Organisational Structure and Working Principles

The ISSP is a self-funding association. The Programme consists of:

  • Countries which are ISSP members
  • The ISSP secretariat (2015-2018): GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany
  • The ISSP archive
  • Methodology research groups
  • The ISSP sub-groups drawn up within the ISSP
  • Drafting groups for modules
  • The ISSP Standing Committee

General meetings are held once a year in April or May. A major function of these meetings is to work on modules. At each meeting the next module is finalised, progress on the next but one is reviewed and planning for a third module is begun (the drafting group is elected). Programme meetings and surveys are conducted according to the ISSP working principles. These set out business procedures for meetings, for conducting surveys and for archiving data.

The working principles are available for download in a pdf file. The ISSP Secretariat coordinates official activities within the ISSP. Data and archiving inquiries apart, please direct any general inquiries about the ISSP to the secretariat.

The individual ISSP members adhere to high ethical standards. Please find the ethical statement here