A number of voluntary and self-funded CSDI work groups exist which aim to encourage and facilitate cooperation on methodological topics of key importance for comparative survey quality.

Each work group has at least one organizer. It is the work group organizer's responsibility to organize schedules and delivery dates for any work group activities and to ensure the work group reports back to the CSDI Advisory Board on its activities on a six-monthly basis (beginning of February and end of August).

CSDI work groups currently comprise, in alphabetical order:

Analysis

The Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines Initiative

Data Collection

Documentation and Dissemination

Multilingual Implementation

Questionnaire Development and (Pre)Testing