The Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau is running a democracy barometer as well as a database for the Swiss elections and popular votes and ballots. On the platform for political education educators can find materials, information and suggestions for their classes.

Online database on citizens' initiatives

The database of the Centre for Research on Direct Democracy (c2d) includes detailed information on voting results as of 1970 – worldwide on a national level and, for Switzerland, also on the Cantonal level. It is publicly available and continuously updated.
Project head: Uwe Serdült
Research database UZH

Database Swiss elections and referendums (ZDA-BFS)

The cantonal and communal elections as well as the four annual referendum dates ensure that Swiss democracy remains active, also between the national elections. Commissioned by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (BFS), the ZDA is developing a database on the cantonal parliamentary and government elections, the elections in the 130 some Swiss cities, on the party positions and the communal results on national popular votes as well as the national parliamentary elections
Project head: Daniel Kübler, Daniel Bochsler
Project collaborators: Thomas Milic, Philippe Rochat, Karima Bousbah, Anna Christmann, Claudia Alpiger, Amanda Salamina
BFS Website elections

Research database UZH

Democracy barometer

The democracy barometer measures the quality of thirty established democracies. The most important data are publicly available. This allows one to make one’s own comparisons and analyses. The website makes comparative data available on the principles of freedom (individual freedoms, rule of law, public sphere), equality (participation, representation, transparency) and control (governability, competition, horizontal checks and balances). Further, indicators are given which were used to calculate the named principles. Country reports and additional materials (codebook, methodology) complete the selection.
Project head: Daniel Bochsler
Project team: Marc Bühlmann, Karima Bousbah, Miriam Hänni, Max Schubiger
Project website

Web platform Political Education

The platform offers teachers materials, information, and suggestions for lessons in political education. In addition to themes from history and political education, current political events are also included. Texts on the didactics and methodology of incorporating films provide teachers with ideas towards developing lesson plans. Information about relevant events and publications complete the website’s contents.
Project head: Béatrice Ziegler
Project team: Patrik Zamora, Kaspar Manz
Web platform civic education
Project database FHNW