The ELIPSS panel (Longitudinal Internet Studies for Social Sciences) is an online survey instrument for the scientific community. It aims to address the lack of questionnaire survey tools specific to the French researchers in humanities and social sciences.
ELIPSS is an online panel that is representative of the population living in metropolitan France. Panel members are randomly selected by the French National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) and provided with a touchscreen tablet and a mobile Internet subscription so that they can participate in monthly surveys. The surveys are developed by researchers and selected by a scientific and technical committee. Its probability-based sample and scientific purpose make the Internet panel of the DIME-SHS (Data, infrastructures and survey methods in the humanities and social sciences) equipment of excellence the first of its kind in France, and its mobile web dimension makes it the first of its kind in Europe.
Within the DIME-SHS consortium, the Sciences Po’s Center for Socio-Political Data is responsible for the implementation set-up of the ELIPSS panel, in partnership with the Survey Service of the National French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED).
The pilot study was composed of 1039 panel members recruited in 2012. 848 of them were still participating in the panel in September 2015. In 2016, 2500 new panel members joined the ELIPSS panel.