What we offer

inspire research offer evidence based analyses 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 would like to learn more about …

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

  • ... the indented and non-indented outcomes and impacts of research and innovation activities internally,
    on their 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 your peers and competitors;

  • ... how do 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 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 also social network analysis, collaboration pattern analysis, comparative bibliometrics and patent analysis.

inspire research explicitly separates empirical facts from opinions, third 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 would confuse correlation with causality. We refrain from doing so even if our clients or other stakeholders would happily conclude causality.

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