the previous waves, WVS-7 questionnaire is an extensive research tool comprising of 290 questions and measuring cultural values, attitudes and beliefs towards gender, family, and religion, attitudes and experience of poverty, education, health, and security, social tolerance and trust, attitudes towards multilateral institutions, cultural differences and similarities between regions and societies. In addition, the WVS-7 questionnaire has been elaborated with the inclusion of such new topics as the issues of justice, moral principles, corruption, accountability and risk, migration, national security and global governance. The 7th wave survey is also contributing towards monitoring the set of Sustainable Development Goals and the targets defined by the UN post-2015 agenda.

WVS-7 questionnaire is structured along 14 thematic sub-sections, including demography, as following:

  • social values, attitudes & stereotypes (45 items);
  • societal well-being (11 items);
  • social capital, trust and organizational membership (49 items);
  • economic values (6 items);
  • corruption (9 items);
  • migration (10 items);
  • post-materialist index (6 items);
  • science & technology (6 items);
  • religious values (12 items);
  • security (21 items);
  • ethical values & norms (23 items);
  • political interest and political participation (36 items);
  • political culture and political regimes (25 items);
  • demography (31 items).

The WVS-7 questionnaire can be acquired by WVS Survey teams (only) and Funding agencies from the WVSA Secretariat: wvsa.secretariat@gmail.com

Questionnaire as well as the data and all the other survey related materials will be made available for broad public early in 2020.


The WVS-7 master questionnaire is designed in English and then translated by every team into their national language(s) in their respective country. In any given country, the questionnaire must be translated into all languages which serve as the first language for 15 % (or more) of the population. For countries that participated in previous waves of the World Values Survey, a substantial part of the translation has already been carried out (repeated items which constitute the core questionnaire). Only the newly included topics and questions will need to be translated.

In the WVS wave 7 the WVS Secretariat will produce also versions in 3 other languages which are broadly spoken / understood in certain world regions:

  • Spanish (available at the Secretariat for WVS survey teams);
  • Arabic (in progress);
  • Russian.

Translations of the WVS-7 master questionnaire in these 3 languages will be available for acquisition (for WVS survey teams) from the WVSA Secretariat in the course of year 2017.


The following dates have been approved as the period of WVS-7 survey fieldwork implementation:

Start of the WVS 7 fieldwork: January, 2017
End of the survey fieldwork: December, 2019

Year 2016 has been devoted to preparations of the WVS wave 7. In addition to development of survey questionnaire, this included preparation and submission of survey funding applications. We encourage all the Principal Investigators, survey teams, funding organizations and foundations who are interested in cooperation with WVSA to begin fund-raising activities.


A new collection of rules and procedures for WVS-7 has been elaborated by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the WVSA and can be provided by the WVSA Scerteariat upon the request (for WVS survey teams only). The document comprises requirements towards sampling procedures, sample size, time of survey implementation, questionnaire localization, data submission to the WVS and etc.

Excerpts from the collection of rules for WVS-7:

1) WVS requires implementation of the common questionnaire fully and faithfully, in all countries included into one wave. Any alteration to the original questionnaire has to be approved by the EC. Omission of no more than a maximum of 12 questions in any given country can be allowed.

2) The final version of the WVS-7 questionnaire will be provided to all national teams by the Secretary as the Head of the WVSA Secretariat, together with the official letter from the President approving start of the fieldwork. Application of the questionnaire obtained from other sources and other persons is highly non-recommendable and will be at the own responsibility and risk of the survey team, in case if the version that has been used contains any alterations from the official WVS-7 questionnaire. In such case, national data set might not be accepted as a part of the WVS wave 7.

3) WVS-7 questionnaire will be availabe in English, Spanish, Arabic and Russian. All the other translations have to be condcted by the national teams. In any given country, the questionnaire must be translated into all languages which serve as the first language for 15 % (or more) of the population.

4) WVS-7 presumes application of modern translation techniques involving 2 translators and a mediator (opposite to the practice of "back translation" used by international survey projects in the past). Questionnaire translation has to be approved by the WVSA Executive Committee before you start your fieldwork.

5) Samples must be representative of all people in the age 18 and older residing within private households in each country, regardless of their nationality, citizenship or language. Whether the sampling method is full probability or a combination of probability and stratified, the national team should aim at obtaining as many Primary Sampling Units (starting points in case of random route sampling) in the sample as possible. It is highly recommended that a number of respondents per a PSU (or a route in case of random route sample) is not exceeding 10 respondents. It is possible to have several Primary Sampling Units per one settlement; they should be located in quite a good distance from each other. WVSA requires a complete explanation of proposed sampling procedures BEFORE the beginning of the survey fieldwork. The minimum sample size - i.e. the number of completed interviews which are included into the national data-set in the most of countries is 1200.

6) The main method of data collection in the WVS survey is face-to-face interview at respondent’s home / place of residence. Respondent’s answers could be recorded in a paper questionnaire (traditional way) or by CAPI (Computer Assisted Personal Interview). The approval of the Scientific Advisory Committee in writing is necessary for application of any methods of data collection other than face-to-face interview.


WVSA Secretariat invites all existing WVS national teams as well as the new potential members of the Association to join the WVS wave 7.

WVS, being world’s largest social survey project, in every wave aims at increasing its territorial coverage. In wave 7 the WVS teams set up a goal to conduct the values study in 80 world countries. The aim is to try to provide equal representation of all world cultural zones, to ensure continuation of those time-series which have no interruptions as well as to involve new countries where WVS has not been conducted yet.

We are happy to inform you that, in addition to Bolivia and Puerto Rico, WVS-7 will be implemented in USA, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong and Macao, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Australia. WVS national teams for Canada, China, Kuwait, Jordan, South Africa, Philippines, New Zealand, Morocco, Peru, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Andorra, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Uruguay are working on obtaining the survey funds.

Values study in Europe in the next wave will be conducted in cooperation with European Values Study group.

In wave 7 WVSA aims at increasing its presence in the following countries (but not only): Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Mali, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Rwanda,  Guatemala, Panama, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Venezuela, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Algeria, Libya, Israel, Lebanon, Iran, Vietnam, Cambodia. WVSA Secretariat accepts expressions of interest to conduct WVS-7 in any of these countries. WVSA team is looking for experienced and reliable survey teams who are interested in long-term cooperation with the WVSA, joint application for funding and promotion of WVS project in their countries.