International Projects

The Netherlands Institute for Social Research ¦ SCP is involved in research at European and international level in a number of fields. There are several reasons for this.

Why international?

Blurring borders

International trends are just that - international - and by definition do not stop at national borders. As a consequence, things such as international terrorism, rising or falling oil prices and the credit crisis have major consequences for the everyday lives of Dutch people.

EU policy

A great deal of social and cultural policy is today developed at EU level, and this also affects the lives of the Dutch.

Frame of reference

Trends in other countries can serve as a frame of reference for the Netherlands and/or help provide a clearer insight into the Dutch situation.

Scientific community

Looking beyond the national borders is important if SCP staff are to keep up with developments in the world scientific community.

European projects and comparative studies

SCP participates in the following European projects and comparative studies:

  • Core Scientific team European Social Survey
  • EU Kids Online: opportunities and threats of ICT use by young people (contact within SCP: Jos de Haan)
  • Update of the publication Countries compared on public performance (Public sector achievement in 36 countries)
  • Causes and Consequences of Early Socio-Cultural Integration Processes Among New Immigrants in Europe, part of Norface programme (contact within SCP: Mérove Gijsberts)

International networks

SCP staff are affiliated to numerous international networks, including:

  • European Group on Museum Statistics (EGMUS)
    (contact within SCP: Andries van den Broek)
  • European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Working Group on the Gender Equality Index
    (contact within SCP: Ans Merens)
  • European network on measurement of sportsparticipation
    (contact within SCP: Annet Tiessen-Raaphorst)
  • European Social Reporting Network
    (contact within SCP: Rob Bijl)
  • European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC)
    (contact within SCP: Ineke Stoop)
  • International Association for Time Use Research (IATUR)
    (contact within SCP: Jos de Haan)
  • International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE)
    (contact within SCP: Rob Bijl)
  • International Political Science Association - RC29 Political Psychology  (IPSA)
    (contact within SCP: Paul Dekker)
  • International Sociological Association: Research Committee 55 on Social Indicators
    (contact within SCP: Rob Bijl)
  • International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS)
    (contact within SCP: Jeroen Boelhouwer)
  • International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)
    (contact within SCP: Paul Dekker)
  • International workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse
    (contact within SCP: Ineke Stoop)
  • International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation (CSDI)
    (contact within SCP: Ineke Stoop)

International databases

SCP researchers use data on countries outside the Netherlands in several publications. The following list contains links to frequently used international databases:

  • Eurobarometer (EB)
  • European Social Survey (ESS)
  • European Values Study (EVS)
  • Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC)
  • International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
  • Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)
  • World Values Survey (WVS)