Objectives of methodological research at FORS
Methodological research at FORS focuses on the following aspects of data collection:
- coverage challenges and the impact of unit nonresponse and attrition;
- representation and reported data quality of minority groups;
- factors that influence measurement errors;
- interviewer effects on different forms of survey error;
- challenges of conducting surveys in a multilingual context regarding measurement errors.
- research the effectiveness of different modes of data collection and fieldwork methods;
- develop customised data collection strategies for different subgroups;
- identify paradata correlated with response propensities and key survey variables to enable the monitoring of bias throughout the fieldwork phase;
- investigate threats to the continuity of time series due to changes in the survey design.
- the exploration of new technologies for the collection of survey data and the development of best practices;
- the exploration of opportunities to enrich FORS data by linking records and context variables;
- staying up-to-date on alternatives to probability-based sample surveys and on other developments in social science research, such as the use of non-probability-based surveys or collecting data via social networks (big data).
Recent publications from FORS concerning methodological research
Adjustment for nonresponse with variables from different sources: Bias correction and precision loss, with application to the Swiss European Social Survey 2012, Vandenplas Caroline, Ernst Stähli Michèle, Joye Dominique, Pollien Alexandre, 2017/05/23. Mathematical Population Study, 24 (4) pp. 103-125. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Gender of Interviewer Effects in a multi-topic centralized CATI Panel Survey, Lipps Oliver, Lutz Georg, 2017/02/01. methods, data, analyses, 11 (1) pp. 67-86. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Modeling Cooperation in an Address-register-based Telephone/Face-to-face Survey, Lipps O., 2016/11. Field Methods, 28 (4) pp. 396-414. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Attrition when dropping CAPI from a CATI/CAPI panel survey, Lipps O., Lebert F., 2016/07. Survey Practice, 9 (2) pp. 1-5. Peer-reviewed.
Incentives as a Possible Measure to Increase Response Rates, Ernst Stähli Michèle, Joye Dominique, 2016/07. pp. 425-440 in Wolf Christof, Joye Dominique, Smith Tom W., Fu Yang-chih (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology chap. 28, SAGE.
Non-Observation Bias in an Address-Register-Based CATI/CAPI Mixed Mode Survey, Lipps O., 2016/05. methods, data, analyses, 10 (1) pp. 5-24. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Sample Representation and Substantive Outcomes Using Web With and Without Incentives Compared to Telephone in an Election Survey, Lipps O., Pekari N., 2016/03. Journal of Official Statistics, 32(1) pp.165-186. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Attrition in the Swiss Household Panel: are vulnerable groups more affected than others ?, Rothenbühler M., Voorpostel M., 2016. pp. 221-242 in Oris M., Roberts C., Joye D., Ernst-Staehli M. (eds.) Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course chap. 10, Springer. [DOI]
How to survey displaced workers in Switzerland: Ways of addressing sources of bias, Baumann I., Lipps O., Oesch D., Vandenplas C., 2016. pp. 159-176 in Oris M., Roberts C., Joye D., Ernst Staehli M. (eds.) Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course chap. 7, Springer. [DOI]
Mixing modes of data collection in Swiss social surveys: Methodological report of the LIVES-FORS mixed mode experiment, Roberts Caroline, Joye Dominique, Ernst Stähli Michèle, 2016. LIVES Working Papers, 48 pp. 1-42. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Representation of Vulnerability and the Elderly: A Total Survey Error Perspective on the VLV Survey, Oris M., Guichard E., Nicolet M., Gabriel R., Tholomier A., Monnot C., Fagot D., Joye D., 2016. pp. 27-64 dans Oris M., Roberts C., Joye D., Ernst Stähli M.(eds.) Surveying Human Vulnerabilities Across the Life Course chap. 2, Heidelberg: Springer. [DOI]
Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course, Oris Michel, Roberts Caroline, Joye Dominique, Ernst Staehli Michèle (eds.), 2016., 1 Life Course Research and Social Policies, 3 242, Springer. [DOI]
Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course: Balancing substantive and methodological challenges, Oris Michel, Roberts Caroline, Joye Dominique, Ernst Staehli Michèle, 2016. pp. 1-25 dans Oris Michel, Roberts Caroline, Joye Dominique, Ernst Staehli Michèle(eds.) Surveying human vulnerabilities across the life course chap. 1, Springer. [DOI]
The Swiss Household Panel Study: Observing social change since 1999, Tillmann R., Voorpostel M., Kuhn U., Lebert F., Ryser V.-A., Lipps O., Wernli B., Antal E., 2016/01. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 7 (1) pp. 64-78. [DOI]
Psychometric properties of extra-short Big Five personality measures in multi-topic surveys: Documenting personality traits in the SHP and MOSAiCH, Ryser V.-A, 2015/11. (5), Université de Lausanne, FORS.
Quality criteria for sociology? What sociologists can learn from the project developing and testing research quality criteria in the humanities, Ochsner Michael, Hug Sven E., Tobias Wolbring, 2015/09. SOCIOLOGIA E POLITICHE SOCIALI 2 pp. 90-110. [DOI]
Undercoverage and Nonresponse in a List-sampled Telephone Election Survey, Lipps O., Pekari N., Roberts C., 2015/08. Survey Research Methods, 9 (2) pp. 71-82. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Language Ability and Motivation among Foreigners in Survey Responding, Kleiner B., Lipps O., Ferrez E., 2015/06. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, 3 (3) pp. 339-360. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Identifying Pertinent Variables for Nonresponse Follow-Up Surveys: Lessons Learned from 4 Cases in Switzerland, Vandenplas Caroline, Joye Dominique, Ernst Stähli Michèle, Pollien Alexandre, 2015. Survey Research Methods, 9 (3) pp. 141-158. Peer-reviewed. [DOI]
Material deprivation from 1999 to 2013 in Switzerland: How index construction impacts on measured patterns of evolution, Pascale Gazareth and Katia Iglesias, 2017-2.
A methodological journey towards integrating a gender perspective into the measurement of violence against women and intimate partner violence, Julien Chevillard, Lavinia Gianettoni, and Véronique Jaquier, 2016-3.
An evaluation of the CASP-12 scale used in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) to measure Quality of Life among people aged 50+, Carmen Borrat-Besson, Valérie-Anne Ryser and Judite Gonçalves, 2015-4.
Big data for the social sciences, Brian Kleiner, Alexandra Stam and Nicolas Pekari, 2015-2.
Non-observation bias in an address-register-based CATI/CAPI mixed mode survey, Oliver Lipps, 2015-1.