German Youth Institute

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The German Youth Institute e. V. (DJI) is a social science institute for research and development in Germany in the areas of childhood, youth , family and the related political and practical areas. The German Youth Institute has existed since 1963. It is based in Munich and has a branch in the Francke Foundations in Halle (Saale) .


As a non-university institute at the interface between different scientific disciplines, federal levels, groups of actors, policy areas and specialist practices, the DJI offers usable findings from empirical research, current policy advice, and scientific support and stimulation of specialist practice. At the same time, the institute acts as a mediator between science, politics and specialist practice.

The board of directors consists of the director Thomas Rauschenbach , the deputy director Sabine Walper and the administrative director Astrid Fischer. As of December 31, 2018, 390 employees were employed full-time and part-time. Of these employees, 252 were scientific employees, 41 scientific assistants, 23 student assistants and 74 employees from the non-scientific area (administration, scientific department of the board and IT group). The institute, founded in 1963, is supported by a non-profit association with members from politics, science, associations and institutions for child, youth and family welfare. The institutional budget is largely financed from funds from the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth and to a lesser extent from the federal states. As part of the project funding, additional grants come from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and a. by foundations, the European Commission and institutions that promote science.

The institute provides the management for the expert commissions for the preparation of the reports on children and young people as well as the family reports of the federal government and is also involved in national education reporting. It regularly informs politicians, specialist practitioners and the interested (specialist) public about its research activities and results. Among other things, with the DJI Impulse magazine, which appears four times a year (until 2008 as DJI Bulletin ) with an additional English-language edition, as well as books by DJI Verlag, DJI book series from third-party publishers and a wealth of information material from research and development projects.

The institute organizes scientific conferences for specialist staff from educational practice and social administration as well as for actors from science, politics, business, associations and the media. It carries out international research projects - especially within the framework of the EU -, takes part in international conferences, maintains contacts with foreign scientists and looks after visiting scholars.


The current work focuses on four areas:

  • Research on the life situations and development of children and young people, on the situation and coexistence of families as well as on the related performance systems and policies of the education, training and social system.
  • Furthermore, research projects are carried out in the research departments of the DJI, which offer practical problems and solutions for action. The results of these research projects are published in various forms of publication. This includes: teaching materials, databases of good examples in (technical) practice, manuals for practical methods and implementation concepts.
  • The central DJI tasks also include policy advice for the federal government, states, municipalities and the European Union, especially in the fields of child, youth, youth welfare and family policy, but also in the political fields of education, health, justice and migration.
  • Services for third parties as practical and specialist advice as well as implementation and accompanying research in the aforementioned areas and in the form of information provision for the (scientific) specialist public, practice and the media.


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Individual evidence

  1. German Youth Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary. In: Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth. (BMFSFJ), June 27, 2013, accessed October 3, 2019 .
  2. Annual report 2018. Published by the German Youth Institute, Munich 2019 , p. 62.
  3. Annual report 2013. Published by the German Youth Institute, Munich 2014, p. 3.