Under the auspices of the Faculty of Social and Health Studies, the Competence Centre for Empirical Research into Youth Work and Social Sciences (JaSo) supports and bundles a range of empirical social science research projects. The results generated by this research are documented, made available and disseminated.
The Competence Centre evaluates social practices empirically on a robust scientific basis, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods appropriate to the subject matter, with a focus on developing innovative approaches that are relevant to practice and tailored to the situation concerned. Social space analyses, participatory procedures and the involvement of relevant groups also play an important role.
Empirical youth work research
Linking into the expertise and specialist reputation accrued in Bavaria and throughout Germany, especially in the context of externally funded research projects, the focus of this pillar is empirical youth work research. The Competence Centre has now spent over six years working on major research projects at Kempten University of Applied Sciences spanning several years, including practically focused research projects in collaboration with partners such as the Bavarian Youth Ring.
Empirical social research in the social sector
This pillar focuses primarily on the study of issues arising in social work and the social sector – in particular, topics such as inclusion and exclusion (homelessness, debt problems, inclusion, networking), research into care, and social organisations. The Competence Centre is able to draw on many years of research experience in projects funded by third parties.
Scientific support and evaluation
Projects, measures and services within the social economy are examined and accompanied in a scientifically sound manner, taking into account appropriate methods, and by flexibly addressing the concerns and issues presented by drawing upon corresponding professional expertise in this field. The main clients and sponsors include the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Culture, the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care, local authorities and service providers.
Prof. Dr. Peter Nick
Prof. Dr. Patricia Pfeil
Prof. Dr. Ursula Müller
Marion Einsiedler, M.A.
Micha Jung, M.A.
Thomas Miller, M.A.
Regina Roland, M.A.
Deborah Unmuth, Dipl.-Sozialwirtin (FH)
Alice Düwel, Dipl.-Medienwirtin
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