Center for Study Management

Mission Statement Center for Study Management

Data provided by the LIfBi—as a joint product of all LIfBi Departments and our various network partners—is an excellent foundation for national and international research on competence development and educational trajectories.


The Center for Study Management is in a key position managing the generation of longitudinal data and marketing LIfBi studies.


The aim of this work is to provide a high-level infrastructure for disciplinary and interdisciplinary research.


We take on custom-tailored infrastructure tasks, provide support, share our expertise, develop tools, and act in an outcome-oriented manner to conduct all studies in time, in cost, and in scope.


The "Golden Triangle"

The focus of the Center for Study Management lies on the processes and infrastructure tasks for data generation. In conducting LIfBi’s large-scale panel studies we balance the criteria „time“, „cost“, and „scope“. 





The Center for Study Management is comprised of three working units: Survey Administration and Controlling, Survey Coordination, and Study Communications. They enable and supervise, within a scientific structure, the execution of large scale studies based on research and driven by theory – in particular the highly complex National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). With the internationally unique methodological and organizational scope of the NEPS, the Center of Study Management is making a crucial contribution to the furtherance of the academic understanding regarding the implementation of studies of this kind. Directly assigned to the head of the Center for Study Management is the team for survey technology and survey-methodological research.


Additionally, the Center for Study Management supervises further survey projects of considerable academic and political significance. Particularly noteworthy here are the projects:

“Inclusive Education in Lower Secondary Schools in Germany” (INSIDE)

“Refugees in the German Educational System” (ReGES)

“Collecting additional panel data on former students with special educational needs of NEPS Starting Cohort 4–Grade 9” (FÖS)

“Panel of Teacher Education Students” (LAP)

“Educational Landscape of Upper Franconia” (BiLO).

"Teachers in Adult Education – a Panel Study" (TAEPS)