Production and Archive of Social Science Data (PASSDA)

Project Title:
Production and Archive of Social Science Data (PASSDA)

Start and End of Project:
2014 to 2019.

Chief Investigator:
Jorge Manuel Vala Salvador

Research Team:

Researcher Name
Institutional Afiliation
Jorge Manuel Vala Salvador ICS/ULisboa
Alice Oliveira Ramos ICS/ULisboa
Analia Torres CAPP/ISCSP/ULisboa
José ManuelMendes CES
Lara Patrício Tavares CAPP/ISCSP/ULisboa
Maria do Rosario Mauritti CIES-­IUL/ISCTE-­IUL
Marina Castelo Branco Lains ICS/ULisboa
Nuno Alexandre Alves CIES-­IUL/ISCTE-­IUL
Pedro Moura Ferreira ICS/ULisboa
Pedro Coutinho Magalhães ICS/ULisboa


Partner Entity
CES Centro de Estudos Sociais
ICS Instituto de Ciências Sociais
ISCSP Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas
IUL Instituto Universitário de Lisboa


European institutions in the field of social sciences have already been formed in order to produce, archive, and disseminate data with methodological accuracy and theoretically grounded. Although not systematically, Portugal has been following this movement for the last 20 years. This new infrastructure (PASSDA) aims the production, analysis and archive of data in the context of national and international projects in the domain of the social sciences.
It is organised in two lines of action that correspond to two projects funded by FCT and recognised at the European level (APIS: PTDC/CS-­SOC/102059/2008 and IASPP: RECI/IVC-­SOC/0476/2012). Within the broad theme of political attitudes, a specific research line will focus on attitudes towards the Quality of Democracy in Portugal.
By proposing, now, a single infrastructure, we will be providing resources that contribute to the development and internationalisation of the Portuguese scientific community.
In what concerns the scope of data production, PASSDA intends to become a research infrastructure in social and political attitudes in a comparative perspective. It will integrate the two research projects that constitute the IASPP infrastructure (European Social Survey (ESS-­ERIC), and the Portuguese Election Studies) as well as, two international research networks where Portugal has been represented by ICS-­ULisboa for the last 15 years (EVS-­European Values Study and ISSP-­International Social Survey Programme). PASSDA will allow the Portuguese social science community to chart and interpret stability and change in social attitudes;; to improve the standards of cross-­national research;; to introduce soundly-­based indicators of national progress, based on citizens' perceptions and judgements of key societal issues;; to train researchers in quantitative methods;; to improve the visibility of data on social change among academics, policy makers and the wider public;; to provide empirical evidence to the public debate and to the decision-­making process in the realm of public policies.
In what concerns the scope of data archive, the main objective of PASSDA is increase the use of data resulting from social research carried out in Portugal, in particular from probabilistic surveys. This will be done through the rigorous processing, preservation and dissemination of the collected databases, ensuring that they are reliable and can be openly and friendly used.
The existence of a data archive that ensures the long-­term preservation of research on the Portuguese society is a resource that preserves the scientific and cultural heritage of the social sciences.
Therefore, PASSDA will provide a consolidated basis for research among the 10 national research units that comprise the infrastructure, as well as other national and international partners, contributing also to the advancement of methodological knowledge and to the promotion of interdisciplinarity.

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