The SHP is hiring. Join our team!

June 22, 2022

We are looking for a Junior Scientific Collaborator (80-100%) to strengthen the team of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP).

The SNSF gives the green light for the project “Swiss Direct Democracy in the 21st Century”

June 9, 2022

Eight Swiss universities, the Liechtenstein-Institute and FORS are involved in the project. FORS is responsible for the data collection.

Call for questions: Selects 2023

June 2, 2022

Selects is a SNSF-funded project to study electoral behavior in Switzerland. For the study of the 2023 national elections, we invite researchers to propose questions. The deadline is July 8, 2022.

New data access portal to obtain ESS data

June 2, 2022

The new data portal will allow users to search and download European Social Survey data on 18,000 questions and variables contained in 60 downloadable data files.

Publication of the first partial data release of the ISSP 2020 “Environment IV”

June 2, 2022

The ISSP is glad to announce the publication of the first partial data release of the ISSP 2020 Environment IV (ZA7650_v1.0.0) with data from 14 countries, including Switzerland.

SHARE becomes long-term !

May 24, 2022

SHARE, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, is a research infrastructure for studying the effects of health, social, economic and environmental policies over the life-course of European citizens and beyond. In Switzerland, SHARE is conducted by FORS and the UNIL.

The FORS Data Re-use Award 2022

May 19, 2022

Are you currently working with social science data you got from FORS? Or are you planning to do so in the next few months? Then consider submitting your paper and get the chance to win up to 1’000 CHF.

People who volunteer do better during the pandemic

April 25, 2022

Lamprecht & Stamm conducted a study on the impact of the pandemic on volunteering on behalf of the Migros Culture Percentage and with data from the FORS COVID19-MOSAiCH study.

New SHP data release

April 1, 2022

Wave 22 contains the two modules “Social participation” and “Political behavior and values” and three new questions on “feelings towards LGBTIQ+ individuals”.

FORS Annual Report 2021

March 20, 2022

We have just published our Annual Report 2021. See what we do for the social sciences in Switzerland and abroad. Editorial by FORS Director, Prof. Georg Lutz, on “Research through research infrastructures”.

SWISSUbase is launched to replace FORSbase !

February 16, 2022

SWISSUbase replaces the original FORSbase for the social sciences. The objective of SWISSUbase is to ensure that research data and metadata across different disciplines are preserved and accessible for the long-term.

26th Summer School in Social Science Methods. Register now.

February 11, 2022

The programme of the 26th Summer School in Social Science Methods in Lugano is out now. Registration is open.

Data of the second SHARE Corona Survey are now available

February 11, 2022

The second SHARE Corona Survey re-interviewed respondents of the first SHARE Corona Survey enabling to study changes between the start of the pandemic and the situation one year later in a cross-national perspective.

Release of the MOSAiCH 2021 dataset on Health and Health Care

February 7, 2022

The data and documentation on this release can be downloaded on SWISSUbase.

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

January 4, 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.

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.