On this page, you can find research tools that provide an overview of the available data as well as detailed information on how to use the SHP data.
We always recommend to start out with our user guide that covers most of the questions both beginners and more experienced users might have. We also have a complementary user guide for the pilot study of the SHP IV, LIVES FORS Cohort as well as SHP LIVES Vaud users.
All the documentation as well as our questionnaires are available on FORSbase.
For further information or if you just want to browse through our list of variables, click on the subject you are interested in below:
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 (Tillmann et al. 2016). 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.