CORS is a research center that coordinates and provides accessibility to infrastructure for research within the social sciences.
CORS research focuses on human values, behavior, attitudes, preferences, opinions, health and quality of life, and aims to make comparisons across different countries.
The Swedish representation of some of the largest, most influential and most widely used survey research programs, nationally and internationally, are part of CORS. These include; the European Social Survey (ESS), the European Values Study (EVS), the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) and the Swedish National Election Studies (SNES). Also a member of CORS is the Laboratory of Opinion Research (LORE), an organization within the University of Gothenburg, devoted to conduct data collection through web questionnaires.
Alongside practicing research and data collection, CORS is engaging in several outreach activities, for example seminars, conferences, courses, popular science publications and the building of knowledge about comparative research within the social sciences.
Funding for CORS is provided by the Swedish Research Council, Umeå University, Gothenburg University and Mid Sweden University.
The Director of CORS is professor Mikael Hjerm and the CORS headquarters are located at the Department of Sociology, Umeå University.