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. 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. 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. 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 have joined the ELIPSS panel. was established in 2012 by selecting a sample of 4500 individuals with residence in mainland France (excluding Corsica), as part of the Census Annual Survey (EAR). A new random sample of 9000 persons was drawn in 2016, and from this sample 2514 people was willing to participate in the Survey. A combination of recruitment tools has been used; face-to-face, mail, telephone. The scope of the survey is ordinary household members with primary residence in France between the ages 18-80 years old. The sample selection used is stratified multistage cluster. TNS Sofres and Ipsos has been used to collect the samples.