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What we offer

inspire research offers evidence-based analysis of research and innovation policy and strategic advice to stakeholders in the public and private sectors on research and innovation activities. You have come to the right place if you want to learn more about …

  • ... whether your institution or its programmes, measures and activities achieve their goals and objectives;

  • ... the intended and non-intended outcomes and impacts of research and innovation activities on your own organisation, on your target groups and other stakeholders;

  • ... the impacts of technological, societal and political challenges and how to best deal with changing environments;

  • ... how your institution’s activities and performance compare to that of your peers and competitors;

  • ... how to design your activities even more effectively and efficiently.

We use a broad set of qualitative and quantitative research methods in our work. Depending on the terms of our assignments and data availability, we will combine our own field research (e.g. questionnaire surveys and interviews) with statistical and qualitative analysis of information and data provided by our clients or coming from third-party sources. Among our competences are social network analysis, collaboration pattern analysis, comparative bibliometrics and patent analysis.

inspire research separates empirical facts from opinions, third-party assessments and our own interpretations and conclusions. We assess empirical data and information model-based and communicate the underlying assumptions and conceptual frameworks to our clients in a transparent way.

We don’t jump to conclusions. Our findings are always supported by evidence and justified by sound analytical reasoning. We do not confuse correlation with causality. We refrain from doing so even if our clients or other stakeholders would like us to.

inspire research is committed to the quality standards laid down in the recommendations for safeguarding good scientific practice of the German Research Foundation (DFG).