The outputs from the project had an impact on academics involved in research and teaching on European Union politics, public opinion and electoral democracy. Specifically, we have collaborated closely with two international networks of scholars and graduate students. First, ELECDEM, a Marie Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) that brings together 11 expert teams from across Europe to provide training in electoral research to early stage researchers (ESRs). One of the ESRs involved in the project, Traci Wilson (Oxford), has based her doctoral thesis on the data collected in this project. Second, the EES Association and PIREDEU, a pan-European collaborative network of scholars studying electoral democracy in the EU.
Evidence indicates that the data are already being used by a large group of social scientists, including both graduate students and senior academics: between May 2010 and November 2011 the datasets had been requested 1892 times, and more than 300 times between March and July 2012. There are currently 1,006 registered users of the PIREDEU online data centre, located in the UK, Europe and North America.
The scientific findings have reached scholars on public opinion and multi-level system in both Europe and North America. We have presented project findings in the following places: Bergen University (Norway), Brussels (Belgium), Indiana University (US), London School of Economics (UK), Simon Fraser University (Canada), University of Colorado (US), University of Essex (UK), University of Manneheim (Germany), University of Michigan (US) and at the APSA, ECPR, MPSA, PSPE and UACES annual conferences.
The publication of research papers in leading international political science journals ( e.g. the Journal of Politics and Comparative Political Studies), as well as in a top EU journal, Journal of Common Market Studies, attests to the broad scientific impact of this project on the political science and European studies scholarly communities.