About surveys

Learn about the social, panel and other surveys COMPASS administers.

Before we were COMPASS, many of our staff were involved in the National Primary Medical Care Survey (NatMedCa), investigating the activities of doctors and others in primary care. There was always a survey bent in our DNA, and in 2007 we set up the New Zealand Social Science Data Service, an online data repository using NESSTAR software to enable access to and analysis of a number of social surveys that had been conducted in New Zealand, including the New Zealand Election Study (NZES) and the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). In 2011, COMPASS took over the administration of the NZES, and in 2013, the ISSP, and has been contracted to run several other surveys since that time. Now, what we had in NESSTAR is held in the University of Auckland's Figshare repository, and we use the data sets in our own research methods teaching, as well as making them available to other researchers. And we are moving into panel surveys with the establishment of the People's Online Panel of New Zealand (POPNZ).