Research at ASH Berlin

Research plays a key role in the development of ASH Berlin.  Application-based research is aimed at developing and academically supporting innovations in professional practice in the fields of social care and healthcare. Engaging in this type of research is also essential to ensure that teaching and further training reflect the latest developments in the various disciplines.

In an environment characterized by a continual and bi-directional flow of knowledge between the university and professional practice, the primary emphasis is on implementing new approaches, processes or solutions to problems, which are fostered through close ties between the development of professional practices and scientific analysis

ASH Berlin supports the research activities of its professors in many ways: by providing funding, promoting the acquisition of external funding and entering into both regional and international research partnerships.

This strategy has proven to be highly successful. Since 2005, ASH Berlin professors have been involved in over 100 research projects, 30 of which involved regional or international collaboration. ASH Berlin lecturers have published their findings in around 950 monographs, scientific papers and articles. The amount of external funding acquired for research at ASH Berlin increased from € 486,000 in 2008 to € 2,108,150 in 2016. This development is the result of the successful acquisition of several large-scale research projects with substantial funding, cooperation partnerships in research consortia with universities and practice partners as well as funding from the  Berlin Institute for Applied Research (IFAF Berlin).

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Health and Health Care Research

Research in the area of health and health care creates the scientific foundation for the innovative further development and resource-conscious organization of the healthcare sector with a patient- and user-centred approach. This research focus analyses both structures and problems related to everyday life and thus contributes to high-quality care for the entire population. Many of the research activities are interdisciplinary and/or inter-professional.

How can we better address target groups that are difficult to reach? What measures can help to improve the autonomy of patients with multiple diseases? What forms of housing and nursing can safeguard the quality of life for dementia patients and their relatives? What deficits in care are noticeable in new therapies? These and other key questions reflect the thematic fields of the research projects conducted at ASH Berlin.

  • HCP - Health Care Professionals - Online Bachelor´s Programme for Nursing and Therapy Professions
  • KiFa - Child and Family (KiFa) - family health promotion, especially with single parents
  • KLuG - Competence Tinkering "Setting Approach and Health: Participatory Methods"
  • PROREF (PH-LENS sub-project) - Pregnancy and obstetric care of Refugees
  • PPZ- Berlin - Nursing-Practice-Center of Geriatric Digital Assistance
  • RoSen - Humanoide Robotik in Senioren-Wohnanlagen
  • skill.LAB:XR - Extended Reality Enhanced Skills Lab
  • STIR - Development and Evaluation of Measures of Structured Transition and Integration of Migrated Physicians in German Rehabilitation Clinics
  • TraM - Understand and support traumas for underage refugees: Development of a low-threshold screening and support portal as the basis of a comprehensive psychosocial diagnostic model
  • ÄiM-R
  • AOP
  • CALOHEE - Measuring and Comparing Achievements of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education in Europe
  • CompCare - Competence based human resource management for coping with the demographic change - implementation of competence management in businesses of geriatric care
  • DemNet-D - DemNet-D Evaluating Dementia Care Networks in Germany
  • dig-TEMA - Full Digitization of a Motor Assessment
  • Dual courses of studies
  • EMES-BB - Economic Models for Evaluation of sample value in biobanking
  • EyeTrack4all - Expansion of the user group for gaze-controlled augmentative and alternative communication through the development of new processes for gaze control
  • FapP- Berliner Forum ambulanter privater Pflegedienste - Unternehmerische Akteure im Gesundheitssektor zwischen Wirtschaftlichkeit und guter Pflege
  • GLEPA - LGBTI* Aging and Care
  • GLESA - Sexuality, Independence, and Old Age: Independent Living of Elderly Gays and Lesbians as a Contribution to Innovative Care of Older People?
  • INDIKA - Indiciation specific regional coordinated post acut care of persons with stroke and persons with dementia following stroke in Berlin Pankow
  • INSOMNIA II - Interrelation of Sleep Disorders and Multimorbidity: Nursing Interventions for more Autonomy
  • INTER-M-E-P-P Berlin II - Interprofessional Learning and Teaching in Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nursing
  • InterTUT–  Interprofessional tutorials
  • IPIKAplus - Interprofessional and intercultural working in medicine, nursing and social service
  • Kammer-Studie - Study on the Acceptance of a Nursing Council in the Federal State of Berlin
  • Kammer-Studie_Schüler/-innen - Online-Befragung der Schüler/-innen der Kranken- und Altenpflegeschulen zur Pflegekammer in Berlin 
  • KuA - Krebs und Armut - Einfluss von sozioökonomischen Faktoren auf den Versorgungsprozess bei Krebspatienten
  • LedeMitH - Lifeworlds of Turkish immigrants with dementia and their families in Germany.A study on resources and burdens
  • MAAL - Development of a part-time, interdisciplinary Masters course in Ambient Assisted Living
  • MADRIC - IT-based Monitoring of Adverse Drug Reactions in Institutional Long-term Care for People with Dementia
  • manDAAD - manual skills: Digitized Assessment, Analysis and Documentation
  • NGK-Evaluation - Evaluation of the "Healthy Kids Network in Brandenburg"
  • Tailes+Dementia+Study - Scientific study for the project "Once upon a time... Fairy tales and dementia"
  • Tales+Study+Saxony - "Fairytales open doors" Accompanying scientific study of fairytale narrations in refugee shelters in Saxony
  • MPV Krebs - Medical and Nursing Care Pattern for Ambulatory Oncology Patients in the Urban-Rural Comparison (Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
  • PflegeLanG - Home Care in a Long-Living Society
  • QPM-Pflege - Integrated quality and human resource management in nursing companies - able to respond to demographic changes, able to work and lasting
  • QuAK - Qualitätsstandards der Adipositas-Prävention bei Kindern - Eine Bestandsaufnahme
  • RUSMUB - Young RUssian Speaking Migrants’ Utilization Behavior in Case of Intense Use of Alcohol and/or Drugs and (potential) Hepatitis
  • Selbsthilfe Aktiv (Active self-help) - (Inter-)active Self-Help for Turkish Family Caregiver of People with Dementia
  • Accompanying Evaluation of a Trauma Education Training at the "Tabaluga" Children and Youth ServicesBegleitevaluation einer Traumapädagogikschulung bei der 
  • ZukunftPflege (FutuerCare) - Online Platform for Healthy and Qualified Home Care Services



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Social Work Research

This research area focuses on precise empirical analyses, for example of assisted apartment-sharing communities of seniors in need of care, the transition from permanent institutional living to intensive care for people with disabilities, quality management in child protection or the consequences of war and National Socialism. The effects of experienced social exclusion and/or violence are studied with regard to individual life situations. Furthermore, such core concepts of modernity as biography, identity, life world and trans-culturality are taken as points of departure for various empirical-reconstructive studies.

The principle concern of the social work research at ASH Berlin is the theory-based further development of the discipline and the profession: the research compares the demands and standards, the chances of understanding the other, inclusion and participation. Last but not least, the positions and methods of (self-)reflection are studied based on the ethics of the profession.

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Education Research

 In addition to educational theory and questions concerning the foundations of the discipline, this research area also focuses on problems of application.

For example, by focussing on the quality development of research institutions, questions are tackled regarding the care ratio and cooperation between parents, nurseries, elementary schools and places of learning outside the school. Research on processes of learning and education takes into account fundamental issues of experience, knowledge and competence development in various age groups and in informal as well as institutional contexts. In the area of university education research, the focus is on general questions of competence orientation and more specifically on the academization of qualified occupations.

In the field of international comparative education, the research concentrates on developments in early childhood education as well as the training of educators in the international context.

  • HCP - Health Care Professionals - Online Bachelor´s Programme for Nursing and Therapy Professions
  • JupP - Boys' Education and Prevention of Sexualised Violence – Potentials and Challenges of Masculinity-related Youth Work, Sex Education, Prevention of Sexualised Violence as well as Queer Education (Focus: "Sex Education and Queer Education")
  • PIIQUE - Pro Inkludierende Interaktion – Qualität crossmedial entwickeln
  • aesth paideia
  • AnKom - Recognition of Professional Competences of Teachers in Higher Education
  • ARTPAED - Joint Research Project: Design and Evaluation of an Educational Science-Based and Practice-Oriented Interdisciplinary Training for Artists and Cultural Workers.
  • Berlin-Haifa - Growing up with German and Israeli parents who lived through the disasters of the National Socialism – Explorations of identity issues
  • EUROMED - Comparative Ethnography of Identity Construction and Social Participation of Young People
  • Evaluation Language Promotion - Evaluation of the Fairy-Tale-Land Project "Language Promotion with Fairy Tales for Preschool Children in Child Daycare Centres"   
  • GuT - Good healthy daycare
  • INTER-M-E-P-P Berlin II - Interprofessional Learning and Teaching in Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Nursing
  • InterTUT –  Interprofessional tutorials
  • KK6 - Kuźnia Kadr 6: Reinforcement and Development of Didactic Potential of the University by Developing an Innovative Lifelong Learning Model
  • Leitungsqualität und Leitungskompetenz (Quality and Competence of Managements) - Experiences and Orientations of Managers in German Child Care Centres
  • Learning Arts - Fundamental Qualification for Creative Artists of any Field Basing on a Participative, Biographical Approach
  • NaBi KiKS - Network Project "Natural Science Education - Children at School and Kindergarten / Flagship Project Marzahn-Hellersdorf"
  • NaWiLT - Science Learning in the Children Researchers Centre HELLEUM - Transfer Effects within the Region
  • Pro-KomMa - Professionalization of Early Childhood Education: Convergent, Discriminant and Prognostic Validation of "KomMa" Models and Tools
  • StimtS - Stimulation or stress? The influence of group organisational concepts on behaviour and well-being of young children in child care
  • Übergänge (Transitions) - Successful Construction of Transitions: The Management of Transition between School and Apprenticeship or Secondary Education.
  • Viel*Bar - The topic of diverse gender and sexual modes of living in education – Didactic potentials and challenges in museum educational approaches

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Research on other topics

This list includes projects that can not be specifically assigned to any of the research areas mentioned above.

  • Bedrohungsszenario (Threat Scenario) - The Threat Scenario of "Islamist Terrorism" from the Perspectives of Politics, Media and Muslim Communities. An Empirical Study on the Interaction of Discourses, Perceptions and their Effects
  • CILIA-LGBTIQ+ - Comparing Intersectional Life Course Inequalities amongst LGBTQ Citizens in Four European Countries
  • SAGE-P - Recruitment of teaching professionals at PhD level in the field of social work, health and childhood education
  • TGI-TWG - Tiergestützte Interventionen in Therapeutischen Jugendwohngruppen

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IFAF Berlin - Berlin Institute for Applied Research

Universities of Applied Sciences in Berlin Collaborating in Research

Strengthening research at the universities of applied sciences in Berlin and to encouraging the transfer of knowledge and technology into professional practice is the aim of the Berlin Institute for Applied Research (IFAF Berlin). It pools practical competences in research in order to promote collaborative projects between the four public universities of applied sciences and regional partners in Berlin-Brandenburg. The IFAF Competence Centre for Integration and Health at the ASH Berlin coordinates and supports collaborative projects with a focus on gender and diversity, historical and applied educational research, health and care research, and early education.

Logo des IFAF Berlin: Ein großes weißes F auf schwarzem Grund, daneben die Buchstaben IFAF, wobei das I orange erscheint.

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Alice Salomon Archive

Alice Salomon (1872-1948) founded one of the first schools for female social workers in the world. She had a decisive influence on the development of social work in practice, research, theory and education during the Weimar Republic.

The academic relevance of her work is increasingly being recognised, as reflected in research in the late 1990s. The Alice Salomon Archive of ASH Berlin is located in the former workspaces of Alice Salomon in Berlin-Schöneberg and its research is dedicated to her life and work.

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Publication server of ASH Berlin

Our publication server presents different publications of university members, such as essays, research and project documentation.

Publication server

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