Based on Art. 68 IVG and Art. 96 of the Ordinance on Invalidity Insurance (IVV), which oblige the Confederation to undertake an analysis of implementation of the law, between 2006 and 2009 the FOSI conducted a multiannual research programme on invalidity and disability and on implementation of the Federal Law on Invalidity Insurance (IVG). A summary of the entire programme was published in spring 2011. The second programme for the years 2010 through 2015 as well concluded with a synthesis report.
The main thrusts of the first programme were to identify the endogenous and exogenous origins of the rapid growth in invalidity figures, to draw up the bases (criteria and data) for evaluating the effectiveness of measures implemented as part of the IV revisions, and to propose new instruments to support the goals of the law and to amend it where necessary so as to increase its effectiveness. As the long-term impact could not yet be evaluated in the first programme owing to the short space of time that had elapsed since the revisions, a key focus of the second IV research programme (FoP2-IV/2010 to 2015) was on evaluating the measures introduced by the 4th and 5th IVG revision. Other focal points of the FoP2-IV included 'system' topics, with questions on the way the IV system works, its interfaces and 'actors' and, for instance, examining the motivation and incentives on the behaviour of actors and actor groups.
The goal of the third programme (FoP3-IV) is to meet current demands for scientific knowledge of invalidity insurance while taking account of the corresponding political developments (e.g. the 6th IVG revision that came into force on 1.1.2012 or the strategy for developing the IV system). The FoP3-IV will be implemented in line with the previous programmes on the basis of rolling planning to ensure that any topics that arise suddenly can be dealt with promptly.