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The Social Study

A scientific panel to capture life and public opinion in Belgium

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About the panel

Co-owned by all Belgian universities, The Social Study (TSS) is an advanced data collection infrastructure. The TSS panel comprises a representative group of 5.000 randomly selected Belgian citizens aged 16 and above. This infrastructure provides the scientific community with a valuable resource for collecting data and gaining insights into our society.

The Social Study panel facilitates high-quality survey research that requires a diverse and accurate representation of the Belgian population. Every year, panel members complete 6 to 10 questionnaires (15-20 minutes each) on a variety of topics of general interest. Panel members can complete questionnaires online or on paper. TSS fields a yearly core study questionnaire to gather basic information on economic situation, work, social attitudes, health, and personality traits of panel members. Additionally, TSS offers researchers from various disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences the opportunity to field their own surveys.

TSS covers a wide range of social, economic and behavioral topics, making it valuable to a wide range of researchers and policy makers. Besides, TSS provides exceptional opportunities for longitudinal and experimental research, positioning itself as a key player in innovative research in Belgium. Furthermore, our commitment to open science ensures that all data collected is made available to the research community. The data is available upon registration and exclusively for scientific purposes.

The Social Study is an initiative of all Belgian universities. It actively collaborates with research institutes and statistical authorities at various government levels (regional, federal, and local), which are considered important partners of this infrastructure project. The building of this scientific panel is made possible with the financial support of FWO-Flanders, F.R.S.-FNRS, and Statistics Flanders.

If you are interested in collecting data with the panel or wish to access TSS data, please visit the researchers’ website by clicking the button below.

If you have been invited to become a panel member or you already are a panel member, please visit the participants’ website by clicking the button below.

TSS News

3500 panelists

After 8 months, 3500 Belgians decided to join The Social Study. And we are still growing: Every 6 we…

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The official start of The Social Study

After an extensive preparation, The Social Study is starting this week! 18.000 randomly selected Bel…

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