Centre for Methods and Standards CMS

The Centre for Method and Standards (CMS) suggests the standards to be agreed by the Scientific Board, in close collaboration with the other centres. It implements the agreed standards to be used in future data collection in order to facilitate the later data integration and usage across projects. The proposed host for the CMS is the Department of Political Science of the University of Gothenburg.

The CMS’s role is to reflect upon and prepare standards, so that the decisions can be made by the Scientific Board. CMS also provides expertise on methodology of relevance for MEDem operations, both in developing “best standards” as to collect and disseminate methodological expertise within the MEDem community.


The main tasks of the Competence centre for Methods and Standards (CMS) include:

  • To coordinate and promote developments and agreements of standards between the centres;

  • To promote agreement about harmonization standards between the different areas covered in the Competence Centres and oversee the implementation of those standards;

  • To organize negotiations between centres and between those and the national nodes in order to involve as many as possible future users in the deliberations on post-harmonization and pre-harmonization Standards of measurement: the development and harmonization of measurement instruments for making the different studies comparable (e.g. in elite and voter surveys, or CHES with voter surveys etc.), creation of scales and indices;

  • Expertise on various modes of data collection, tests on new modes of data collection;

  • Analysis of complex and heterogeneous datasets; defining data imputation and weighting of heterogeneous data sets;

  • Develop techniques to cope with the new type of data MEDem aims at creating;

  • Organize events for scholars interested in MEDem methodology, such as summer/winter schools, scientific workshops and conferences, jointly with the outreach unit of the main office.


At a later stage, MEDem shall also be used as an innovation platform for new research. This can include new types of data or modules of data collection to be integrated in the different sub-parts of MEDem. MEDem shall in the future, and in close collaboration with the existing projects, design and establish procedures (such as calls for modules, as well as review- and decision-making procedures) that allow for innovation and make sure that new scientific topics can be studied by using different MEDem components. CMS will also be an innovation platform for new research, this can be new type of data or for modules of data collection to be integrated in the different sub-parts of MEDem.

The CMS may organize its work in creating different units along the type of data, or the type of tasks. This will be defined at a later stage.