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3440. ISSP 2000 - Environment II

The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) is an ongoing program of cross-national collaboration. The Environment II module replicated, in year 2000, the first Environment module, investigated in 1993. As standard in the ISSP, the 2000 survey was conducted using the same questionnaire in 26 countries. Respondents were asked to comment on various topics regarding nature and the environment, including the role of science and scientific solutions to environmental problems, protection of the environment through higher prices of goods or higher taxes, and health issues like exposure to radiation and pollution. In addition, respondents were asked to estimate the effects of several environmental threats on themselves, their families and the environment. Additional information was elicited regarding measures respondents were taking to protect the environment, such as whether they drove, recycled and lowered the heat when out (during the winter).

The dataset contains, for each national sample, a data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements. These data were compiled and supplied to ISDC by the Zentralarchiv fuer Emprische Sozialforschung in Koln, Germany.

The Israeli research group, located in Tel Aviv University, is led by Noah Lewin-Epstein. The Israeli data was collected in face-to-face interviews between April and July 2000. Its final sample size is 1,205.

Elsewhere located datasets of interest

European Social Survey 2002/2003

"The European Social Survey (ESS) is a new multi-country survey covering over 20 nations. Its twin aims are - firstly - to monitor and interpret changing public attitudes and values within Europe and to investigate how they interact with Europe's changing institutions, and - secondly - to advance and consolidate improved methods of cross-national survey measurement in Europe and beyond. The project is funded jointly by the European Commission's 5th Framework Programme, the European Science Foundation and academic funding bodies in each participating country, and is designed and carried out to exceptionally high standards. It involves strict random probability sampling, a minimum target response rate of 70% and rigorous translation protocols. The hour-long face-to-face interview includes (amongst others) questions on immigration, citizenship and socio-political issues."

15 countries, including Israel, are included in the first release of data for Round 1 of the European Social Survey. The data is organized, maintained and disseminated by the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD) and is freely accessible for researchers through: http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/. The principal Investigators of the Israeli module are Shalom Schwarz of the Hebrew University, who also participates in the ESS Scientific Advisory Board, and Noah Lewin-Epstein of Tel-Aviv University who coordinates the Israeli Survey.

NJPS: National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01

NJPS 2000-01 was intended to provide a comprehensive social and demographic portrait of the American Jewish population. The survey was designed to provide a follow-up of the 1990 NJPS, to help understand contemporary Jewish life and to be used for communal planning, policy making, financial resource allocation, Jewish education, and scholarly research.

"To meet these needs, United Jewish Communities (UJC) sponsored NJPS 2000-01. The UJC Research Department directed the study with the assistance of the NJPS National Technical Advisory Committee, a distinguished group of researchers, statisticians, demographers and federation professionals."

"The questions were generally more detailed than the parallel items in NJPS 1990. The survey was designed to gather information about the size, geographic distribution and socio-economic characteristics of the Jewish population. In addition, the survey includes questions about family structure, fertility and marital history, intermarriage, Jewish identification, religious practices, Jewish education, synagogue affiliation, philanthropic behavior, social service needs, and relationship to Israel."

The data has been processed, organized and disseminated by the North American Jewish Databank that has recently moved from CUNY to Brandeis University. The micro-level data of both 1990 and 2000-01 NJPS are now accessible through its web-site at Brandeis.

 
 
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