In carrying out this research, project members of the Value of Work project analyse information from a wide range of sources. We use existing data (secondary data analysis), survey data that is collected on our behalf and data that we collect ourselves.

Existing data sources

Existing sources that we use for our research include the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) (in particular the modules on work orientation), the European Values Study (EVS) and World Values Survey (WVS) and the European Working Conditions Surveys (EWCS). We also use data and (research) reports from universities, departments and other organizations in a specific area.

Survey research

In a survey, part of the Dutch population is asked questions about a specific subject. On the basis of chance, a person sample is drawn from the Dutch population. These persons are then invited to participate. The answers of the participants are used to arrive at generally valid statements for and about the Dutch population. The Value of Work Monitor (WWM) is a large-scale survey among the Dutch population.

Qualitative research

In qualitative research, a smaller group of respondents is asked to participate in a study, for example to gain more in-depth knowledge about the relation between the value of work and the organization, institutions or the broader context in which people live and work. In this way, more insight can be gained into the ‘why’ of human actions. An example of qualitative research is conducting in-depth interviews. Someone could for instance be asked to talk about what a certain policy proposal or decision means for that person.