The curation of the SASAS data at the HSRC, allows for these data sets to also be discoverable via the HSRC Research Data Service. Following discovery, a it can be downloaded for secondary analysis or be analysed online using Nesstar.

The data corresponding to the International Social Survey Programme modules are archived and released together with the data from the other member countries on the programme‚Äôs website free of charge. Similarly, the public release of the European Social Survey modules that were replicated in the 2015 SASAS round have been placed for download on the ESS website. 

In these ways, the SASAS data are increasingly being disseminated to the user community. Given the wealth of data generated, there is significant potential for others to increasingly draw on the data for academic, policy and other purposes. Furthermore, with each new round of data collected the ability to further understand stability and change in the country and among the public, increases further. There is also considerable scope for innovative experimentation involving the integration of different types of data. For instance, administrative data could be linked to SASAS data, and qualitative research can inform or supplement the SASAS quantitative survey analysis. 

The following audiences (national and internationally) do and could potentially make use of the data:

  • Researchers wanting to use the data for secondary analysis to inform their scientific work.
  • Academics who want to use the data and related documentation for teaching purposes.
  • Post-graduate students who would like to analyse the data for their theses or dissertations.
  • Decision makers with the intention to use the findings from the survey to inform the development trajectory of South Africa.
  • The media, NGOs and the public at large who would like to gain an understanding of the lived experiences of the people of South Africa.

Users are requested to provide a reason for wanting to access the data.