The SNSF supports data infrastructures and services

May 23, 2019

The Swiss National Science Foundation has just published its latest news mentioning its multi-year programme for 2021-2024. The report clearly states the importance of data infrastructures and services. The SNSF wants to ensure that researchers in Switzerland have access to high-quality data infrastructures and services (DIS) and that they receive expert advice. As of 2021, the SNSF will support existing […]

How can smartphones be used for data collection ?

May 21, 2019

Due to the increasing use of smartphones in the Swiss population and a general decline in survey participation, SELECTS is incorporating a mobile web survey (conducted via the data collection platform) addressing innovative new research questions alongside its main 2019 survey. The Selects-Civique study is being carried out by a team including Prof. Dr. Caroline Roberts (University of Lausanne), […]

First partial release of ISSP 2017 on Social Networks III

April 30, 2019

The ISSP team at the GESIS Data Archive is glad to announce the publication of the first partial data release of the ISSP 2017 on Social Networks III, including data from 22 countries across the world, including Switzerland. A final release will be published during the summer with more countries. This final release will also contain the full set of documentation. Data access is […]

Does low-wage work lead to political alienation?

April 18, 2019

Based on data from the Swiss Household Panel, Dominik Schraff’s contribution provides evidence that persistent low-wage work may lead to withdrawal from democratic politics. He argues that dropping into low-wage work makes some voters think that they have very low changes to be part of an electoral winning coalition. In addition, repeated low-wage work experiences substantially decrease their satisfaction with […]

20 years of the Swiss Household Panel. Programme online!

April 5, 2019

June 5-7, 2019, University of Lausanne The registration for the special anniversary edition of the International Conference of Panel Data Users is now open ! The conference will include a plenary session with Prof. Monica Budowski on the historical development of the Swiss Household Panel, a round table on the future of the SHP and household panels in general, as […]

New special issue on Probability and Nonprobability Sampling

April 4, 2019

We are happy to announce the publication of a new special issue entitled: Probability and Nonprobability Sampling: Sampling of hard-to-reach survey populations Special issue editors: Johann Bacher, University of Linz, Austria Johannes Lemcke, Robert Koch Institut (RKI), Germany Andreas Quatember, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria Patrick Schmich, Robert Koch Institut (RKI), Germany This special issue gives an overview about the […]

FORS Annual Report 2018

March 20, 2019

Check out our annual report 2018 with insightful news what we have been up to last year. The report includes a summary of the 2018 activities in regard of our surveys, the data and research information services DARIS, our scollaborations, publications and events, and our scientific findings in methodological research.   Download the FORS Annual Report 2018

The ESS Topline Series presents topics covered in the ESS

March 9, 2019

The ESS Topline Series are concise cross-national summaries of particular topics covered in the ESS questionnaire. Topline publications are written by the groups of academics whose rotating module was selected for the ESS. They exist in various languages. Consult the full list of themes    

How do (nonstandard) occupational trajectories affect health ?

March 7, 2019

Francesco Giudici and Davide Morselli have analyzed data from the life history calendar of the Swiss Household Panel to observe occupational trajectories across the lifespan. The results show that discontinuous occupational trajectories (characterized by continuous jumps between temporary work, long periods of unemployment, social help, inactivity or part-time work) are associated with higher depressive symptoms, lower life course mental health […]

The MOSAiCH-ISSP call 2020 relating to the ISSP module ‘Environment IV’ is out now!

February 14, 2019

MOSAiCH 2020 – Call for question contributions We hereby invite scholars to propose questions for the follow-up survey administered after the ISSP 2020 module on “Environment”. Proposals will be selected according to their scientific quality, thematic relevance and survey applicability. Successful proposals will be fielded in spring 2020 and data will be available by the end of 2020. The deadline […]

Register now for the 2019 Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods

February 7, 2019

This is to announce that the  programme of the 2019 Swiss Summer School in Social Science Methods has been published and on-line registration is now open. Go to  for more information.       Photo 123504467 © Alessandro Mascheroni –

New cloud-based infrastructure

February 7, 2019

A new cloud-based infrastructure to make data, tools and training available for scholars in the social sciences and humanities SSHOC pools together Research Infrastructural excellence from the Social Sciences & Humanities Cluster Communities. SSHOC is one of the five European Union H2020 Programme “INFRA-EOSC-2018” recently funded cluster projects that will leverage and interconnect existing and new infrastructures from the SSH […]

Check out our new series The FORS Guides to survey methods and data management!

January 29, 2019

Do you care about ethical issues in your research project or want to gain informed consent from your participants? Do you plan a web survey or need to measure income? Then, our newly published FORS Guides will answer your questions. And this is just the beginning! The FORS Guides provide you with practice-oriented information for your research project and offer support to […]

New data in FORSbase

January 17, 2019

The role of national parties for the politicization of EU integration COCON – Schweizer Befragung von Kindern und Jugendlichen (Cohort 1: new waves 6-7) Swiss Household Panel – SHP Data Waves 1-19 Swiss Household Panel additional Vaud sample – SHP Vaud Waves 1-5 LIVES Cohort Waves 1-5 VOTO 9: Swiss Popular Vote 25.11.2018 Democratic Governance and Citizenship National Survey Democratic […]

New release of SHP data waves 1-19 on FORSbase

January 17, 2019

The 19th wave of the SHP data is now available on FORSbase. Check out the SHP_I data for the years 1999 through 2017, the SHP_II data for the years 2004 through 2017, the SHP interviewer data for the years 2000, and 2003 to 2017 as we as additional data such as imputed income data and new variables. We strongly recommend […]

Honorary lesson by Professor Dominique Joye on “data and society”

January 15, 2019

Professor Dominique Joye, first Associate Professor and then Ordinary Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lausanne and former member of the FORS Foundation and the Scientific Board will give his honorary lesson on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 5:15 pm (Aula de l’IDHEAP). Professor Joye will review his professional background, which ranges from ecological data […]

Register now for the Second Swiss Longitudinal Data Fair !

December 13, 2018

Second Swiss Longitudinal Data Fair, February 14, 2019, University of Lausanne Searching for the right longitudinal data for your doctoral work or new research project? This one-day event will include presentations and posters on various major Swiss longitudinal surveys in the social sciences, including TREE, the Swiss Household Panel, SHARE, CoCon and the LABB of the Swiss Federal Statistical Office […]

The special issue on the 2015 Swiss Elections is out now !

December 11, 2018

This special issue brings together a large variety of contributions dealing with party choice, political attitudes and the dynamics of electoral campaigns in Switzerland. The articles in this volume address central issues of the literature dealing with the two-dimensional structure of political competition, take up key questions of the dynamics of election campaigns, and finally echo a large interest for […]

New article: The (In)stability of Voters’ Perceptions of Competence and Associative Issue Ownership: The Role of Media Campaign Coverage

December 6, 2018

Check out the new article by Anke Tresch, project director of the Swiss Election Study Selects at FORS & Alexandra Feddersen “The (In)stability of Voters’ Perceptions of Competence and Associative Issue Ownership: The Role of Media Campaign Coverage” in the T&F Journal Political Communication. The full article can be viewed here:

20 years of the Swiss Household Panel

December 1, 2018

10th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland: 20 years of the Swiss Household Panel. The special anniversary edition of the 10th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland will inclucde plenary sessions (keynote speakers to be announced), thematic sessions and a poster session. The thematic sessions cover a variety of topics, such as health and well-being, education […]

Does Separation Affect Party Preferences?

December 1, 2018

In a recently published article based on SHP data, Marieke Voorpostel, Hilde Coffe, and Ursina Kuhn show that separation from marital and cohabiting relationships has an impact on political party preferences. As the SHP follows households over time, they could take a dynamic approach, following couples over time and through separation. Their study shows that partnered individuals are more likely […]

New report examines Russian attitudes on welfare

November 30, 2018

Read the recently published report written by Michael Ochsner and Laura Ravazzini (FORS, Switzerland), Wim van Oorschot and Dimitri Gugushvili (KU Leuven, Belgium), Marcel Fink and Peter Grand (IHS, Austria) and Orsolya Lelkes (European Centre, Austria) on Russian versus European welfare attitudes. The first of two new publications based on European Social Survey (ESS) data has been produced by those […]

“Quality of Life 65+” 2018 prize was awarded by the Leenaards Foundation to SHARE

November 16, 2018

A “Quality of Life 65+” 2018 prize was awarded by the Leenaards Foundation to Jürgen Maurer, Professor of Economics at the HEC Faculty of the University of Lausanne and Alberto Holly, Honorary Professor at the same Faculty, as well as Carmen Borrat-Besson, Simon Seiler and Sarah Vilpert, FORS scientific staff. This prize is awarded to them for their research project […]

Final release of ISSP 2016 (Role of Government V) published

October 26, 2018

The ISSP team at the GESIS Data Archive is glad to announce the publication of the final release of the international ISSP 2016 Role of Government V data file, including data from Switzerland and 34 other ISSP member countries worldwide. Data access is offered online via the GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK, study number ZA6900) at: Overview information on this […]

The 10th anniversary of FORS. Insights into the history of its origins

September 20, 2018

On September 12, 2018 FORS celebrated its 10th anniversary with the symposium “The future of data collection in the social sciences”. Here is a review of the impressive history of FORS with the presentation “The Long and Winding Road that led to FORS” by the founding director of FORS, Prof. Dr. Peter Farago. The presentation