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The Prognos AG

How we work

We perform high-quality work. This is our guiding principle. Our roots lie in Switzerland, at the University of Basel - from the very beginning, substance and quality were particularly important to us.

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This means for our projects: We analyse carefully, develop reliable and reliable results and communicate them clearly and comprehensibly. For us, transparency is part of a credible, serious working method: In each analysis, it is clearly recognizable on whose behalf it was prepared, which assumptions were made and which methods we applied.

Further characteristics of our work:

  • Political Independence

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    Prognos AG does not receive any basic funding or subsidies from political parties or other political interest groups. We are not committed to any ideological orientation or school of thought. This is a benefit for our clients since an independent voice weighs more heavily in the public debate than a biased one. This is the reason why energy companies as well as environmental organisations, employers' associations and trade unions commission us. Quality is crucial. The results of methodically clean, independent work are accepted across ideological boundaries.

    undefinedHere you find a selection of our clients.

    In principle, Prognos does not accept any research or consulting assignments from political parties.

  • Economic Independence

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    Prognos finances itself through the successful processing of research and project orders. We currently manage more than 250 projects per year. There are no customers that account for significantly more than 10 percent of annual sales. That's why we never depend on a single assignment or a single client. With every inquiry, we have the freedom to decide whether to accept the project or not. We only do this if it is guaranteed that we can adhere to our quality standards and that the results will be recognised by experts and the public. Because we are convinced that this is, first and foremost, in the interest of the client.

  • How we ensure Compliance with our Quality Standards:

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    We live our guiding principle "We do high-quality work". It is also reflected in our rules and processes: regular project reviews and the four-eyes principle are a matter of course; internal and external discussions of results are part of our everyday work. At the same time, we live an open feedback culture across all hierarchical levels.

    Our employees, many of whom hold doctorates, are experts in their field. They feel strongly committed to their self-image according to the academic ethos of their profession. We employ scientists of all disciplines, e.g. economists, environmental economists and engineers, geographers, physicists, mathematicians and social and political scientists. The teams are newly assembled according to the project, across the various scientific disciplines. Different perspectives sharpen the view for project risks, while different methods complement each other.

    Our projects are based on structural plans, which enable us to adapt to current project developments time and again while incorporating the experience and knowledge gained.

    An experienced quality manager from management randomly checks our projects for compliance with our quality standards. In addition, he advises and accompanies the project team on selected projects. All employees also receive further training in quality management. In doing so, we orient ourselves to the relevant standards of DIN 69901 and DIN EN ISO 9001.

  • Our Network

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    Prognos has been working together with renowned institutes and research institutes for decades.

    These include, for example:

    • Facilities from the Helmholtz Association (e.g. the IIP at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT or the German Aerospace Center)
    • Institutes of the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (e.g. Fraunhofer ISI, Fraunhofer IVI, Fraunhofer UMSICHT)
    • Universities and university institutes (e.g. ETH Zurich, the Energy Economics Institute at the University of Cologne, the Université de Bruxelles or the Centre for Quality Assurance and Development at the University of Mainz)

    You can find out more about our partners from research and science undefinedhere.

  • Models

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    More than forty years of model work have made our models what they are today: interconnected and tested scientific instruments that enable us to create recognized, resilient forecasts and scenarios and to interpret them methodically.

    Our models compete with other models from science and consulting. Since we have been using the instruments for many years for recurring problems, we can review the results retrospectively and continuously improve the models. We map the interactions and dynamics of the respective model segments using well-founded methods and algorithms and test them using test routines and sensitivity calculations, inter alia.

  • Quality of the data used

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    Prognos uses only meaningful statistics from methodically clean, credible sources.

    The data comes from national and international organisations and research institutions, including, for example, data from official federal and state statistics, Eurostat or UN organisations, the Federal Employment Agency or the Federal Environment Agency, data from the Stifterverband der deutschen Wissenschaft, criminal statistics or the medical register, or data from the International Energy Agency or the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Energiebilanzen (AGEB).

    Our models are regularly compared with the updated economic data systems.

  • Memberships and Commitment

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    Prognos employees belong to various associations and societies dedicated to the future and the quality of research and project work. These include, for example, the German Society for Evaluation (DeGEval) and the German Society for Quality (DGQ). Many employees are also involved in alumni or other academic networks, such as the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes or professional associations such as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Programmforschung.

    Prognos is a signatory to the WIN Charter. Prognos AG thus makes a clear commitment to its economic, ecological and social responsibility. You can find out more about our target conceptundefinedhere.

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