Светът за нас

От 1994г. досега Агенцията за социални анализи (АСА) е националният представител на България в най-мащабната в света международна научна инфраструктура  (International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) с успешно осъществени 21 тематични модула. От 2005 до 2019г. като официален български представител в престижния академичен проект (European Social Survey (ESS) АСА е реализирала 5 негови издания.  Активното участие на Агенцията в двете програми са й спечелили широко международно признание. По различни поводи  учени и изследователи от 5 континента споделят своите виждания за мястото и приноса на Агенцията за социални анализи (АСА) към световната емпирична социология.

Ето някои от тях:

Professor Sir Roger Jowell (1942 – 2011)

to the collective monography “Wellbeing and Trust: Bulgaria in Europe?” (2010)

When the ESS started its life in 2001, a great deal was expected of it. Learning from the experience of other pioneering cross-national studies, such as the Eurobarometers, the European Value Surveys, the World Values Survey and the International Social Survey Programme, it was designed to produce high quality evidence about how citizens in more than 30 nations in Europe see themselves, one another and their collective world.
To achieve this ambitious aim, we needed to devise a ‘bulletproof’ means of achieving the same or closely equivalent data within every participating country. In the absence of strong equivalence, any comparisons between countries would be suspect. So, the defining feature of the ESS is its conformity to a meticulous common specification that applies both to its methods and its questionnaire. The outcome, we believe, is a cross-national dataset of unusual quality and reliability.
The findings and analyses in this book are based on Rounds 3 AND 4 of the ESS, with participation by 25 and 30 European countries respectively - among them Bulgaria. I have been able so far to read only a synopsis of the book in English and a translation of the contents page, but I am greatly impressed by the breadth of the book’s
coverage and am greatly looking forward to reading the planned abridged English version.
It has been an absolute pleasure working with our Bulgarian colleagues, coordinated so ably by Dr Lilia Dimova and supported on the sampling tasks by Professor Atanas Atanasov, on the data analysis tasks by Professor Nikolai Tilkidjiev and on the statistical tasks by Dr. Martin Dimov. Dr. Dimova and her Agency for Social
Analysis (ASA) also worked closely with the central ESS Coordinating Team in piloting the questionnaires and subsequently advised us on revisions to questions that had clearly not travelled well – always a hazard in comparative research.
In the last six years or so, several books and articles based on ESS data have appeared in several languages. Some have focused on particular topics. Others have examined European attitudes and values from the perspective of a single country. This book is one of the few to encompass such a wide range of topics and
such an imaginative collection of themes. It promises to make an important scholarly contribution and I warmly wish it well.

Professor Sir Roger Jowell
ISSP and ESS co-founder and International Coordinator


    Professor Tom Smith

Senior Fellow Tom Smith, Chicago University, USA
Director of NORC"s Center for the Study of Politics and
Director of the General Social Survey (GSS) since 1980 - one
of NORC"s most visible projects and one of the USA most
heavily utilized datasets
Co-founder and former Secretary General of the
International Social Survey Program (ISSP)
The Agency for Social Analyses (ASA) in Bulgaria is celebrating its 25th anniversary
in 2019. There are abundant reasons for celebration since ASA has made major
contributions to the social sciences in Bulgaria and beyond. The ASA"s global
contributions have come mainly from its participation in important cross-national
surveys such as the International Social Survey Program (ISSP) and the European
Social Survey (ESS). Lilia Dimova started Bulgaria"s participation in the ISSP by
conducting its 1992 Social Inequality and 1993 Environment studies at the
Institute for Trade Union Social Research.When she founded the ASA in 1994,
ISSP in Bulgaria continued under its auspices.

In 2014 the ASA become co-founder
and key member of a Consortium aiming to
guarantee country’s participation in
the ISSP and ESS. Altogether Bulgaria has
carried out 20 ISSP studies, including the
latest in 2018 on Religion, as well as
5 ESS modules – all project funded.

Due to its
contribution to both prestige programmes Bulgaria is well recognized and
respected by international social science community. The long, ISSP series
places Bulgarian society in comparative perspective and studies societal change
Bulgaria since on the ISSP studies topics and individual measures are regularly
replicated, usually at 10-year intervals. As co-founder of the ISSP, I have attended
many ISSP meetings with Dr. Dimova and have personally observed her strong
commitment to advancing the social sciences in general and contributing to the
ISSP in particular. It is only through the dedications of scholars like her that the
ISSP has grown and thrived. I thank her and her colleagues at ASA for their longterm
and continuing contributions to the ISSP and the ESS.

Ms. Mary Keane, City University of London, UK

ESS ERIC Administrator, ESS ERIC HQ

 ...I am just sorry that Sir Roger Jowell – co-founder of the (International Social Survey Programme – ISSP) and European Social Survey (ESS) – is no longer with us as I am sure he would have liked to pass on his admiration for...  a quarter of a century (Bulgaria) being on the world map of academic social survey research - first with the ISSP since 1994 and then with the ESS since 2005.

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     Prof. Rory Fitzgerald; Director, ESS ERIC City, University of London

Dear Lilia,

 You made a very significant contribution to the overall direction of the ESS…acted as an advocate for the ESS, never giving up on the quest to get Bulgaria to become a member of ESS ERIC...

 On behalf of the ESS I would like to thank you for your commitment to the survey and infrastructure. I know that Roger Jowell was also very grateful for your work.



     Prfessor  Dominique Joye  University of Lausanne; Affiliated Researcher at FORS; Chair of the Methodological Committee of the ISSP


 ... The Bulgarian experience, and the exchanges between countries and the Methodological committee, is clearly an element of survey quality that was of prime importance in the country as well as for the ISSP as a whole. And of course, we hope that such a cooperation will last for many years.


        Professor Noah Lewin-Epstein, Israel

 pas Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences;  Tel Aviv University, Israel; Former General Secretary of the ISSP

Dear Lilia,...Your pointed comments during our General Assembly discussions have been invaluable,
and your contributions to the development of the Work Orientation module, on
which we worked together, were always on target...

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Professor MaxHaller, Austria

Department of Sociology, University of Graz; Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna; Lecturer at the Universities of Vienna, Graz, Corvinus University Budapest and Charles University Prague; Founding member of the ISSP

...Dr. Dimova is one of the most reliable participants in the annual ISSP Working Conferences. Through her many valuable comments and proposals during those meetings she also made valuable contributions to the topics and questionnaires developed by ISSP...

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Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf, Germany Dr. Evi Scholz, Germany

President of GESIS
ISSP General Secretary

German ISSP

...From its very beginning in 1994, having fulfilled the methodological and funding requirements to run Bulgaria"s ISSP appropriately and with a long-term perspective, ASA became a highly welcomed member of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)…

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Knut Kalgraff Skjåk, Norway

Associate Director of the NSD, Norway; Former General Secretary of the ISSP

Since Bulgaria became a member of the ISSP in 1994, ASA has made important contributions to the ISSP… fielded almost all ISSP modules, producing stable and long-term time series...and has contributed to the ISSP methodology in general…
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Dr. Jarè Struwig, South Africa

Chief Research Manager; Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery (DGSD)

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

 …Throughout the years Bulgaria played a vital role in the ISSP, both in terms of contributing to theoretical arguments and in terms of practical suggestions on survey content.. and we hope to continue serving on the ISSP together with Lilia for the next 25 years!

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