Providing an Infrastructure for Research on Electoral Democracy in the European Union (PIREDEU). Capacity Programme co-funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme.

The Department of Methods in the Social Sciences is part of the Steering Committee of the PIREDEU, a pan-European project funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme (2008-2011). The project assesses the scientific and technical feasibility of an upgrade to the European Election Studies that will provide an infrastructure for research into citizenship, political participation, and electoral democracy in the European Union. A pilot study conducted in the context of the 2009 elections to the European parliament will collect all of the relevant types of data in all 27 EU member states, providing the initial content for a prototype database. A key element of the PIREDEU pilot study is consultation with the wider research community, through an open procedure. The PIREDEU Open Forum invites researchers to submit proposals, so that scholars consider them when designing the data collection instruments. In particular, the Department of Methods in the Social Sciences research team contributes to the design of the survey of citizens (Voter Survey) for the 2009 European Elections.