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The Institute for Social Research and Social Economy (iso)
is the largest independent social science research institution in the Southwest of Germany. The iso-Institute conducts applied-oriented social science research and consultancy for political and economic institutions as well as for government offices. The interactive communication with its partners and the implementation of the scientific findings in companies, organisations and in the society are the main focus of the institute's work.
The iso-Institut was founded in 1969 and it consist of a cross-disciplinary team of about 15 scientists ranging from social sciences through political sciences, nursing, sciences to jurisprudence. The institute has been operating successfully- without any basic funding - in the research market and consultancy for over 50 years. German Federal Ministries such as the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG), the Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) are the main clients of the iso-Institute. Furthermore, we work for German State Ministries, the European Commission and for various foundations, municipalities, associations, chambers and private companies in the industrial and service sector.The core of our work lies in applied-oriented social science research alongside with basic research and scientifically supported advisory services.
The core of our work lies in applied-oriented social science research alongside with basic research and scientifically supported advisory services.
The iso-Institute is mainly active in the following work fields:
One of the special features of the work of our institute is the interaction between the various fields of work and research. As a rule, the cross-disciplinary team of our institute work with different project teams at the same time.
In the course of project implementation, primarily qualitative methods of social research are used, which are supplemented by quantitative methods as needed.
The iso-Institute's applied and practice-oriented work provides scientific support to companies and organisations in their daily work and it also offers practical and political advice. We help companies and public administrations to develop operational design approaches and to create innovative services. Furthermore, we support them in the further development of a sustainable human resources policy.
The iso-Institute is a registered association with state-recognised non-profit status.