About the Department
The Department for Research Synthesis, Intervention, and Evaluation was set up in October 2004 by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) within the research group on "Discrimination and Tolerance in Intergroup Relations." After the end of the funding period, the department will be taken over by the Friedrich-Schiller University and the Psychological Institute. The main subject is the development and systematic evaluation of psychological interventions on the basis of scientific knowledge and empirical findings. Accordingly, its work is divided into three domains: Research Synthesis, Intervention, and Evaluation.
Evaluation is generally viewed as the systematic assessment of programs or intervention measures according to scientific methods and criteria. This process draws on methodological research strategies as well as systematic data collections and data analyses. Evaluation studies can be used to address a variety of aspects of a program or intervention measure (e.g., efficacy, implementation, theoretical foundation).
Evaluation research is an interdisciplinary field of science that has gained increasing international attention not only in psychology but also in sociology, political science, medicine, education, and other social and natural sciences. As a result of its multidisciplinary origins, there are numerous models and conceptions of evaluation and evaluation research as well as discipline-specific methodological problems. Nonetheless, there is a general consensus that a systematic evaluation of intervention is an essential basis for professional activities, and should be an integral part of public policy and political decision-making.
Our department takes a critical-rational orientation (in line with Cook & Campbell, 1979; Shadish, Cook, & Campbell, 2002) and focuses particularly on the applied perspective: Alongside methodological and conceptional issues in evaluation research, it specializes in concrete projects for evaluating psychological intervention measures in childhood and adolescence. A further research specialization is on the methods and problems of meta-evaluation, that is, on developing and testing instruments for the comparative assessment and integration of evaluation studies (see Research Synthesis).
Department of Research Synthesis,
Intervention and Evaluation
Institute of Psychology
Department of Research Synthesis, Intervention and Evaluation
07743 Jena/ Germany