The FORS Guides offer support to researchers and students in social sciences, who intend to collect data, as well as to teachers at University level, who want to teach their students the basics of survey methods and data management. Written by experts from inside and outside of FORS, the FORS Guides are descriptive papers that summarise practical knowledge concerning survey methods and data management. The FORS Guides go beyond the documentation of specific surveys or data management tools and address general topics of survey methodology. They give a general overview without claiming to be exhaustive. Considering the Swiss context, the FORS Guides can be especially helpful for researchers working in Switzerland or with Swiss data. The FORS Guides are an ongoing publication series, additional guides will follow soon.

FORS Guides to survey methods

If you want to collect your own data or just better understand the decisions behind data collection processes, these guides will give you interesting insights into measurement concepts, the development of questionnaires, survey modes, field organisation and monitoring and a lot of other topics regarding the collection and processing of data.

Mobile web surveys (FORS Guide N°01), Jessica M.E. Herzing

Measurement of income in surveys (FORS Guide N°02), Ursina Kuhn

Refusal conversion (FORS Guide N°04), Marieke Voorpostel

Surveying national minorities (FORS Guide N°06), Jessica M.E. Herzing, Guy Elcheroth, Oliver Lipps, Brian Kleiner

FORS Guides to data management

The correct, fast and easy handling of data is a major concern of all researchers collecting and processing data. The guides provide you with useful knowledge around your data management, from the planning to its implementation, the consideration of ethical issues and data protection until the final archiving and sharing of your data.

Ethics in the era of open research data: some points of reference (FORS Guide N°03), Pablo Diaz

The informed consent as legal and ethical basis of research data production (FORS Guide N°05), Sybil Krügel