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DFG Research Training Group 2493

"Between the View of the Addressee and Expectations of Effects: Consequences of Social Services Work"


The Research Training Group "Between the View of the Addressee and Expectations of Effects: Consequences of Social Services Work" focuses on the study of the impacts of social services work from a deliberately interdisciplinary perspective. The primary objective of the social services work is to improve the social participation and courses of action of their users. In public, political and academic contexts, it is increasingly expected to provide documentation as to whether or how the support achieves its objective. So far, relevant studies have followed highly divergent disciplinary approaches, revealing a disparate landscape of research. The research training group constructively exploits this diversity: it links social pedagogical, psychological and sociological approaches to each other in order to establish a research context in which the doctoral students work on fundamental questions of outcome research. They learn about the complexity of outcome research and acquire specialist knowledge of concrete forms of social services work in order to position themselves excellently in a research context that is highly relevant both nationally and internationally.

In order to ensure that the doctoral theses are interdisciplinary, the graduate college is predicated on the fact that social services work is always to be implemented based on its users. The acknowledgment of specific living conditions and individual circumstances, which must be taken into account in social services work, reveals intended and unintended consequences of social services work. Five basic questions are used to achieve the interdisciplinary foundation of the graduate college:

a) How can consequences of social services work be conceptualized?
b) How do consequences emerge?
c) How are users involved in the constitution of consequences?
d) How can consequences be researched methodologically and methodically?
e) How does social services work interact with the identity of users?

The various doctoral theses gain essential benefit through the graduate college by exploring all five questions and getting to know different disciplinary and interdisciplinary forms of research into social services work. The concept of qualification and mentoring ensures that the doctoral students are deeply involved in the associated contexts.