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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.


Research Synthesis               Intervention            Evaluation


A psychological intervention is a planned attempt to modify human behavior, cognitions, and affects in line with a previously set goal based on rationality and scientific findings as well as psychological and practical knowledge. This goal may be attained by promoting individual competencies, compensating individual deficits, and changing relevant conditions in the social environment.


The term intervention is used to cover a host of different measures that can be sorted into the categories promotion, prevention, therapy (treatment), or rehabilitation. The department specializes in research on early interventions for children at risk; the promotion of tolerance and prevention of prejudice; the prevention of aggression, violence, delinquency, and crime; and the psychotherapeutic treatment of children and adolescents. We are also working on theoretical and conceptional foundations of intervention measures in general, problems with their implementation in psychosocial care systems, and their efficacy and effectiveness (see also Evaluation, Research Synthesis).

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Department of Research Synthesis,

Intervention and Evaluation


Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena

Institute of Psychology

Department of Research Synthesis, Intervention and Evaluation

Humboldtstraße 26

07743 Jena/ Germany





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