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/p>II.1)DescriptionII.1.1)Title attributed to the design contest/project by the contracting authority/entity: ESS9 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)

ESS ERIC HQ (c/o City University London)
Centre for Comparative Social Surveys, City University, Northampton Square
For the attention of: Sarah Butt
EC1V OHB London
UNITED KINGDOM
Telephone: +44 2070404162
E-mail:
Fax: +44 207040-4900

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority/entity: www.europeansocialsurvey.org

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.mytenders.org/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA0826

Electronic access to information: http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/methodology/questionnaire/call_for_proposals.html

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: European Research Infrastructure Consortium (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)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the design contest/project by the contracting authority/entity:
ESS9 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 9 of the ESS to be fielded in September 2018.

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. Seven rounds of the survey have already been conducted covering over 30 nations and employing the most rigorous survey methodology. A fully-documented multinational dataset is publically available from the ESS Data Archive. Fieldwork for Round 8 will start in September 2016. Further information about the ESS is available at www.europeansocialsurvey.org

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 3 and up to 5 subject specialists. Team members should be based in at least 3 different ESS countries with at least 1 team member from an ESS ERIC Member or Observer country.
Applications are invited for both ‘new’ rotating modules and for ‘repeats’ of prior modules.
Two modules will be selected for Round 9 by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the ESS ERIC. The SAB may decide to select two 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 8 the SAB selected 1 new and 1 repeat module.
The SAB is looking to select modules which will address a key academic or policy concern within the European arena, which will add significantly to the European knowledge base, and will have wide appeal within academia and beyond. Modules should be underpinned by a strong theoretical model and coherent conceptual framework.
Each ESS rotating module contains up to 30 standardised closed survey questions and must be suitable to be fielded as part of a general social survey alongside questions on other political and social topics. Modules must be suitable to be fielded as part of a face-to-face repeated cross-sectional survey rather than requiring self-completion or a panel design. The ESS is a representative general population survey of individuals and therefore particularly lends itself to topics that can be asked of everyone rather than specific sub-samples of the population. It must be possible to develop equivalent questions to be fielded in a range of cultural and institutional settings across Europe including countries outside of the EU.
Where a repeat module is proposed, there should be clear evidence that the previous module achieved its intended measurement objectives and that the data have been widely used. There should be a convincing case for repetition in 2018-19.
II.1.3)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

79315000

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Criteria for the selection of participants:
Eligibility:
- Applications must be made by teams of between 3 and 5 scholars, located in at least three different ESS countries. At least 1 applicant must be from an ESS ERIC Member or Observer country (See Appendix 2 for a list of ESS countries).
- No SAB member may apply (or be part of an extended team that applies) for a question design module.
- If a member of the SAB wants to participate in any way in an ESS question module application, he or she should indicate this in due time and resign from the SAB.
Selection criteria and procedures:
The 2, Round 9 rotating modules will be selected by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the ESS. Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:
Stage 1:
Relevance:
- Is the proposed topic relevant and timely to academic and policy debates in Europe?
- How will the module add to our understanding of the topic theoretically and/or empirically?
- Will the module have wide appeal to academic and non-academic audiences?
Suitability for the ESS:
- What is the value of fielding the module as part of the ESS i.e. a cross-national general social survey of the general population rather than a more specialist survey?
- Is the design of the ESS (30 standardised closed survey questions fielded on a face-to-face cross-sectional general population survey fielded in diverse institutional and cultural settings) appropriate for the module?
Research team:
- Does the proposed QDT have the necessary substantive and survey experience and expertise to make the module a success?
- Does the team contain representatives from at least three different ESS countries, including an ESS ERIC member or observer country?
The SAB will judge whether an application is considered to meet each of the 3 requirements outlined above on a simple pass/fail basis. Applications which fail to meet 1 or more of the three requirements will be rejected.
Applications which are judged to meet each of the 3 criteria outlined above will be shortlisted and invited to submit a more detailed proposal for consideration at Stage 2.
Stage 2:
Stage 2 proposals will be evaluated according to the three criteria used at Stage 1 (with more detail expected at Stage 2) plus the following additional criteria:
Theoretical coherence:
- Is the module underpinned by a well-defined conceptual theoretical model?
Feasibility of implementation:
- Is it viable to operationalise the proposed concepts cross-nationally using 30 items in the time available (c. 18 months)?
- Are there any anticipated methodological or practical difficulties in developing the module and, if so, suggestions for how these might be overcome?
Dissemination plans:
- Do the team have a well thought out and credible plan for the timely dissemination of findings from the module to different academic and non-academic audiences?
The SAB will select the 2, Round 9 rotating modules from among the Stage 2 applications received.
III.2)Information about a particular profession

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of contest
Open
IV.2)Names of participants already selected
IV.3)Criteria to be applied in the evaluation of projects:
Relevance:
- Is the proposed topic relevant and timely to academic and policy debates in Europe?
- How will the module add to our understanding of the topic theoretically and/or empirically?
- Will the module have wide appeal to academic and non-academic audiences?
Suitability for the ESS:
- What is the value of fielding the module as part of the ESS i.e. a cross-national general social survey of the general population rather than a more specialist survey?
- Is the design of the ESS (30 standardised closed survey questions fielded on a face-to-face cross-sectional general population survey fielded in diverse institutional and cultural settings) appropriate for the module?
Research team:
- Does the proposed QDT have the necessary substantive and survey experience and expertise to make the module a success?
- Does the team contain representatives from at least three different ESS countries, including an ESS ERIC member or observer country?
Theoretical coherence:
- Is the module underpinned by a well-defined conceptual theoretical model?
Feasibility of implementation:
- Is it viable to operationalise the proposed concepts cross-nationally using 30 items in the time available (c. 18 months)?
- Are there any anticipated methodological or practical difficulties in developing the module and, if so, suggestions for how these might be overcome?
Dissemination plans:
- Do the team have a well thought out and credible plan for the timely dissemination of findings from the module to different academic and non-academic audiences?
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
Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 1.12.2015
IV.4.3)Time-limit for receipt of projects or requests to participate
Date: 11.1.2016 - 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
English.
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: 2 Question Module Design Teams will be selected. Teams will not be paid for their time but expenses for attending meetings will be reimbursed.
IV.5.2)Details of payments to all participants
Participants will not be paid for the time spent designing an ESS module. Travel expenses to attend meetings with the ESS Core Scientific Team and National Coordinators will be covered.
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

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds
VI.2)Additional information:
(MT Ref: 163611).
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:
30.9.2015