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Studies focusing on particular topics



Global SOM
or "the SOM survey to Swedes living abroad", was a project that spanned two years finishing in late 2014. The survey targeted Swedish citizens registered as living abroad.

Postcards were sent to a random selection of 10 000 Swedes aged 18-75 and living outside of Sweden, asking them to take part in an online survey. Over 2 600 Swedes living in 103 different countries answered our questions, resulting in several reports and a book titled "Svenska utlandsröster" (only available in Swedish).
 



Young SOM, conducted in 2000, asked adolescents about their attitudes, values and social habits.

Young SOM involved 3000 adolescents in Västra Götaland County and the municipality of Kungsbacka and was part of the evaluation programme Morgondagens värderingar (Values of Tomorrow). It was carried out jointly with Region Västra Götaland. 
 



Community SOM consists of a series of local surveys in Western Sweden. The surveys started in 1996 and target different areas of the Gothenburg region.

All Community SOM surveys have concerned the topics of democracy and local services. The researchers have studied the influence of various features of the local communities, for example political decisions, local media and provision of public services, on residents’ attitudes and behaviour. The Institute has surveyed individuals aged 15–80 for example in the municipalities of Tjörn, Alingsås and Stenungsund and in the Gothenburg city districts Centrum, Majorna and Angered. In connection with the so-called Metropolitan Initiative in 2003, several studies targeted Gothenburg suburbs.
 



Class SOM, performed in 2008, explored working life and job conditions in Sweden. It was performed jointly by the SOM Institute and Social Class and Political Attitudes, a larger research project at the Department of Sociology, University of Gothenburg.

The Class SOM questionnaire consisted of typical SOM questions about politics, society, media and leisure habits but also a large set of work-related questions. The sample comprised 4000 individuals aged 16–85, and the study was carried out alongside National SOM 2008. 
 



Between 1993 and 2013 the SOM Institute conducted student surveys in order to learn what students thought about education and about society at large, Student SOM. The questionnaire was distributed to the students at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Gothenburg, on a yearly basis.

The main purpose of Student SOM, first performed in 1993, was to learn more about the students' views on their education and the social environment at the University of Gothenburg. The surveys also included questions about the students' backgrounds and why they made the choice to study at the university.

In the beginning, the questionnaires were handed out in connections with regular lectures. Eventually, the SOM Institute started distributing them by post, and during the last years of the survey they were entirely web based. The samples consisted of around 2500 students in their first or their second-to-last semester of a first cycle programme.
Results

The results were presented in an annual report that primarily addresses the students’ perceptions of their education. All annual reports are available (in Swedish) via the SOM Institute’s website.
 



Short SOM was conducted in 2007 to study the relationship between the number of questions in a SOM questionnaire and people’s willingness to respond. A second purpose was to find out to what extent people prefer to respond to a paper questionnaire and to a web-based one, respectively.

As the name suggests, Short SOM was a short version of the National SOM survey distributed that same year (2007). The sample frames were identical, but for Short SOM, the sample consisted of 3000 individuals. Half the sample had to respond by post while the other half could respond via the Internet (Textalk’s tool Websurvey). The SOM Institute was particularly interested in the how the length of a questionnaire affects the response rate, but they also wanted to identify which population groups prefer to respond via the Internet and which groups are willing to participate in a panel study.

The questionnaire was limited to ten pages of typical SOM questions about politics, society, media and leisure habits, but was complemented with a few questions about Internet habits. The field work was carried out alongside the national survey.

Somewhat disappointingly, the researchers found that the respondents’ willingness to be part of a SOM panel was rather limited. As a result, the planned formation of an SOM panel has been shelved.
 



e-SOM is the name of a web-based survey conducted in the spring of 2007. The purpose of the study was to find out whether responses from subjects recruited via the Internet, news websites and so-called political party tests are comparable with responses from a panel that is representative of the population at large.

e-SOM was based on an Internet panel compiled by researchers at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, in connection with their election studies. The SOM institute and the research team at the Department jointly developed an Internet questionnaire based on the questionnaire used for National SOM 2006. It targeted the members of the e-panel with the aim of exploring whether their social and lifestyle characteristics were similar to those of typical SOM survey respondents.

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