Introducing DART – LIS New Data Visualisation Tool

July 21, 2020

FORS makes it possible for researchers in Switzerland to have access to LIS data and services. LIS is the Cross-National Data Center in Luxembourg that offers data on income and wealth.

FORSbase : The data repository adapted to your needs

July 13, 2020

FORSbase is our online repository for all social science disciplines. It is suitable for the deposit of all types of quantitative and qualitative data, including sensitive and experimental data.

The results of the Selects study on the 2019 Swiss Federal elections have just been published

July 3, 2020

The Swiss Election Study Selects has been investigating turnout and electoral behaviour in federal elections since 1995.

The ESS has been chosen as the winner of the Lijphart/Przworski/Verba (LPV) Dataset Award 2020

July 2, 2020

Chosen by the Comparative Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best dataset in comparative politics, the award is a significant honour for everyone involved with the ESS.

FORS contributes to the evaluation of the impact of COVID-19 on the Swiss population

June 18, 2020

Questions on COVID were included in various FORS surveys and then made available to researchers in Switzerland.

Round 9: Second data release now available

June 16, 2020

The second edition of data and documentation for Round 9 of the European Social Survey (ESS) has now been published.

New FORS guides on the measurement of social position in surveys and data anonymization

June 9, 2020

All FORS Guides to survey methods or data management are available for free on our website.

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.

11 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)

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 […]