First results of the Swiss Household Panel Covid-19 study

November 23, 2020

The Swiss Household Panel has launched a special wave to assess the living conditions during the semi-lockdown in spring 2020. The data of the study are available on FORSbase.

Call for abstracts for the SHP conference in 2021

November 16, 2020

The 11th International Conference of Panel Data Users in Switzerland will take place at the University of Lausanne in June 9-10, 2021. Submit your session proposal or your abstract for a presentation or a poster until January 31, 2021.

Report on how to improve data access and data linkage

November 10, 2020

FORS and provide first concrete proposals on how the institutional and legal framework could be designed to improve data access and data linkage.

Large loss in studying time during the closure of schools in Switzerland in 2020

November 5, 2020

The results, which are based on an evaluation of the data from the Swiss Household Panel, show a significant decrease in learning time for all.

The SHP COVID-19 data is available now!

October 19, 2020

The Swiss Household Panel has conducted a special wave to assess living conditions during the COVID-19 semi-lockdown. These data are now available on FORSbase.

A new ESS Topline Results Series publication on Justice and Fairness in Europe has been published

October 1, 2020

The publication is based on the analysis of ESS 2018 data and written by the authors of the respective questionnaire module.

Results of the FORS COVID-19 survey MOSAiCH

September 10, 2020

Just published ! The results of the MOSAiCH survey on COVID-19 summarized in four factsheets on well-being, politics, work and family/work compatibility.

Second release of the ISSP 2018 on Religion IV

September 9, 2020

The ISSP team at the GESIS Data Archive is glad to announce the publication of a second partial data release of the ISSP 2018 on Religion IV, including data from 33 countries across the world.

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.

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.