In Real-World Lab projects prevalent social issues and their possible solutions are investigated and scientifically evaluated. This enables the region's knowledge-base to be widened, the effectiveness of measures to be investigated and best-practice recommendations to be developed.
Further information: Real-World Labs (german)
The Real-World Lab project in the Rhine-Neckar region is focused on identifying the factors necessary for the quickest possible social integration of asylum seekers in the towns of Heidelberg, Sinsheim and Wiesloch. In particular, the following factors,
- language acquisition
- professional training
- integration in the job market
- decentralised living
- civic engagement of members of the host community
are considered to play a significant role in successful integration.
The project is being carried out in collaboration between the Heidelberg University of Education (PH) and the Mannheim Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). Researchers from Heidelberg University are also significantly involved. In addition, numerous representatives with practical experience in the field of integration actively contribute to the project.
This sub-project (headed by the CSI) concerns the motivations behind civic engagement and the types of engagement undertaken by citizens and the associated organisations working in the fields of professional training and language proficiency, employability and social integration. Any trends and innovations will also be identified.
Of particular interest is how informal and formal actors in the civic community work together and how they cooperate with state, and in particular municipal actors, as well as representatives from the private sector. In addition, the impact of such collaboration on usual forms and conceptions of local cooperation and governance will be investigated.
In sub-project I, this is reflected in a focus on the tension between volunteer and official engagement. In sub-project II, investigation focuses on aspects of trisectoral cooperation. In sub-project III, new forms of civic engagement in individual areas are considered.