Advancing the science of character strengths
To the psychologists, scientists and researchers visiting this site, thank you for your passion to and dedication to positive psychology and the science of character strengths. As you hypothesize, seek and discover, we’re here to help.
VIA is proud to collaborate with researchers around the globe to provide free access to the VIA Survey and raw data for use in a wide range of studies. Whether you’re researching the role of character strengths in romantic relationships or the differences in character strengths among offenders and non-offenders, we make it possible for you to conduct a study and access our many assessments, findings and psychometric data.
Why VIA Character Strengths?
Character strengths are a scientifically-validated pathway to help individuals improve their lives, work and relationships. The free VIA Survey, translated into over 40 languages, is the premier tool in the field of positive psychology that assesses an individual's character strengths. It has been used in hundreds of research studies, many of which have been presented at academic conferences and printed in peer-reviewed journals.
We are the world’s largest database on character strengths
A VIA Researcher Site Simplifies Your Strengths Study
A Researcher Site is a free tool we’ve created just for researchers. It allows you to send your research participants a unique link to the the VIA assessment of your choice. Then, you can collect and aggregate the data into a spreadsheet you can download at any time.
In addition to the main VIA Surveys that we offer free to the general public on our website, VIA also makes a number of other assessments available to researchers.
Explore research study conclusions, organized by topic. You’ll find study summaries in the areas of signature strengths, wellbeing, mindfulness, career, relationships and more.
See the psychometrics for our main surveys offered free on our website, as well as additional versions of our character strengths assessments.