Check out our latest FORS Guides on survey methods & data management

January 24, 2022

The latest FORS Guides, written by experts, discuss the legal considerations for research in Switzerland,  replication in the social sciences and representativeness of surveys and its analysis.

Submit your ideas now for the 2nd Swiss Open Research Data Hackathon (03.-05.05.2022)

January 18, 2022

Is there a problem you face with research data that you could solve with a tool? Then submit your idea now and hack it at the 2nd Swiss Open Research Data Hackathon.

The MOSAiCH call relating to the ISSP module ‘National Identity and Citizenship’ is out now!

January 4, 2022

We invite scholars to propose questions for the follow-up survey administered after the ISSP 2023 module on “National Identity and Citizenship”. Deadline 25.04.2022.

New publication about the Swiss Houshold Panel

December 21, 2021

A new article provides an overview of the SHP – focusing on the survey’s key design features, content, data collection and adjustments, possibilities for cross-national comparisons, data use and accomplishments.

Support us with the implementation of the Generation and Gender Program in Switzerland

December 18, 2021

Help us by signing a support letter to show that this program is relevant to the whole Swiss research community.

Publication of the second partial data release of the ISSP 2019 ‘Social Inequality V’

December 14, 2021

The ISSP is glad to announce the publication of a second partial data release of the ISSP 2019 Social Inequality V (ZA7600_v2.0.0), including data from Switzerland and 21 other countries.

CESSDA is hiring a new Director

November 10, 2021

CESSDA, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives, is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Director, starting in March 2022.

MOSAiCH & SHARE present results on the willingness to get vaccinated. Who are the unvaccinated?

October 11, 2021

SHARE data reveals which factors influence the willingness for vaccination across Europe. MOSAiCH discusses the case for Switzerland.

FORS in charge of the ISSP secretariat for the next three years

October 7, 2021

FORS (representing Switzerland) was elected by the General Assembly of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) to provide the secretariat for the next term (2021-2024).

New family typology in the Swiss Household Panel

September 24, 2021

Sandrine Morel from the University of Lausanne has created a new household typology that takes account of the diversity in Swiss families (single parents, unmarried parents, blended families).

New MOSAiCH COVID-19 data release (Wave 3)

July 9, 2021

A new cumulated MOSAiCH COVID-19 dataset, including the three COVID-19 panel waves fielded from spring 2020 to spring 2021, is now available on FORSbase.

The MOSAiCH 2020 dataset is now published on FORSbase

July 8, 2021

We are happy to announce the release of the MOSAiCH/ISSP 2020 data on Environment and related topics, fielded in spring 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic increased social inequality in Switzerland in some respects

July 8, 2021

FORS and the HETSL have published a report on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the semi-lockdown in spring 2020 on the living conditions of households in Switzerland.

Peter Farago elected new honorary member of the SAHS

June 4, 2021

FORS is delighted that Professor Peter Farago, Founding Director of FORS, has been elected as new honorary member by the Assembly of Delegates of the Swiss Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences (SAHS).

11th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland

May 20, 2021

This edition includes thematic sessions covering a wide variety of topics: health & well-being, education & labour market, families, migration, politics & attitudes.

Pre-release of the EVS Trend File 1981-2017

May 6, 2021

We are happy to announce the pre-release of the EVS Trend File 1981-2017. This file is constructed from the five EVS waves and covers almost 40 years. In altogether 159 surveys, more than 223.000 respondents from 48 countries/regions were interviewed.  

First partial release for the ISSP 2019 on Social Inequality V

April 19, 2021

The ISSP team at the GESIS Data Archive is glad to announce the publication of the first partial data release of ISSP 2019 Social Inequality V, including data from Switzerland and 14 other countries.

SHARE-ERIC celebrates its 10th anniversary as the first ERIC ever

April 12, 2021

To date, more than 12,000 researchers in 75 countries are working with SHARE data and have produced more than 3,000 SHARE-based publications.

FORS Annual Report 2020

April 12, 2021

The FORS Annual Report 2020 showcases our methodological research in the social sciences, our data and research information services, scientific collaboration programs and publications.

MOSAiCH 2022 – Call for question contributions

April 5, 2021

The MOSAiCH call 2022 relating to the ISSP module ‘Family and Changing Gender Roles V’ is out. Propose your questions for the follow-up survey now.

Release of the Swiss Household Panel waves 1-21: new data available

March 15, 2021

Waves 1-21 (1999-2019) comprise data on imputed income, wealth and CNEF data. This new data release also includes an intermediate wave with repeated measures and new variables related to COVID-19.

Register now for the Swiss Covid-19 Data Symposium on 23 March

March 4, 2021

The COVID-19 datasets: MOSAiCH, the Swiss Corona Stress Study, Selects, the Swiss Household Panel, the COVID-19 Social Monitor ZHAW, SHARE & the COVID-19 Edition of the Science Barometer CH.

A new version of the Selects Panel Survey has just been released

February 25, 2021

Wave 4 (fielded one year after the federal elections from 28 September to 2 November 2020) has been added to the dataset. To be downloaded for free on FORSbase.

The new cumulative Selects dataset (1971-2019) published on FORSbase

January 12, 2021

The Selects cumulative dataset provides a pooled set of Swiss election survey data which covers the period between 1971 and 2019. Check out which Swiss election surveys were used for the set.

Just published: 2 new FORS GUIDES on survey methods

January 12, 2021

The FORS Guides offer support to researchers & students in social sciences, who intend to collect data & to teachers at University level, who want to teach their students the basics of survey methods & data management.