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 […]

Routine Workers in an Increasingly Automated World of Work

August 29, 2019

In a study based on SHP data, Thomas Kurer from Harvard University explores the consequences of technological change on routine workers in Switzerland. Three major results come out of this study. First, the disadvantages of technological progress are concentrated on routine workers whose share in the labor force has drastically declined over time. Second, only a minority of the affected […]

Beta version of wave 20 available on request

August 27, 2019

The beta version of the 20th wave of the SHP data is now available on request. If you would like to get access to this dataset, please contact us via e-mail (    

Final release of the ISSP 2017 Social Networks and Social Resources  

August 22, 2019

The ISSP team at the GESIS Data Archive is glad to announce the publication of the final release of the international ISSP 2017 Social Networks and Social Resources data file, including data from 30 ISSP member countries worldwide, including Switzerland. Data documentation is provided on: Overview information on this release can be found at the respective “module page” at: […]

Festival suisse des méthodes qualitatives sur l’open data

July 26, 2019

La septième édition du Festival suisse des méthodes qualitatives se déroulera les lundi 9 et mardi 10 septembre 2019 à l’Université de Lausanne (bâtiment Géopolis). Selon une formule désormais bien rodée, le Festival se propose de présenter les innovations récentes dans le domaine des méthodes qualitatives et mixtes. A l’instar de l’édition de 2017, la manifestation se propose une fois […]

European Values Study 2017. Second pre-release dataset

July 25, 2019

The integrated dataset of the second pre-release of EVS2017 includes data from 30 countries, and the complete sample for Switzerland: Albania (AL); Armenia (AM); Austria (AT); Azerbaijan (AZ); Bulgaria (BG); Belarus (BY); Switzerland (CH); Czechia (CZ); Germany (DE); Denmark (DK); Estonia (EE); Spain (ES); Finland (FI); France (FR); Great Britain (GB); Georgia (GE); Croatia (HR); Hungary (HU); Iceland (IS); Italy (IT); Lithuania […]

Our most important publications 2014-2019

July 8, 2019

We conduct methodological and thematic research. The selection of the below publications shows the expertise of the FORS collaborators over the last years in the field of social sciences: Ehrler, Franziska, Bühlmann Felix, Farago Peter, Höpflinger François, Joye Dominique, 2016. Swiss Social Report 2016: Wellbeing. SEISMO (published in German, French and English). Ernst Stähli, Michèle, Joye Dominique, 2016. Incentives as […]

ESS: Apply to field questions in Round 11

June 27, 2019

The call for academics to apply to field questions in Round 11 (2022/23) of our survey will be published in October 2019. Multi-national teams will be invited to apply for the opportunity to design a rotating module addressing a topic of relevance across Europe to be included in Round 11 of the ESS. Teams of researchers will be invited to […]

New FORS Guides out now

June 21, 2019

Do you need to develop a data management plan for your research project? Do you wonder about the use of incentives in surveys or about the surveying of national minorities? Our three recently published guides in the series FORS Guides to survey methods and data management provide you with practical advice: Surveying national minorities, Herzing et al. Incentives in surveys, […]

Twenty researchers from the SSP and FORS at ESRA !

June 15, 2019

Twenty researchers from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Lausanne and from FORS are contributing to the ESRA international conference, showcasing their research collaborations and their expertise in the survey research and survey methodology. From the 15th-19th July 2019, the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) will meet in Zagreb, Croatia, for its 8th biennial conference, […]

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 […]

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 […]