15 June 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00


Comparative social science research requires comparable data across countries. This free CESSDA webinar will explore key sources of harmonised comparative data and methods and tools for harmonising data.

Designed for researchers interested in comparative/cross-national research (with a primary interest in European survey data), and hosted by Jen Buckley from the UK Data Service, the session will give an overview of available sources and feature two expert speakers:

Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, will discuss methodology developed in the Survey Data Recycling Project to harmonise ex-post data pooled from cross-national survey projects in the social sciences.

Dr Kristi Winters, from the Department of Data Archive for the Social Sciences, GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, will address how we should approach documenting data harmonisation work, including a description of CharmStats, an open-source software that enables researchers to simultaneously perform and document the process of variable coding and harmonisation.

The 1-hour session will include presentations, case studies, and a chance to ask questions.