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Data in high demand

SOM data is in high demand. The results are often used in Government reports and by researchers from a range of disciplines.

Research: The fact that the results of SOM studies can be used in so many contexts has led researchers to utilise the data in a vast number of different analyses. SOM is one of the most requested sources of data at the Swedish National Data Service (SND).

Doctoral thesis: Over the last 20 years, around 35 doctoral theses have relied on SOM data, either entirely or in part. Most of them have been written in political or media and communication science, but several other disciplines are on the list as well. Christopher Kullenberg, Ph.D. in Philosophy of science, has written a doctoral thesis about the SOM institute and it's methodology: The Quantification of Society. A Study of a Swedish Research Institute and Survey-Based Social Science.

Government reports: SOM data have been used in several Swedish official Government reports, such as SOU 2001:65, SOU 2003:91, SOU 2004:47, SOU 2008:43 and SOU 2012:65. SOM data were also used in the Swedish Agency for Public Management’s report Perceptions of Public Administration (Swedish Agency for Public Management, Report 2009:1).

Media and public opinion: The results of various SOM surveys are frequently spotted in Swedish media. Statistics from the University of Gothenburg show that SOM is one of the most frequently cited sources with respect to social science research – maybe even the most frequently cited source in recent years. This means that SOM data play an important role in the public debate and are visible in numerous articles and books.

Politics: Politicians also use SOM analyses. In a study of how often different polls are referred to in the Parliament from 2002 to 2007, the SOM Institute came in third out of twelve. Only Tns-Sifo and Temo/Synovate placed higher, and add to this that the SOM Institute showed a positive trend.

The SOM Institute

The SOM Institute
Box 710
S-405 30 Gothenburg

Visiting Address:
Seminariegatan 1B
413 13 Gothenburg

46 (0)31 786 3300

46 (0)31 786 4780


Page Manager: The SOM-institute|Last update: 11/26/2014

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