Areas of Responsibility
The research at the State Institute for Family Research at the University of Bamberg includes both Basic and Applied Research, and scientific Policy Consultation.
Basic Research at the ifb provides comprehensive information on the development and structure of families, and engages in testing and developing theories, empirical methods and data collection tools in the field of family research.
In the area of Applied Research the researchers at the ifb deal with a broad range of assignments of high practical relevance. We provide empirical data, theoretical insights and practical applications which meet the needs of practice: the guidelines, handbooks and brochures which the ifb produces within the scope of such projects provide significant impulses for experts in the field. In the face of social change, decision-makers and stakeholders are in need of reliable and up-to-date information about families. Hence, the data from empirical research is an important basis for socio-political discussions and decisionmaking.
The ifb fuels such debates and discussion by consulting persons in charge in politics and family organisations. In this context, the ifb provides statements and assessments on questions of family development or the situation of families for the Bavarian State Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Affairs. Further, the ifb organises family-related forums and initiatives, produces expert reports and makes information available for various groups. These include ministries, associations, local authorities, work groups, committees and many other organisations which deal with the family on a state, federal, municipal and association level.
Journal of Family Research
Last but not least, the ifb has been publishing the Zeitschrift für Familienforschung/Journal of Family Research (ZfF/JFR), a peer-reviewed scientific journal in the field of family studies, since 1989.