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Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS)
Date of Last update : 2019.06.06 Rivision Request
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Lausanne (UNIL)
Type Of RI
C/o Université de Lausanne, Quartier Mouline, Géopolis, Lausanne, PO: 1015, Vaud (Switzerland), Switzerland
Coordinating Country
Life Cycle Status
Operational since 2008
Mission and objective
FORS enhances and supports work in the social sciences by conducting surveys and methodological research, and by providing researchers with a wealth of information and data for secondary analysis.FORS implements large-scale national and international surveys, offers data and research information services to researchers and academic institutions, and conducts methodological and thematic research.
RI Keywords
Social science,data and information service,Survey,Political surveys,International surveys
RI Category
Databases;Registers and Survey-led Studies/Databases
Scientific Domain
Social Sciences
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- FORSbase

FORSbase is an online platform that enables you to access data and obtain information about social science studies in Switzerland. You can register your own research projects, as well as store and share your own data.


Conceptualisation and drafting of questionnaires• Sampling design and implementation• Programming and layout of questionnaires• Data collection• Data cleaning and preparation• Documentation• Data analysis, data visualisation and interpretation

- Training, Summer schools, Seminars