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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.