New special issue on Fieldwork Monitoring Strategies

May 19, 2020

This special issue provides a platform to share valuable best practice knowledge and provides insights on which fieldwork strategies and tools are employed in the field.

SHP special Corona wave in the field!

May 19, 2020

The Swiss Household Panel launches a special wave to assess the living conditions during the Corona crisis. With this in-between measurement point, the SHP will provide the unique opportunity to observe the impact of this period on the daily lives of the Swiss population.

6 confirmed workshops for the 24th Summer School in Social Science Methods

May 4, 2020

Given the COVID-19 situation, the summer school will take place as foreseen in Lugano, with the option of attending the courses at distance for those who cannot travel. Register before June 15 !

Out now: The new FORS Guide on pre-registration

April 9, 2020

For your next research project, consider pre-registration as a push to be clear and precise about your research plan.

FORS Annual Report 2019

April 6, 2020

The Annual Report 2019 showcases our research in social sciences, our data services, collaboration programs and publications. The report further summarizes all of the activities associated with our surveys.

New SHP data available

April 5, 2020

Wave 20 and the data of the pilot study for the forthcoming refreshment sample of the SHP are now available on FORSbase!
Also available, the new wave of the LIVES FORS Cohort Survey as well as the data of the additional SHP Vaud sample.

We are doing our bit to slow down the spread of Coronavirus

March 17, 2020

FORS remains operational and we are responding to your requests. FORS has implemented home office in order to comply with all the measures in force.

Why do people choose a public service career?

March 2, 2020

In a recently published article based on data from the Swiss Household Panel, Caroline Fischer and Carina Schott try to understand why people enter and stay in public service careers. It is crucial to know why individuals engage in public sector jobs, as labour shortage in the public sector is expected in Switzerland and in many other European countries. Their […]

Caroline Roberts elected as Chair of the ESS ERIC Methods Advisory Board

January 20, 2020

We are delighted to announce that Caroline Roberts (University of Lausanne and FORS) has been elected as Chair of the ESS ERIC Methods Advisory Board.

New FORS Working Paper available

January 13, 2020

Effects of topic distribution and topic importance on interest and follow-up response
Authors: Oliver Lipps and Alexandre Pollien (FORS)

Call for papers : 15th Conference “Social Monitoring and Reporting in Europe”

January 4, 2020

Convergence or Divergence ? Changes in attitudes, socioeconomic structures and well-being across Europe. Deadline for the submission of the abstracts is May 15, 2020.

ESS Round 9 data now available

November 4, 2019

Data included in this initial release was collected during late 2018 and early 2019 in 19 countries, including Switzerland. Survey data collected in this round includes two rotating modules: on the timing of life events and a new module on justice and fairness, in the context of respondents’ income.

Our view on open data presented at the Swiss Open Science Action Plan Kick-Off Forum

October 10, 2019

FORS is proud to present SWISSUbase and at the Swiss Open Science Action Plan Kick-Off Forum.

Vulnerable people, the dot-com crisis and the Great Recession

October 8, 2019

Based on the Swiss Household Panel, Jehane Simona-Moussa and Laura Ravazzini explored how the dot-com crisis and the Great Recession affected vulnerable people in Switzerland.

Your chance to field questions in the European Social Survey European Social Survey Round 11

October 1, 2019

The call for teams of academics to apply to field questions in Round 11 (2022/23) of the ESS is now available. The deadline for Step 1 is 17 January 2020.

Qui vote, avec quelle régularité, pour quel parti, sous l’influence de quels paramètres?

September 30, 2019

Le 20 octobre, les citoyens suisses éliront leur nouveau Parlement. Qui vote, avec quelle régularité, pour quel parti, sous l’influence de quels paramètres ? L’analyse de Georg Lutz. Réponses dans le dernier Allez savoir ! le magazine de l’Université de Lausanne. Lire l’article Les chiffres cités dans l’article sont tirés de SELECTS 2016.   

Parution du livre « Entre mobilité temporaire et ancrage local : portrait de la jeunesse suisse»

September 24, 2019

Nous sommes heureux de vous annoncer la parution du livre «Entre mobilité temporaire et ancrage local : portrait de la jeunesse suisse; Analyse des séjours dans d’autres régions linguistiques de Suisse et à l’étranger». Ce livre est issu de l’édition 2016/2017 des Enquêtes fédérales auprès de la jeunesse («enquêtes ch-x»), une enquête menée par FORS. Ce livre est le fruit […]

The achievements of the Swiss Household Panel

September 17, 2019

20 years: Where did we come from and where will we go ? Twenty years ago began a great adventure with the launch of the first Swiss Household Panel (SHP) sample. It was in 1999. At that time, in Switzerland, longitudinal surveys were particularly rare in the fields of social sciences. The launch of the SHP was a pioneer study […]

SWISSUbase. Our new archiving solution for Swiss universities

September 13, 2019

SWISSUbase is a national data infrastructure solution for the long-term preservation and sharing of scientific research data across all scientific disciplines. Starting from FORSbase, an existing and proven national archive solution for Swiss social science research data, this two-year project will implement SWISSUbase, a national cross-disciplinary solution for Swiss universities and other research organisations in urgent need of data repositories for […]

Routine Workers in an Increasingly Automated World of Work

August 29, 2019

In a study based on SHP data, Thomas Kurer from Harvard University explores the consequences of technological change on routine workers in Switzerland. Three major results come out of this study. First, the disadvantages of technological progress are concentrated on routine workers whose share in the labor force has drastically declined over time. Second, only a minority of the affected […]

Beta version of wave 20 available on request

August 27, 2019

The beta version of the 20th wave of the SHP data is now available on request. If you would like to get access to this dataset, please contact us via e-mail (    

Final release of the ISSP 2017 Social Networks and Social Resources  

August 22, 2019

The ISSP team at the GESIS Data Archive is glad to announce the publication of the final release of the international ISSP 2017 Social Networks and Social Resources data file, including data from 30 ISSP member countries worldwide, including Switzerland. Data documentation is provided on: Overview information on this release can be found at the respective “module page” at: […]

Festival suisse des méthodes qualitatives sur l’open data

July 26, 2019

La septième édition du Festival suisse des méthodes qualitatives se déroulera les lundi 9 et mardi 10 septembre 2019 à l’Université de Lausanne (bâtiment Géopolis). Selon une formule désormais bien rodée, le Festival se propose de présenter les innovations récentes dans le domaine des méthodes qualitatives et mixtes. A l’instar de l’édition de 2017, la manifestation se propose une fois […]

European Values Study 2017. Second pre-release dataset

July 25, 2019

The integrated dataset of the second pre-release of EVS2017 includes data from 30 countries, and the complete sample for Switzerland: Albania (AL); Armenia (AM); Austria (AT); Azerbaijan (AZ); Bulgaria (BG); Belarus (BY); Switzerland (CH); Czechia (CZ); Germany (DE); Denmark (DK); Estonia (EE); Spain (ES); Finland (FI); France (FR); Great Britain (GB); Georgia (GE); Croatia (HR); Hungary (HU); Iceland (IS); Italy (IT); Lithuania […]

Our most important publications 2014-2019

July 8, 2019

We conduct methodological and thematic research. The selection of the below publications shows the expertise of the FORS collaborators over the last years in the field of social sciences: Ehrler, Franziska, Bühlmann Felix, Farago Peter, Höpflinger François, Joye Dominique, 2016. Swiss Social Report 2016: Wellbeing. SEISMO (published in German, French and English). Ernst Stähli, Michèle, Joye Dominique, 2016. Incentives as […]