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Evaluation of Complementary
Independent Participation
Counselling (EUTB)


Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)




infas - Institute of Applied Social Science; Prof. Dr. Gudrun Wansing (Humboldt-University, Berlin)

Our mission

The Complementary Independent Participation Counselling (EUTB) is a special advisory service for persons with disabilities and their families. The EUTB provides free information and advice on all questions concerning rehabilitation and participation and the related services with over 500 offers nationwide. In 2018, EUTB was introduced as a model, and in 2023 it entered normal operation.

Prognos accompanied the five-year model phase of the EUTB in cooperation with the infas Institute for Applied Social Science and Prof. Dr. Gudrun Wansing, from a scientific perspective. Conducted on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the focus was on fundamental questions about the conditions for implementation and the impact of the EUTB.

A mix of quantitative and qualitative instruments of empirical social research

The scientific monitoring used a broad mix of social science methods to consider the perspectives of the respective group. This included standardised surveys of EUTB offerings as well as non-EUTB-funded advisory institutions and their counsellors, observations of advisory discussions, regular data evaluations, and numerous workshops, group discussions, and interviews. In the course of the investigations, Prognos spoke to several hundred managers and consultants working in EUTB services, persons with disabilities seeking advice, the contact persons of service providers, and employees of the specialist department for participation counselling.

Core results

The final report, published in May 2023, systematically brings together the results of the scientific monitoring and makes recommendations for the further development of the EUTB.

Overall, the EUTB has succeeded in developing a widely accepted range of information and advice that complements the existing rehabilitation and participation advisory infrastructure. The specialist department for participation consulting has developed specialist high-quality training courses and materials and makes an important contribution to ensuring uniform quality standards. Those seeking advice from the EUTB rated the help received as very positive. In particular, peer-advice, i.e., the advice of affected persons for affected persons, is receiving great approval and is emerging as one of the EUTB’s unique selling points. Statistical analyses also show that the EUTB makes a significant contribution to strengthening the self-determination and social participation of those seeking advice.

Links and downloads

To the evaluation (Website BMAS in German)

To the interim report 2021 (in German)

Project team: Andreas Heimer, Patrick Frankenbach, Jan-Felix Czichon, Jakob Maetzel, Jan Braukmann, Lätizia Ludwig, Christina Resnischek (all Prognos), Dr. Holger Schütz, Maurice Fiedler, Dr Christian Deutschmann, Julia Harand, Niclas Kievelitz (all infas), Prof. Dr Gudrun Wansing (Humboldt-Universität, Berlin), Micah Jordan (Universität Kassel)

Last update: 25. Mai 2023

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