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07 Nov 2015

WVSA Executive Committee and Scientific advisory Committee meeting in Moscow (November, 2015)

The World Values Survey Association had on November 13-14 a very successful meeting of Executive Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee at the prestigious Higher School of Economics, the leading Russian Research University, in Moscow. The main mission of the meeting was the design of the master questionnaire for the new wave of the World Values Survey, which will be 'WVS 7'. Participants of the meeting at HSE (on the photo, f.l.t.r): Juan Diez Nicolas (Spain), Eduard Ponarin (Russia), Bi Puranen (Sweden), Ronald Inglehart (USA), Marita Carballo (Argentina), Chris Welzel (Germany), Pippa Norris (USA/ Australia), Marta Lagos (Chile), Kseniya Kizilova (Austria/Ukraine), Christian Harper (Austria/ UK), Darwish Al-Emadi (Qatar).

The World Values Survey Association had on November 13-14 a very successful meeting of Executive Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee at the prestigious Higher School of Economics, the leading Russian Research University, in Moscow. The main mission of the meeting was the design of the master questionnaire for the new wave of the World Values Survey, which will be 'WVS 7'. Participants of the meeting were Eduard Ponarin (Russia), Alejandro Moreno (Mexico), Bi Puranen (Sweden), Ronald Inglehart (USA), Marita Caballo (Argentina), Chris Welzel (Germany), Pippa Norris (USA/Australia), Marta Lagos (Chile), Kseniya Kizilova (Austria/Ukraine), Christian Haerpfer (UK & Austria), and Darwish El-Amadi (Qatar).

The two-day meeting in Moscow was aimed at finalizing the questionnaire that will be used in the seventh wave of WVS in many languages around the world – in about 70 states. This questionnaire will include 250 questions that will address religious, family, gender, equality, ecological, social, political values. The most important value dimensions were unchanged in the course of the previous 6 waves, which enables us to compare continuity and change in values in different life domains with exactly the same words. This means that the World Values Suvey has a core questionnaire with an identical set of questions between 1981 and 2013. New topics in Wave 7 will deal with new social media and internet, migrants and refugees, security, and gender. If a question becomes obsolete as a consequence of social change and transformations, those questions will be phased out. All the questions on the questionnaire are unbiased questions and it is very important to make them neutral so that the interviewees do not feel pressured into a certain answer by politically or ideologically distorted questions. So the questions should not prescribe any particular model of development of society


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