FORS bulletin                                       N°5/2017

Dear reader,

This is the new issue of the FORS bulletin. We are happy to share with you the findings from our survey on data sharing and re-use and from the latest VOTO study on the Swiss Federal Elections of February 12, 2017.

Also, read all about our upcoming International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland, this year's edition of the Swiss Summer School and the French edition of the Swiss Methods Festival in qualitative research.

Also now available, the latest list of new datasets.


Findings from the FORS survey on data sharing and re-use

Between November 2016 and February 2017 FORS conducted a brief survey to better understand researchers’ attitudes, practices, and needs specifically regarding data sharing and re-use.

We would like to thank all those who took the time to respond! To get the highlights, the report, and even the data, click here.


The VOTO survey and the data of the Swiss popular vote 12.02.2017 are now available

The VOTO surveys are a joint project between FORS, the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau ZDA  and the LINK institute.  Since autumn 2016, the Confederation entrusted the surveys to the VOTO community, which took over this task from the VOX surveys.

The data of the VOTO survey 12.02.2017

Summary of the VOTO survey results 12.02.2017

The VOTO survey 12.02.2017



9th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland
Lausanne, June 6-7, 2017

Click here to register for the conference

This year, a third day to the conference is added where the organisors offer the opportunity to participate in a workshop on the use of SHP weights.

Click here to register for the workshop only.


21st Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods
Lugano, August 18-September 1, 2017

The Swiss Summer School is open to all who need to use Social Science methods, both quantitative and qualitative, for their work.

Click here for more information
Click here to register


Festival Suisse des méthodes qualitatives: «Ethique et recherche qualitative en sciences sociales»
Lausanne, Septembre 14-15, 2017

Le Festival offre une plateforme aux chercheuses et chercheurs des sciences sociales et humaines pour échanger et connaître de nouvelles méthodes qualitatives. Pour cette édition, ce sont les enjeux et les défis soulevés par l’éthique dans le domaine de la recherche qualitative qui seront mis en avant par le biais de 3 ateliers dédiés et lors des différentes séances en plénières.

Cliquez ici pour plus d'informations


Bâtiment Géopolis, 5th floor
Reception desk - room 5614
CH-1015 Lausanne