FORS is a national social science infrastructure and conducts surveys on a wide array of social science topics that allow for the long term observation of political and social structures and change. Most of the surveys are also of comparative nature and part of large international survey programs where FORS conducts the Swiss part. The surveys conducted in this funding period are ESS, EVS, ISSP/MOSAicH, SELECTS and the SHP

Lay summary

FORS missions includes conducting scientific surveys on a wide array of social science topics. All these surveys are on the current Swiss National Roadmap for research infrastructures. More information can be found on the tri-lingual FORS website at www.forscenter.ch.

The funding for the period 2017-2020 includes the following components:

The European Social Survey (ESS) is a biennial, cross-national survey that started in 2002. In 2013 the ESS was awarded ERIC status. The current funding proposal includes two waves (in 2018 and 2020).

The European Values Study (EVS) was one of the first established collaborative projects in the social sciences in Europe. Since 1981, every nine years a large academic-driven survey is carried out simultaneously in European countries. The next EVS wave will take place in 2017.

The “Measurement and Observation of Social Attitudes in Switzerland” MOSAiCH integrates several international repeated surveys, namely the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) and questions from the Eurobarometer. Two waves are planned in 2017 and 2019.

The Swiss Electoral Studies (Selects) is the main research project studying voting behavior in Switzerland and in comparative perspective. Selects will be conducted around the 2019 national elections ant they include international project such as the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) and the Comparative Candidate Survey (CCS).

The Swiss Household Panel (SHP) is a unique longitudinal study that allows for the analysis of mid- to longterm micro-social change on a wide variety of topics. Collecting data on households and individuals since 1999, the SHP data allow longitudinal analyses over a period now spanning 18 years and four more years will be added in the coming funding period.