The principal aim of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) is to observe social change, in particular the dynamics of changing living conditions and representations in the population of Switzerland. It is an annual panel study
based on a random sample of private households in Switzerland over time, interviewing all household members mainly by telephone.
The SHP constitutes a unique longitudinal database for Switzerland and is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The survey covers a broad range of topics and approaches in the social sciences. Data collection started in 1999 with a sample of 5’074 households containing 12’931 household members. In 2004 a second sample of 2’538 households with a total of 6’569 household members was added; and since 2013 the SHP contains a third sample of 4’093 households with 9’945 individuals. Response rates have remained high in all three samples.
The data from the Swiss Household Panel is freely accessible to the scientific community on FORSbase (see data).
Since 2013, the SHP team also conducts the LIVES FORS Cohort Survey as well as the SHP LIVES Vaud in collaboration with NCCR LIVES and the canton of Vaud.