Evidence Synthesis and Data Science

To harness existing evidence for both further research and practical application, it needs to be compiled in a suitable form. Research syntheses are a valuable tool for identifying, processing, and summarizing studies relevant to the state of research, especially in fragmented research areas. In fields characterized by a lack of studies, examples of good practice may be utilized as a supplement for research syntheses.

In this research focus, we develop ways to harness the power of both existing evidence and good practice to inform further research and evidence-based decisions. This is often part of our projects on educational issues related to sustainability and empowerment. In doing so, we apply data science methods including text mining, predictive modeling, and topic modeling.


This is a meta-project, encompassing monitoring of the individual sub-projects, research syntheses and outreach related to the BMBF-funded priority programme on digitalization in cultural education.
Its aim is to synthesize available evidence from international research on digitalization in cultural education, including that provided by the projects funded in the priority programme. Moreover, we monitor and support the individual research projects within the programme. This includes facilitation of networking among the funded projects as well as with national and international researchers in the field.
The meta-project provides young scientists from the priority program with methodological support...

Recent developments in digitization may be seen as threats, however, they also provide the opportunity to foster a positive relationship of people with their communities via participatory regional development. This may be particularly positive for sustainable development of rural areas at risk of demographic decline.

The project's aim is to synthesize, systematize and analyse Europe-wide examples of 'good practice' related to digital strategies and instruments on this issue. These examples will be compiled, resulting in an orientation framework that is being made available in the form of a digital toolbox for further use in regional development...

How can practical music performance competencies and accompanying activity-related behavioral, normative, and control beliefs be diagnosed? How may beliefs and competencies be fostered by interventions featuring education in music? And how do the participants experience these interventions?
Two sub-projects investigated these questions. In the sub-project at FAU, we focused on the development and implementation of a musical education intervention with the aim of fostering musical leisure activities.
In field experiments, we implemented different versions to assess the impact of various design features on behavioral outcomes...


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