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:
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.
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.
With this in mind, the FORS Data Service collaborates with various institutions around the world and makes all its data freely available to the national and international scientific community.
In Switzerland, access to ICPSR data is provided by three institutions:
|FORS||Direct access for staff and students from the universities of Lausanne, Fribourg, Neuchâtel, Bern, Basel and St. Gallen, the Federal Institutes of Technology and the universities of applied sciences. (For these universities of applied sciences, a direct access will be set up soon. Until then interested persons can contact the FORS ICPSR representative.)||Stefan Buerli
|University of Geneva||The personnel and the students of the University of Geneva have to address their demands for data to the official representative||Eugène Horber
|University of Zürich||Direct access for the personnel and the students of the University of Zurich||Daniele Helminger|
As Switzerland is a member of the project, researchers and students from Switzerland can register with LIS to use these microdata free of charge, according to the LIS dissemination modalities. It should also be noted that the LIS makes several hundred working papers freely available on its website. Finally, a workshop is organized every summer in Luxembourg to learn more about this database and the possibilities it offers. More information can be found on the website.