FORS bulletin                                        N°6/2017

Dear reader,

We are happy to announce MOSAiCH 2.0, a new high-quality Swiss survey tool, as well as new search features for FORSbase, our online platform that enables you to access data and obtain information about social science studies in Switzerland. Further, we are rethinking our FORS website - thank you for spending two minutes of your time to answer our questionnaire.

As in previous issues, check out our new datasets and agenda with a list of our upcoming events.


The new Swiss survey tool for the scientific community: MOSAiCH 2.0

We are pleased to announce the new annual general social survey project MOSAiCH 2.0 starting in 2018, which gives the social science community a unique chance to implement their questions in a high-quality data collection tool.

MOSAiCH is a cross-sectional social survey programme conducted in Switzerland under this name since 2005. It integrates the International Social Survey Programme – with Swiss data going back as far as 1987. From 2018 on, MOSAiCH will be self-administered (web/paper), and all respondents will be invited to participate in a follow-up survey. Through this follow-up survey, FORS offers the scientific community a space for their questions with the aim of enhancing the analytic potential of the survey.

For more information on the new survey tool please consult this page.

MOSAiCH 2018. Call for question contributions

We hereby invite scholars to propose questions for the follow-up survey administered after the ISSP 2018 survey centered on "Religion". Successful proposals will be fielded in spring 2018.The deadline for submissions is Monday September 11th 2017.


FORSbase : improved search features !

The search for research projects and data has been greatly improved by the display of a list of suggestions when you enter a keyword in the free text field. Additionally the results are now sorted by relevance so you will quickly find what you are looking for.
Check out the improvements here!


We are rethinking our website

Would you spend two minutes of your time to give us your feedback? Thank you very much!

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21st Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods
Lugano, August 18-September 1, 2017
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The Swiss Summer School is open to all who need to use Social Science methods, both quantitative and qualitative, for their work.

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4e colloque: Pauvretés et intervention sociale: un accompagnement impossible?

Lausanne, Université de Lausanne, IDHEAP, Aula, 5-6 octobre 2017

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Les deux nouvelles journées d’échanges entre milieux de la pratique et universitaire vont s’intéresser aux différents acteurs et processus impliqués dans l’assistance aux bénéficiaires. Ces deux journées de colloque aborderont les thématiques suivantes : Les modalités et les enjeux de l’intervention sociale, la relation d’aide, ses paradoxes et contradictions, les obstacles et routines dans la mise en œuvre des politiques, les débats sur les modalités et philosophies d’action, Les formes innovantes d’intervention sociale

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Annual European DDI User Conference hosted by FORS
Lausanne, December 5-6, 2017

EDDI (Annual European DDI User Conference) is the annual conference for users of DDI (Data Documentation Initiative), a metadata specification for the social, economic, and behavioral sciences. EDDI17 is organized jointly by FORS - Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and IDSC of IZA - International Data Service Center of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

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