Overview of CONSIRT Research

CONSIRT research projects have led to numerous publications in prestigious academic journals. Projects supported by CONSIRT have been published as articles in Journal of Urban Affairs, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, World Politics, European Sociological Review, Perspectives on European Politics and Societies, International Journal of Sociology, International Review of the Sociology of Sport, Polish Sociological Review, Survey Methods Research, Quality and Quantity, and World Development, among others In addition, we published numerous chapters in edited volumes.

In recent years CONSIRT prepared numerous special issues of the International Journal of Sociology, Sociologias, the leading Brazilian sociological journal, and Studia Sociologia, a major sociological journal in Romania.

CONSIRT makes international collaboration with OSU and PAN faculty, students and alumni that leads to high quality publications a priority, and has a substantial track record in this regard.

In 2016, the Harmonization Team published the book, Democratic Values and Protest Behavior. Harmonization of Data from International Survey Projects. Slomczynski, Kazimierz M., Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, J. Craig Jenkins, with Marta Kołczyńska, Przemek Powałko, Ilona Wysmułek, Olena Oleksiyanko, Marcin W. Zieliński and Joshua K. Dubrow (Warsaw: IFiS Publishers. ISBN 978-83-7683-126-8).

Also in 2016, Joshua K. Dubrow and Nika Palaguta co-edited the book, Towards Electoral Control in Central and Eastern Europe (Warsaw: IFiS Publishers) based on the Electoral Control project.

In 2015, the book Political Inequality in an Age of Democracy: Cross-national Perspectives (London: Routledge) edited by Joshua K. Dubrow, OSU alumnus and Project and Labs Coordinator of CONSIRT, featured three chapters by OSU alumni and one by OSU faculty.

OSU and PAN students and alumni have published in other volumes, including in 2016, Dynamics of Social Structure: Poland’s Transformative Years, 1988–2013 (Warsaw: IFiS Publishers) edited by Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, with Danuta Życzyńska-Ciołek and Ilona Wysmułek and Social Inequality and the Life Course: Poland’s Transformative Years, 1988–2013 (Warsaw: IFiS Publishers) edited by Kazimierz M. Slomczynski and Ilona Wysmułek. These books are free to read online.

Other books include National and European? Polish Political Elite in Comparative Perspective (edited by Wlodzimierz Wesolowski, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski and Joshua K. Dubrow, 2010, Warsaw: IFiS Publishers), and Tożsamość, Zaufanie, Integracja (Identity, Trust, Integration, edited by Wlodzimierz Wesolowski and Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, 2012, Warsaw: IFiS Publishers). The book Continuity and Change in Social Life: Structural and Psychological Adjustment in Poland (edited by K. M. Slomczynski and Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, 2007, Warsaw: IFiS Publishers, an outlet of the Polish Academy of Sciences) features many OSU graduate students and alumni.

In cooperation with CONSIRT, the monograph Sociological Tools Measuring Occupations: New Classification and Scales, by Henryk Domański, Zbigniew Sawiński and K. M. Slomczynski introduced new software for panel data analysis (Warsaw: IFiS Publishers, 2009).

The Ohio State University Libraries and Polish Academy of Sciences co-Publish Ask: Research and Methods

In 2014, CONSIRT facilitated an agreement between The Ohio State University and the Polish Academy of Sciences to co-publish Ask: Research and Methods, an English language, international peer-reviewed social science methodology journal. Published annually since 1995 by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology and indexed in leading bibliographic research databases, via the agreement with The Ohio State University and a grant from the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Ask: Research and Methods has become an open access journal. OSU alumni involved with CONSIRT are on the editorial staff and editorial board. Graduate students from OSU and Poland work under the guidance of CONSIRT faculty as assistants in the process of academic publishing in the social sciences. ASK has published leading methodologists from the USA, Europe, and Latin America.

Standards for Cross-National Research

CONSIRT promotes high quality standards for interdisciplinary cross-national research. To this end, CONSIRT is developing guidelines on several issues that researchers and funding agencies have recently raised, namely:

(1)  Documentation of cross-national studies for secondary analysis;

(2)  Ethical considerations in cross-national research, including protection of human subjects;

(3)  Understanding the local (national) academic environment as a prerequisite for high-quality cross-national projects.

Promoting standards for cross-national research is explicit in our major endeavor on survey data harmonization in the social sciences, carried out jointly with the OSU Mershon Center within the Harmonization Project (dataharmonization.org), funded by Poland’s National Science Centre and by the National Science Foundation. In the field of cross-national survey research, CONSIRT is doing groundbreaking work in developing a new theoretical approach to analyzing existing international survey projects.

Data Collection, Analysis, and Management

CONSIRT is strongly involved in gathering, analyzing and managing data relevant for cross-national and comparative studies.

Our flagship is the Harmonization Project that sets out to create comparable measurements of political protest, social values, and demographics via ex-post harmonization of variables from international survey projects and append them with macro-level variables from external sources. The project Democratic Values and Protest Behavior: Data Harmonization, Measurement Comparability, and Multi-Level Modeling is a joint endeavor of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, The Ohio State University, and was partially financed by the Polish National Science Centre in the framework of the Harmonia grant competition (2012/06/M/HS6/00322) from 2012- 2015.

The core of our empirical base in this project are data from international survey studies. Altogether, we collected 1721 national samples from 89 waves and 22 projects, covering 142 countries/territories in a time span of 47 years, and a total of over 2.2 million respondents. These data are now publicly available in Harvard University’s Dataverse (dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/sdr).

In 2017, the Harmonization Project team, led by Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, and J. Craig Jenkins (The Ohio State University), received a new four-year, 1.4 million USD award from the National Science Foundation for the project, “Survey Data Recycling: New Analytic Framework, Integrated Database and Tools for Cross-National Social, Behavioral and Economic Research” (SDR). The award will support the development of a harmonized database derived from more than 3,000 national surveys administered over five decades to more than 3.5 million respondents from more than 150 countries. The project begins September 2017. IFiS is the main subcontractor of the project.

The Polish Panel Survey, POLPAN, conducted on a national sample of Polish citizens in five year waves beginning with 1988, represents a foundational data source for CONSIRT. Over the years, POLPAN has drawn the attention of both faculty and students, who have been actively involved at various stages of its planning and implementation. Many former and current OSU and PAN graduate students are among participants of conferences, workshops and seminars.

CONSIRT provides its members with access to unique datasets on political elites in countries of Central and Eastern Europe. EAST PaC (electoralcontrol.org) data contain information on parliamentarians and candidates from the end of the Communist era to the most recent election. CONSIRT has also coordinated surveys of Polish parliamentarians on the topics of gender, representation and inequality in 2005, 2009 and 2011.

Conferences and Conference Sessions

CONSIRT has organized numerous international conferences that have brought together established and up-and-coming scholars across disciplines and countries. For a full list, see Conference and Conference Sessions.

Grants

CONSIRT, together with the Research Team on Comparative Analysis of Social Inequalities at IFiS PAN, has been involved and co-managed major grants.

From the National Science Foundation (USA):

“Survey Data Recycling: New Analytic Framework, Integrated Database and Tools for Cross-National Social, Behavioral and Economic Research” (2017 – 2020), Irina Tomescu-Dubrow, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, and J. Craig Jenkins are the Principle Investigators.

From the National Science Centre (Poland):

Joint research efforts between CONSIRT faculty at OSU and IFiS PAN, and at other institutions around the world, have resulted in grants from the (US) National Science Foundation and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the American Council of Learned Societies, IREX, the Research Council of Norway, and Polish institutions: the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Committee for Scientific Research, and Poland’s National Science Centre. The OSU Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the OSU College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences have also supported CONSIRT projects. CONSIRT will continue to seek financial support, including at its founding institutions.

 

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