The ‘Cultural Changes In The Netherlands’ Survey 2000
Cultural Changes in the Netherlands is a longitudinal survey in which a representative sample of the Dutch population aged 16 and over is interviewed at regular intervals. The survey was carried out annually until 1998, since when it has been held every two years. The aim of the project is to construct opinion time series. The questionnaires used consist of selections of questions taken from earlier surveys, which are presented verbatim. The Social and Cultural Planning Office of the Netherlands (SCP) carried out the first survey in 1975; that survey was itself based on earlier surveys, the results of which had been stored in a databank, the Steinmetz Archive. The project is organised and funded by SCP, a Dutch government agency whose task is to describe the status of welfare in the Netherlands and to advise the government on its welfare policy.
The survey samples are representative and generally comprise around 2,000 respondents. The response rate can be calculated in various. It is reasonable to assume that, at the level of individual respondents, the response rate at the end of the 1990s was approximately 37%. Respondents are given face-to-face interviews, but also have an opportunity to fill in some question blocks themselves.
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