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International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)


ARK Northern Ireland

Subject Keywords: Social science, Culture
Type: Data
Region: International (other)

The ISSP is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research.

It brings together pre-existing social science projects and coordinates research goals, thereby adding a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual national studies.

The ISSP researchers especially concentrate on developing questions that are meaningful and relevant to all countries, and can be expressed in an equivalent manner in all relevant languages.

Each year over 44 countries participate in the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) in which the same module of questions is asked cross-nationally. Northern Ireland has taken part in this exercise since 1989 via the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey (NISA) until 1996, and then more infrequently via the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILT).

Tables of results for ISSP modules are available on the NILT website. In addition, the Surveys Online (SOL) resource within ARK includes results for the NISA surveys, as well as for Britain and the Republic of Ireland.



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Suggested citation:

ARK Northern Ireland. (2017) International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 24th November 2017].


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