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Findings of the original language documentation for the European Values Study (EVS)

Presenter 1
Evelyn Brislinger
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Presenter 2
Wolfgang Zenk-Moeltgen
GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences

The questionnaire of the recent EVS wave 2008 was translated into 38 languages and adjusted to 46 different cultural contexts to ensure that questions measure the same phenomena. This translation process was closely monitored and well documented, and it was the starting point for a workflow designed by GESIS that aims at high quality documentation of data with original question texts. This documentation is valuable for secondary users who want to look at the question wording used in different languages, countries or waves. We presented the ongoing project at IASSIST/IFDO 2009 and are now able to report on the findings. With the full data release of EVS 2008 in December 2010 the documentation process will be finished and the original language documentation will be published through online retrieval systems, an interactive online overview, and English/original language variable reports ( With the release of the longitudinal file 1981-2008 in June 2011 the original questions for two waves will be available and comparisons of questions across time will be possible. The workflow includes long-term preservation of all key information and databases. Also it allows for the re-use of the original language documentation as basis for questionnaire translation of coming waves.

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