The European MSM Internet Survey
As of April 2023, several Western European countries have announced their interest in providing a financial contribution for repeating EMIS, with data collection planned for late 2023.
We are currently busy updating the questionnaire and we need your input! In times of decreasing attention spans, our aim is to shorten the questionnaire. Also, we would like to have the survey more inclusive, and explicitly invite trans women and non-binary persons to this survey. If you want to give feedback on the questionnaire and promotion plans, please click here.
There is funding for a German, Turkish, and Arabic language version from Germany, and funding for an Albanian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bulgarian, Georgian, Kazakh, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian , Serbo-Croat-Bosnian, and Ukrainian questionnaire version for covering countries of the EU enlargement area, the EU Eastern Partnership, and in Central Asia.
Apart from that, the following European countries have announced financial contributions: BE, CH, EE, ES, IE, IL, LU, NL, NO, PT, and SE. One of the key benefits of EMIS has been the possibility of filling-in the questionnaire in all official languages of the European Economic Area, particularly important for countries with large proportions of migrants from Southern, Eastern, or South-eastern Europe.
No funding is yet available for Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, and Slovak. ECDC might be able to help with co-funding for the participation of countries that are interested but unable to provide funding themselves, which likely covers Czech, Hungarian, Latvian, Polish, and Slovene. With the exception of Icelandic and Danish, we are still confident to get these language versions funded, as well as the associated networking, coordination, and data-management work.
The multi-language-survey would be hosted at Maastricht University, the coordination would be organised in collaboration with Aids Action Europe at Deutsche Aidshilfe – for the EEA countries, the UK and Switzerland –, and with Robert Koch Institute – for countries of the EU enlargement area, the EU Eastern Partnership, and in Central Asia.
The aforementioned three partners would collectively provide the following:
- Re-establishment of the EMIS network, that is identification of and collaboration with academic, community, and governmental partners, in most if not all countries covered. Community partners are essential for the promotion of the survey and results.
- Communication with academic, community, and governmental partners
- Coordination of questionnaire update, translation and consolidation
- Upload of up to 32 (if fully covered) language versions
- Hosting of the multi-language questionnaires
- Promotion of the survey. Deutsche Aidshilfe and Aids Action Europe are well positioned to reach out to European NGO partners
- Recruitment monitoring to ensure adequate coverage of all European countries
- Data cleaning
- Contract management for national and international datasets
- Project website maintenance
- Drafting of variable manual and templates for national reports
- Data management after data collection
Deutsche Aidshilfe would be the contractual partner for all EEA countries (except Germany and the Netherlands) and ECDC, who “buy-in” for participation. National organisations who are willing to co-fund EMIS-2023, would receive the following after the end of data collection and cleaning:
- A cleaned and labelled national dataset of EMIS-2023 for their country for unconditional use (pooling of several national datasets is not allowed, and of course, all publications will need to mention/acknowledge the respective methods paper, all funders, and all core investigators) in SPSS or STATA format, based on a data transfer agreement (DTA) with Maastricht University.
- A variable manual
- A framework / template for a national analysis that mirrors the European Report