Presentation of the different survey samples

The interviews

Through semi-directive interviews, the objective was to carefully listen to individuals’ subjective experiences, by deepening some of the aspects questioned in the survey. More specifically, the interview grid aimed at understanding how individuals were managing the daily adjustments imposed by the lock-down situation as well as the resources used to deal with them, from the living space, material, temporal, social, emotional and physical points of view. It also questioned feelings regarding the media, the evolution of personal experiences of the pandemic over time, as well as their view of the future in this context.

Candidates selection

The persons that have been interviewed individually were enrolled on a voluntary basis from the registration file coming from the online survey. Candidates studying at the EPFL and UNIL were not selected in order to seek the diversity of the sample.

Over the 60 people interviewed individually, 39 were women and 21 were men. Participants were 46 years old on average, the youngest person being 24 and the oldest one 80 years old. Three-quarters of them were in a relationship (married or not). About the same proportion was living in apartments, mainly including 2 adults (for 21 of the respondents), 2 more children (for 10 of them), or 1 person (15 of them). None of the interviewees had moved during the lockdown.

contacts : Marie Santiago ; Angélick Schweizer ; Fabienne Fasseur


Presentation of the different survey samples

The app

The mobile application “Civique” was set up to grasp the effects of the virus spread and according containment measures in everyday life. It aimed at monitoring the changes and challenges it caused and the new experiences that have been unknown to the world we live in. 

In the form of two Challenges, the app-based crowdsourcing activities guided participants through a series of questions and tasks to share experiences and strategies confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. They aimed at supporting participants to become researchers of their own situation, explore how to best face situations of crisis and reflect upon consequences for our common future. Besides responding to conventional survey questions, participants could express in creative ways, sharing stories and images of how the new circumstances had gradually transformed their lives.

When and where ?

The  crowdsourcing activities (Challenge 1 and 2) were implemented in the “Civique” App and lasted from End of April to End of Mai. With one week in-between Challenge 1 and 2,  the app-based data collection accompanied participants over several weeks and documented changes in the situation over time.

Who took part?

At the end of the national survey, respondents could express their interest in taking part in further research activities, such as crowdsourcing via the Civique App.

Contacts: Daniel Gatica-perez ; Livia fritz


Presentation of the different survey samples

The survey

Scope of Survey 

The survey was online from 8 April 2020 to 10 May 2020. The majority of responses were collected between 12 April and 16 April 2020. A total of 6,919 people responded to one of the four translated versions (French, German, English and Italian). The questionnaire was shared via an EPFL press release to mainstream media in Switzerland, the EPFL website page, social networks of the various institutions involved and researchers’ personal networks.

Geographical distribution of responses

The survey for the Swiss resident population travelled across borders and collected responses from all over the world. However, 91% of responses came from people residing in one of the country’s 26 cantons. To avoid mixing health and social situations that were too different, the results given here are only from residents of Switzerland, regardless of their nationality.

Distribution of responses by canton

The Canton of Vaud was the most active in survey responses, followed by the canton of Geneva, Valais, Friborg and Neuchâtel. The French-speaking region was predominant in the questionnaire period, with 91% of responses given in French. To a lesser extent, Bern, Zurich and Ticino are also represented.

contacts : Garance Clément ; Laurie Daffe
First results

Experiences of the crisis

We have gathered here the first results of the survey on the Covid19 experience during semi-confinement in Switzerland. Housing conditions, relationship to work, gender inequalities, reorganisation of family life, new routines and personal feelings towards the crisis are the main themes addressed.