FORS is actively involved in scientific and institutional collaborations on the national and international level. Find below a list of our longterm institutional partners. To find out more about our project-based collaborations, have a look at our projects.

National partners

University of Lausanne - UNIL
The University of Lausanne is the host institution for FORS and there is a strong commitment for collaboration on many levels.

The University of Lausanne funds a joint research programme that involves many researchers from FORS and the Faculty for Social and Political Sciences (SSP). This collaboration resulted in a high-quality platform for national and international social science methods and substantive research, recently launched at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lausanne. This new platform DReMSS Developments in Research and Methods of the Social Sciences aims to promote and to create synergies between the activities developed by FORS and SSP. The involved researchers share common thematic and methodological interests. Thanks to this research programme, the teaching of quantitative methods in the Faculty of Social Sciences has been developed and strengthened, both at Bachelor and Master level.

Further, FORS and SSP jointly organise the Methods and Research Meetings where invited guests and researchers from FORS and the University of Lausanne exchange on methodological issues.

Another collaboration takes place in the field of science communication. The Centre LIVES, the Life Course and Inequality Research Centre of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences and FORS edit together, since 2015, the series Social Change in Switzerland.

Federal statistical office – FSO
Since its creation, FORS regularly collaborate with the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) on methodological issues but also to facilitate and promote the use of public administration surveys for research purposes. These surveys cover various themes, such as economics, education, mobility, and health, and aim for understanding the evolution of society in its entirety.

With the goal of promoting the use of public statistical data, the FORS data service:

Research Centers in education
FORS has agreements with several major institutions that collect information on projects in the field of educational research. Project descriptions in the following databases are sent directly to FORS. Therefore, it is not necessary to register these projects in SWISSUbase.

Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education – SCCRE

The SCCRE supports the exchange of information among researchers in the field of education. It operates the secretariat of the Swiss Society for Research in Education (SSRE) and houses the SSRE’s archives.

Swiss Center for Special Education – SCSE

The SCSE is a documentation center dealing with issues relating to education, schooling and the training of persons with special educational needs and disabilities. As a documentation centre, it provides an information platform, organises seminars and publishes the Revue suisse de pédagogie spécialisée as well as the Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Heilpädagogik. FORSbase hosts project descriptions and special education data.

Service de la recherche en éducation – SRED

The SRED produces a set of indicators and public statistics on the Geneva education system. It conducts research projects and carries out evaluations aimed at deepening knowledge of issues directly related to the services and activities of the Geneva education and training system.

Administration research actions management information system - ARAMIS
The ARAMIS information system contains information regarding research projects and assessments that are either run or funded by the Federal Administration. It has been operational since 1997 to ensure greater transparency and cooperation in the area of policy sector research.

FORS has an agreement with ARAMIS to exchange relevant information. Thus, the projects registered in this database are directly transmitted to FORS and it is therefore not necessary to register them in FORSbase. The ARAMIS database is published online.

Swiss data insights association - SWISS INSIGHTS
SWISS INSIGHTS represent the interest of marketing and social research and is committed to ensuring that the use of data and the application of data-driven models is transparent, comprehensible and, in this sense, fair. The association proposes two quality labels, “Market & Social Research by SWISS INSIGHTS” and “Data Fairness by SWISS INSIGHTS”. Collaborators of FORS are active in the association, representing the client side in the Managing Board and responsible for the domain ‘Methods and International’.

International Partnerships

Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives – CESSDA ERIC
FORS is a member of the CESSDA ERIC consortium (European Research Infrastructure Consortium), a network of European social science data archives which, as a coordinating body, contributes to the definition of documentation standards, regulates the circulation of data within the network and promotes international exchange. FORS’ membership within CESSDA gives Swiss researchers easy access to data distributed by all member archives. FORS represents Switzerland in the General Assemblies of the CESSDA ERIC and FORS staff participates in coordinating bodies of CESSDA and its various projects.
Comparative Candidate Survey - CCS
The Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS) is a joint multi-national project with the goal of collecting data on candidates running for national parliamentary elections in different countries using a common core questionnaire to allow for cross-country comparison. FORS collaborators represent Switzerland in the CCS Steering committee. The CCS data file is finalised and archived at FORS.
Comparative Study of Electoral System - CSES
The Comparative Study of Electoral System (CSES) is an international network of national election studies. CSES develops questionnaire modules, which can be integrated into post-election voter surveys. FORS integrates the CSES module in Selects and FORS collaborators represent Switzerland in the CSES Planning Committee.
European Social Survey – ESS ERIC
The European Social Survey (ESS) is a cross-national survey that has been conducted in around 30 European countries every two years since 2002. It measures values, attitudes and behavioural patterns of the populations of European countries. Switzerland has participated in all rounds since the very beginning.

FORS represents Switzerland in the ESS ERIC General Assembly and the ESS National Coordinators Forum. FORS staff participates in coordinating bodies of the ESS and is responsible for the Swiss part of the ESS.

European Values Study - EVS
The European Values Study (EVS) is a large-scale, cross-national survey on basic human values that has been conducted every nine years since 1981. With more than 47 participating countries, the EVS is the most comprehensive research project on human values in Europe. It provides insights into the ideas, beliefs, preferences, attitudes, values and opinions of citizens throughout Europe. Switzerland participated in the study for the third time in 2017 (after 1990 and 2008).

FORS represents Switzerland in the EVS Council of program directors and the Executive and Methodology Group. Furthermore, FORS conducts the Swiss data for the EVS.

International Social Survey Programme - ISSP
The International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) is a cross-national collaboration programme conducting annual surveys on diverse topics relevant to social sciences. Switzerland participates in the ISSP since 1987. Since 2005 the ISSP modules are in Switzerland integrated in MOSAiCH.

FORS staff represents Switzerland in the ISSP Annual meeting, which decides on modules for the coming period. Switzerland currently also chairs the ISSP Methodological committee through FORS. FORS conducts the Swiss data for the ISSP.

Survey on health, ageing and retirement - SHARE
SHARE is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of microdata on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of individuals aged 50 and over in Europe and Israel. The survey has been conducted every two years since 2004.

Together with the University of Lausanne, FORS is responsible for conducting SHARE in Switzerland. FORS represents Switzerland in the General Assembly of SHARE. FORS staff participates in coordinating bodies of SHARE and conducts the Swiss data.

World Association for Public Opinion Research – WAPOR
The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) promotes and supports scientific public opinion research worldwide. FORS is member of the association and participates in adhoc committees.