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Since start of 2007 the pilot project “Demokratiestärkende Bildungsarbeit im ländlichen Raum” (educational work to invigorate democracy in rural areas), “Soziale Bildung e.V.” has been involved in research and evaluation as well as being dedicated to practical educational work. In addition to evaluating our own projects, the association analyses the work of its peers in the areas of child and youth outreach as well as education in politics. An extensive list of completed projects can be found in the ‘completed projects’ section including relevant research papers and recommendations.

Offers in the field of research and evaluation:

Our research papers are based on empirical data resulting from surveys and comprehensive methods of analysis. The surveys and methods of analysis are individualised to fit the specific needs of each particular client.

We strive to combine different surveying methods in our work. This is based on a complementary concept of triangulation aiming at generating comprehensive gains in knowledge and compensating for methodical deficits in the gathering of data.

Following methods can be applied in scope of the analysis:

qualitative methods:

  • guideline-based interviews
  • transcription of interviews
  • observations and their analysis by way of comprehensive documentation
  • evaluation of qualitative data (interviews) by way of computer-assisted analysis
  • statistical methods in the area of univariate analyses (descriptive descriptions) as well as bivariate and multivariate analyses (context analysis)

quantitative methods:

  • creation of questionnaires
  • creation of online and hard copy questionnaires
  • evaluation of quantitative data by SPSS
  • preparation of data sets in different formats

Analytic methods for interaction-oriented environments and social spaces:

The range of methods is associated with the area of practical research and has rather minimal demands from the otherwise high-threshold quality criteria of social research. These methods are also an analysis of pedagogical activation. Some selected methods are:

  • associative methods
  • socio-metric methods
  • inspection of districts
  • needle method
  • subjective maps
  • future workshops

Upon completion, the raised data is compiled in reports:

  • creation of comprehensive and concrete reports
  • interweaving of qualitative and quantitative data
  • putting raised empirical data in the context of its scientific discourse
  • presentation of the results in workshops and lectures
  • creation of pedagogical recommendations