MOSAiCH “Measurement and Observation of Social Attitudes in Switzerland”
MOSAiCH is a cross-sectional survey that focuses on the Swiss population’s values and attitudes toward a wide range of social issues.
The respondents are drawn from a probabilistic sample representing the country’s population aged 18 and above. While Mosaich was conducted every two years as a face-to-face survey until 2017, it will be carried out once a year from 2018 onwards as a self-administered survey (online/paper).
In terms of content, the survey is designed in order to allow both comparisons over time and across countries. The thematic focus lies on the current module of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). This international part is supplemented by selected socio-demographic questions, as well as a module composed of Switzerland specific questions. The questions of this Swiss part are determined by means of a public call and either expand the ISSP module thematically or measure other dimensions that are of special interest to Switzerland.
The MOSAiCH survey was founded in 2005; selected parts of the survey, however, have been administered in Switzerland for more than 20 years (see also: The survey modules of MOSAiCH and its predecessors since 1987).
- The aim of the MOSAiCH survey is to produce internationally comparable data of very high quality that document the Swiss population’s attitudes and opinions on a wide spectrum of social issues.
- The annual call for question contributions aims to provide interested researchers with a powerful tool to collect representative data for their own research projects. These data are also freely available to the wider scientific public.
MOSAiCH is financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and directed by the FORS Team for International Surveys (Swiss centre of expertise in the social sciences). Under the lead of Michèle Ernst Staehli, the Team for International Surveys performs the following tasks:
- general planning and organizing of the survey,
- development of the Swiss part of the questionnaire,
- translation of the current ISSP-Module from English into three national languages (French, German, and Italian),
- sample drawing for Switzerland,
- development of specific survey methods, and
- cleaning, documentation and processing of the MOSAiCH-Data.
Coordination of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP)
The ISSP is a cross-national collaboration program that coordinates and runs annual surveys on important social science topics. Established in 1984 by its founding members Australia, Germany, Great Britain and the US, the ISSP (www.issp.org) counts by now more than 47 member countries. Since its foundation, over one million respondents from all over the world have participated in the ISSP surveys.
The ISSP is organized mainly through a rotating secretariat, a drafting group for modules that decides on the annual topics and a methodology committee that is responsible for quality specifications and assurance. The general meeting – made up of all the member states – develops the source questionnaire, chooses the members of the working groups and takes strategic decisions.
In the past years, Switzerland has been strongly engaged in different ISSP working groups. At present, it is involved in the methodology committee as Convenor and in several ISSP Research Groups (Non-Response, Mixed-Mode, Translation, Weighting, Demographics). Additionally, Switzerland is member of the Drafting Group that prepared the “Social Networks and Social Resources” Module for the ISSP 2017 edition.