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Society & State

Accompanying social transformation, strengthening the welfare state.

Demographic developments, sustainability, digitalisation and technological change all have far-reaching effects – on our private lives, on how our children and young people are raised, and on individual and state services of general interest. The social-state promise to provide good opportunities – in general, but also for work – and a basic protection against elementary risks during life, is under scrutiny.  

To ensure successful societal transformation, we evaluate and design good conditions for families, childhood and youth, for health, care and inclusion, the vocational education sector, the further development of social security systems and public administration.  

We want to understand: who is keeping pace or winning in the societal transformation process? Which groups, regions, or sectors are vulnerable? This is the basis of our recommendations for the further development of structures and processes across all levels of the welfare state, as well as for preventive and empowering investments that avoid long-term social consequences.

Children, Youth & Families


Targeted support and better compatibility of family and work – strong families empower society and the economy.

Health, Care & Inclusion


Independent living and equal participation in society: to ensure this, we challenge the status quo and help improve the provision of care and support.

Education


Education is the most important resource of the knowledge economy – this makes education and training essential to the German national economy.

Social Protection


A society in transition needs a robust social safety net. Social security is facing enormous challenges.

Organisational Consulting for the Public Sector


What distinguishes successful organisations? A clear goal orientation and the continuous improvement of their own structures and processes.

Our work on this topic

Take a look at our latest projects and activities.

Harnessing Talent Platform: Technical support in progress

2024
| Project update

The Harnessing Talent Platform supports selected regions within the EU that are particularly affected by demographic change and the brain drain. The technical support that Prognos is providing in some regions has now been launched with kick-off meetings.

Evaluation of childcare services in NRW

ongoing
| Project

On behalf of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Ministry for Children- Refugees and Integration, Prognos evaluated the changes resulting from the amended Children's Education Act (KiBiz).

KreativLand Baden-Württemberg

2024
| Project

Creatives in the countryside? As scientific partner in the model project KreativLand Baden-Württemberg, Prognos examined the status quo, the opportunities and the challenges facing creatives living and working outside of the urban centres and regions.

Evaluation of the Bildungsketten Initiative

ongoing
| Project

The Bildungsketten Initiative’s goal is to support coordinated action by the Federal and State governments at the most important interfaces of the educational process. Prognos evaluates the initiative on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Trend Report 2024: Germany on its path to digital administration - an update

2024
| Project

Where does Germany stand on its path to digital administration? The Trendreport 2024 gives an update and recommendations for the digitalisation of the public administration system.

Career orientation for immigrants

2024
| Project

The transition into the job market often represents a greater challenge for immigrants. We evaluated a subsidised programme that supports them in meeting this challenge on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The invisible value of care work

2024
| Expertise

72 billion hours: That is how many unpaid care work hours are performed in Germany, annually, by women. In a new paper, we show the value of unpaid care work and how unevenly it is dis-tributed between men and women.

Innovations in domestic care

ongoing
| Project

A skilled worker shortage and increased numbers of people requiring care: domestic care is facing major challenges. Prognos is evaluates the implementation of the Buurtzorg approach, an innovative community care model, for the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion.

Indicators of equal living conditions

ongoing
| Project

The establishment of equal living conditions in Germany is one of the goals being prioritised by the Federal Government. But how can the equivalence of living conditions be measured? Prognos develops a set of indicators.

Evaluation of Thuringia’s Inclusion Act

ongoing
| Project

On behalf of the Thuringian Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family, Prog-nos is investigating the implementation and effectiveness of the Thuringian Equal Opportunities and Inclusion Act.

Securing skilled workers with the help of the Harnessing Talent Platform

ongoing
| Project

DG Regio's new platform aims to help EU regions develop strategies to attract talent. Prognos is, among other things, leading the knowledge generation.

Evaluation of the infant nutrition preventive programme

ongoing
| Project

For the Association of Private Health Insurance, Prognos supports and evaluates the develop-ment of the “Early happiness: Discovering nutrition together” programme.

Christian Böllhoff on the parental allowance debate

2023
| Company news

Family policy in the spotlight: “We do not need short-winded politics that disrupt and divide,” writes head of Prognos in his SPIEGEL guest article.

Pension at 63 – Quo vadis?

2023
| Project

Retiring at 63 is very popular. In 2021 alone, more than 270,000 people took the option of early retirement. These were the findings of our study for the INSM.

Evaluation of Complementary Independent Participation Counselling (EUTB)

2023
| Project

Together with the infas Institute for Applied Social Science and Prof. Dr. Gudrun Wansing, Prognos evaluated the available advice for persons with disabilities and their families over a five-year period.

Success Factor Family

ongoing
| Project

With the “Success Factor Family” business programme, the BMFSFJ, together with the leading associations of the German economy and the DGB, is committed to a family-conscious work-place.

Accompanying research on the FONA strategy

ongoing
| Project

The Research for Sustainability (FONA) funding programme is intended to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Will this target be achieved and which methods can be used to measure this? We investigate this together with partners for the BMBF.

Inflation – extra burden and relief for family households

2022
| Project

Calculations on inflation-related additional private household expenditure and the work of the Federal Government's relief package.

Report on all-day education and childcare services for primary school children

ongoing
| Project

By the year 2027, Germany will need around 470,000 additional all-day places for primary school-aged children. On behalf of the Family Ministry, we examined how this will be achieved.

Evaluation of EU funding programme for the development of digital solutions for older people

2022
| Project

Digital solutions can make life easier for older people. The EU's Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL2) has actively contributed to the development of novel solutions.

Benefits of Covid testing for the Swiss economy and the healthcare system

2022
| Project

Testing for Covid interrupted chains of infection, relieved the burden on the health system, and supported the economy. We quantified these effects for Roche Diagnostics Switzerland.

No generational conflict: Young and old are primarily looking for security.

2022
| Project

Study compares “boomers” and Generation Z: high need for security for young and old alike.

Community health promotion and prevention

ongoing
| Project

Prognos evaluates the GKV-Bündnis für Gesundheit funding programme for municipal structural development and target group-specific interventions.

Cross-innovation success factors for the cultural and creative industries

2022
| Project

Interdisciplinary cooperation and innovation are characteristic of the cultural and creative industries. Prognos investigated which factors promote cross-industry cooperation.

Implementation of the UN Disability Rights Convention in Baden-Württemberg

2022
| Project

Is the Baden-Württemberg State Action Plan on Equality of People with Disabilities achieving its objectives? Prognos investigated this on behalf of the state government.

Careers guidance evaluation

2021
| Project

What makes good careers guidance? Prognos evaluated careers guidance measures in Brandenburg over three years.

Learning from the Corona crisis

2021
| Project

Experiences and new impulses for company reconciliation policy.

The situation of single or separated parents

2021
| Project

The 43rd Family Research Monitor presents new figures, facts and study results on the situation of single and separated parents in Germany.

Innovation region Central Germany 2040 – Socio-economic perspective

2021
| Project

The population in Central Germany is shrinking, aging, and requires increasing levels of care. However, the industries in focus have leverage – especially in cities.

Digital Higher Education

2021
| Project

Prognos AG has been evaluating the BMBF's funding activities in the research field of "Digital Higher Education" since the end of 2020.

Services for families in Germany

2021
| Project

Family education and family counselling facilities in Germany have a wide reach and support people in different social situations. This is shown in a study for the BMFSFJ.

40+x? Social contributions in focus

2021
| Project

Due to demographic aging in Germany, social security contributions will rise to 46% by 2040. These were the findings of our calculations for the INSM.

Digital State trend report

ongoing
| Project

Since 2016, Prognos’ management consulting team has been helping compile the Digital State trend report in cooperation with Behörden Spiegel. Each year the report is devoted to another forward-looking trend topic for public administration.

Digital State trend report 2021: Removing hurdles

2021
| Project

Removing hurdles – innovative, pragmatic, hands-on. The report presents innovative solutions for digital management.

Das Bildungsgrundeinkommen – ein Instrument der Weiterbildungsfinanzierung

2021
| Project

Das Zentrum Liberale Moderne macht einen Vorschlag, die Weiterbildungsfinanzierung auf neue Grundlagen zu stellen. Prognos hat die Kosten des neuen Instrumentes in einer Studie abgeschätzt.

German Competence Centre for Cultural & Creative Industries

ongoing
| Project

Corona-affliction, the research landscape, and the cultural and creative industries’ digital business models. We are one of the project promoters for the Federal Cultural and Creative Industries Competence Centre.

The future of values held by people in our country

2020
| Project

The Future Office of the BMBF Strategic Foresight process, made up of Prognos and Z_punkt, looks into the future of values in Germany.

Effects of the statutory minimum wage on pension development

2020
| Project

Does the statutory minimum wage have an influence on pension development and individual pension entitlements? Prognos investigated this on behalf of the Minimum Wage Commission.

Evaluation of the BMBF Framework Programmes FONA

2020
| Project

Together with Fraunhofer ISI, Prognos has evaluated the framework programs for the promotion of research into sustainable development (FONA).

ZDF Germany Study 2019

2019
| Project

On behalf of ZDF, we examined the external living conditions for families and senior citizens in Germany's 401 districts and independent cities.

Future Office of the 3rd Foresight process on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

ongoing
| Project

Prognos will provided the role of Future Office of the 3rd Foresight process on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for the last 4 years.

Integration: Strengthen cooperation between districts, associated municipalities & cities

2019
| Project

For the Robert Bosch Foundation, Prognos conducted a workshop with integration stakeholders from districts, municipalities, and cities.

The change of long-term care

2019
| Project

Prognos examined approaches to the further development of care professions and the prospects for the financing of the social long-term care insurance (SPV) up to the year 2050.

CREATIVE.REPORT

2019
| Project

The creative report from CREATIVE.NRW provides facts and figures about the creative industries in NRW. The data was collected and evaluated by Prognos.

Care Perspective. Reorientation of the elderly care profession

2019
| Project

The annual expenditure of social long-term care insurance will continue to increase in the coming decades according to the results of a Prognos study for the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Gradual increase of the R&D R&D ratio up to 3.5% of GDP

2019
| Project

On behalf of the BMBF, Prognos calculated, among other things, the macroeconomic effects of higher spending on research and development.

Benefits & effects of COST for Germany

2019
| Project

COST promotes networking activities. An important effect of COST: the cooperation and harmonisation of European research.

Strategies to combat the skilled-worker shortage in nursing care

2018
| Project

Which strategies can be used to tackle the shortage of skilled workers in nursing care for the elderly? This question is the subject of a Prognos study commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Learning from the world: handling of cultural diversity

2018
| Project

How can living together in cultural diversity succeed? On the occasion of the award of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018, Prognos was commissioned by the Bertelsmann Stiftung to conduct international good-practice research on this question.

Women & retirement provision

2018
| Project

A stronger employment orientation for women can help to stabilise the public pension system – while also benefitting their own financial position in old age.

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