International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)


ISSP is an on-going programme of cross-national research that covers a range of topics important within the social sciences. Its members are survey organizations from around the world, many of whom are affiliated with academic institutions, each representing one nation. Since 2005 Croatia has been represented by Institute for Social Research in Zagreb.
The ISSP implements rigorous standards of survey research in order to address the difficulties inherent in multinational survey research. Since its modest beginning in 1984 ISSP has grown to include 48 members, each of whom are responsible for the ISSP surveys being implemented in their country each year.
The annual topics for ISSP surveys are developed over several years, led by an elected sub-committee and pre-tested in various member countries. The annual plenary meeting then discusses and finalize the questionnaire which is fielded in all countries. Croatia (IDIZ) hosted the annual meeting in Cavtat in 2012 when it becomes a member of Standing Committee for 4 years.
The ISSP research concentrate especially on developing questions that are: 1) meaningful and relevant to all countries, and 2) can be expressed in an equivalent manner in all relevant languages. The ISSP data archive situated in GESIS Leibnitz Institute in Köln prepares a combined dataset that is freely available. Many topics are repeated at regular intervals, allowing researchers to examine cross-national variations and change over time.
ISSP marks several new departures in the area of cross-national research. First, the collaboration between organizations is not topic-specific nor intermittent, but routine and continual. Second, the on-going collaboration of the same institutions makes cross-national research a basic part of the national research agenda of each participating country. Third, ISSP principles require that all member institutions be involved in various phases of planning and designing survey modules, and each member has a say in decision making. Fourth, by combining a cross-time methodology with a cross-national perspective, two powerful research designs are being used to study societal processes.
On the national level they enable:

  • obtaining scientific knowledge and insights into structural and cultural changes in Croatian society as well as its differences in the international context
  • deeper understanding and explanation of different social phenomena
  • all IDIZ researchers to participate in themes of their interest
  • exclusive rights to use comparative data for two years before their free availability
  • recognising the rigorous methodological standards in articles sent to international reviews
  • an increase in the quality of scientific publications.

Networking in publishing with researchers from different institution in Croatia and abroad one of the ISSP goals is being realised. The ongoing publication on sustainable development is an example of such collaboration, which makes us more visible in Croatia and on international level as well.

Principal investigator:

Dinka Marinović Jerolimov



Ankica Marinović


Boris Jokić


Branko Ančić


Marija Brajdić Vuković

Centre for Croatian Studies of the University of Zagreb


Associate collaborators:

Iva Košutić


Mladen Domazet


Mirjana Adamović


Ivana Jugović


Ana Maskalan


External collaborators:

Ivan Cifrić

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb

Krešimir Kufrin

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb

Mislav Žitko

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb

Dražen Šimleša

Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar

Jelena Puđak

Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar

Vladimir Lay

Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar

Tvrtko Jolić

Institute of Philosophy and Centre for Croatian Studies of the University of Zagreb

Igor Matutinović

GFK Zagreb

Danijela Dolenec

Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

Živka Juričić

Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb

Siniša Zrinščak

Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Franziska Bieri

Department of Sociology University of Basel

Rumiana Stoilova

Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences