The Methods Center is a newly founded institute at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen. In the future, it will support a broad methodological discourse and essentially fulfill four functions:
1. Methodological research
The Methods Center supports basic methodological research (methods development). It is engaged in interdisciplinary cooperation and exchange in this field. It is intended to be a platform for quantitative and qualitative method research as well as theoretical method reflection. Part of this task is to create an interdisciplinary, multi-methodical discourse in which the potentials and limitations of the approaches are discussed.
2. Methodological expertise
The Methods Center provides methodological expertise, e.g. advice during the planning and evaluation of empirical studies. The advisory function adresses individual grants programmes (e.g. DFG, BMBF projects/grants) and extends to the planning and implementation of large-scale research projects. The breadth of its methodological expertise offers a variety of ways to integrate the Methods Center.
3. Current research projects
The Methods Center acts as a bridge between research structures at the University of Tübingen (and beyond). This includes in particular the integration into research projects that require method development in the social and behavioural sciences.
4. Interdisciplinary methodological teaching
The Methods Center is advancing the development of an interdisciplinary methodological teaching. It organizes summer/winter schools, block seminars, workshops, lecture series etc. A broad offer of online courses on methodical topics will be created. Online courses are particularly well suited for dealing with methodological topics.