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/p>II.1)DescriptionII.1.1)Title attributed to the design contest/project by the contracting authority/entity:ESS8 Call for Question Module Design Teams.

Design contest notice

This contest is covered by: Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

City University London
Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, School of Social Sciences, New Social Sciences Building (DG16), City University, Northampton Square
For the attention of: Mary Keane
EC1V 0HB London
Telephone: +44 2070404901
Fax: +44 2070404900

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity:

Address of the buyer profile:

Electronic access to information:

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Other: The Core Scientific Team of the ESS ERIC
1.3)Main activity
Other: Research
1.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities/entities

Section II: Object of the design contest/description of the project

II.1.1)Title attributed to the design contest/project by the contracting authority/entity:
ESS8 Call for Question Module Design Teams.
II.1.2)Short description:
The Director of the European Social Survey (ESS), Rory Fitzgerald, is inviting proposals from multi-national teams to design modules for the questionnaire for Round 8 of the ESS to be fielded in September 2016.

The ESS is a biennial, academically-driven social survey that charts and explains the interactions between Europe's changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. The project has already completed six rounds which have covered over 30 nations and employed the most rigorous survey methodology. A fully-documented multinational dataset is available from the ESS Data Archive. Fieldwork for Round 7 will start in September 2014. Further information about the ESS is available at

Prior to Round 7, the ESS was funded by a consortium of organisations from across the European Research Area. The central design and coordination was funded via the European Commission's Framework Programmes, with supplementary funds from the European Science Foundation. Fieldwork and other national costs were borne by national academic funding agencies.
In December 2013 the ESS was awarded the status of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). This means that Research ministries in member countries are now legally responsible for the operation and funding of the ESS. Thirteen Member and two Observer countries are currently committed to ESS Rounds 7 and 8, with more countries expected to sign up in future. Due to legal constraints Switzerland and Norway are Observers rather than ERIC Members. This does not affect how the survey is fielded in these countries.
The ESS is directed by a Core Scientific Team (CST), led by the ESS ERIC headquarters based in the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys at City University London UK (Rory Fitzgerald, Principal Investigator), and comprises NSD Norway (Bjørn Henrichsen), GESIS Germany (Angelika Scheuer), SCP Netherlands (Ineke Stoop), UPF Spain (Wiebke Weber), University of Leuven Belgium (Geert Loosveldt), and the University of Ljubljana Slovenia (Brina Malnar). The CST is responsible for the design, content, methodology, coordination, archiving and timetabling of the study for each round.
The questionnaire for each round consists of two elements: a core module of substantive and socio-demographic items (around 100 in all); and two rotating modules, each including up to 30 items . Each rotating module covers a single academic and/or policy concern within Europe and is drafted by a competitively selected team. Each Question Module Design Team (QDT) works closely with and is guided by the CST in developing its module.
From Round 5 onwards the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the ESS has invited applications both for ‘new' rotating modules and for ‘repeats' of prior modules. The SAB may decide to select 2 new modules, 2 repeat modules or 1 new and 1 repeat. This decision is entirely at the discretion of the SAB. In Rounds 5 to 7 the SAB selected one new and one repeat module. For Round 8, a repeat module is defined as one which replicates 66% or more of a prior ESS rotating module.

Successful applicants and their applications for previous modules can be found on the ESS website (

We wish to attract social scientists across Europe who are interested in comparative survey data to apply for the opportunity to design a module of 30 items. Applications are invited from multinational teams of a minimum of three and up to five subject specialists. Team members should be based in at least three different ESS countries with at least one team member from an ESS ERIC Member or Observer country. In addition, at least one member of any team applying for a repeat module should have analysed and published data from the prior ESS module on the same subject. Applications for repeat modules are welcomed from both the team who designed the original ESS module on the topic and from new teams. In all cases the selection will be made on merit.
Using the appropriate application form (for a new or repeat module), available from the ESS website, applicants should make the theoretical and practical case for their intended topic area, and supply their credentials as substantive and survey specialists in that field. The main content of the proposal will differ slightly depending on whether the application is for a 'new' or 'repeat' module. The full Call and application forms as well as examples of successful applicants from previous rounds are available from the ESS website.
Module Design Process
The teams selected will work closely with the CST and others on the design of their module. The head of each team will be expected to coordinate internal discussion within their team and to communicate with the CST (although they may delegate this role to another member of their team). No budgetary provision exists to cover salary or associated costs for the team. However, it is anticipated that travel and accommodation costs will be met for around four working meetings per team with the CST (at least one of which will be at a National Coordinators meeting, comprising the individuals running the ESS in each of the participating countries). It is expected that the head of each team will attend the meeting with National Coordinators.
As in Rounds 4-7, a system of documentation of questionnaire design will be used to make the process transparent throughout. In the first instance, teams will be asked to complete a template provided by the CST, which outlines the aims of the module and its proposed framework. This will then need to be updated at regular intervals to provide a detailed narrative on the development of the questions. The template will be in two sections. The first will contain the proposed framework and theoretical background of the module, specifying its aims, the concepts to be measured and their anticipated relationships. The second section will outline the dimensions that form part of each concept and how each of these is likely to be measured by specific questions Ultimately the rationale for selecting each chosen item will be described so that it is transparent to all users. The template will also be used to record the results of data analysis of pre-testing and pilot findings. The final version of the module will be accompanied by the above documentation and will be published on the ESS website. A copy of the templates produced for Rounds 5 and 6, including narrative between the two QDTs and the CST are available from the ESS website. From Round 8 onwards the CST will be trialling a new online tool that captures the template information and the QDT will be asked to use this.
All proposals, documents and meetings will be in English, the ESS's working language. Successful teams are expected to sign up in full to the timetable described in the 'Call for Proposals' and to be fully involved at each stage of the process. Note however that the timetable may be subject to adjustment according to the resources available for questionnaire development, pre-testing and piloting.
Final decisions on the form and content of the modules are the responsibility of the CST, having taken account of the views of the Question Module Design Teams (QDTs), results from pre-testing, comments from National Coordinators and the Scientific Advisory Board, translation considerations and timing.
QDTs will have early access to data from Round 8 in 2017 (around a month before the final data release) in order to check and ‘prove' the provisional dataset, thereby providing them with the opportunity to consider (but not publish) articles prior to the dataset's official release.
QDT Obligations
Successful module teams will have free access to methodologically rigorous data on their chosen topic collected from a random sample of around 1,500 adults in at least 15 European countries. No budget will be available to QDTs to cover their input to the design or dissemination of the rotating modules. However, to ensure the success of the rotating modules the QDTs are expected to fulfil the following obligations with regard to design and dissemination:
- Members of each QDT are expected to attend up to 4 face to face meetings with the CST to discuss questionnaire development (normally held in London). This includes one meeting also involving National Coordinators normally held in Germany. Further discussions will take place between meetings electronically as appropriate.
- Each QDT is expected to respond to comments on the questionnaire received from the CST and NCs as specified in the timetable set out in the 'Call for Proposals'.
- Each QDT is expected to work with the CST to document the questionnaire design process fully using the template referred to above.
- Each QDT is expected to feed into decisions about pre-testing and piloting and contribute to analysis of survey data collected during pre-testing/ piloting as appropriate.
- The head of the QDT (or delegated individual) will be responsible for coordinating internal discussions within the team and communicating with the CST.
Within one year of the release of the Round 8 data:
- Each QDT is expected to produce analysis based on the module for the ESS Topline Findings series. ESS Topline Findings are concise cross-national summaries of particular topics covered in the questionnaire. Examples based on rotating modules from previous rounds can be found here. QDTs are expected to include data from all countries where the CST has made this available. The ESS ERIC will cover publication costs but cannot cover analysis and writing time.
- Where the topic is appropriate the QDT will be expected to present findings from the module at a policy seminar organised by the CST. This seminar will bring together ESS scientists, other academics and policy makers from across Europe with a shared interest in the module topic. Previous QDTs have participated in seminars held at the OECD and the European Policy Centre, among others. ESS ERIC will cover travel and subsistence costs but cannot cover staff attendance.
Within two years of the release of the Round 8 data:
- Each QDT is required to make a substantive presentation to an SAB meeting, at which key findings will be presented and further dissemination plans outlined.
Within three years of the release of the Round 8 data:
- Each QDT is expected to have had at least one article accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal based largely on the ESS data from their module.

Application forms can be downloaded from the ESS website (

Please ensure that you complete the correct application form according to whether you are submitting a proposal for a new or a repeat module.
II.1.3)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Criteria for the selection of participants:
Full details are available from the 'Call for Proposals' available from the ESS website.
III.2)Information about a particular profession

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of contest
IV.2)Names of participants already selected
IV.3)Criteria to be applied in the evaluation of projects:
Full details are available from the ESS website.
IV.4)Administrative information
IV.4.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority/entity:
IV.4.2)Conditions for obtaining contractual documents and additional documents
IV.4.3)Time-limit for receipt of projects or requests to participate
Date: 12.5.2014 - 17:00
IV.4.4)Date of dispatch of invitations to participate to selected candidates
IV.4.5)Language(s) in which projects or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.5)Rewards and jury
IV.5.1)Information about prize(s):
A prize/prizes will be awarded: yes
number and value of the prize(s) to be awarded: There will be two awards. No budgetary provision is available to cover the salary or associated costs for the team. However, some of the costs of meeting with the ESS Core Scientific Team and National Coordinators will be met. Further details are available from the 'Call for Proposals' available from the ESS website.
IV.5.2)Details of payments to all participants
No payments will be made to participants.
IV.5.3)Follow-up contracts
Any service contract following the contest will be awarded to the winner or one of the winners of the contest: no
IV.5.4)Decision of the jury
The decision of the jury is binding on the contracting authority/entity: yes
IV.5.5)Names of the selected members of the jury
1. The Scientific Advisory Board of the ESS ERIC will select the two successful teams.

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:

Application forms can be downloaded from the ESS website (

Please ensure that you complete the correct application form according to whether you are submitting a proposal for a new or a repeat module.

Applications must be submitted by email as a PDF file to . Please ensure that ‘for the attention of Mary Keane' is included in the subject of the email. Applications submitted by post or fax will not be accepted.

All applications must be received by 17:00 UK time on 12.5.2014. Any applications received after this time will not be considered.
All applications will be acknowledged within a few days of receipt.
The two successful proposals will be posted on the ESS website.

If you have any questions please email .

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VI.3)Procedures for appeal
VI.3.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.3.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.3.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained
VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice: