ISOB (Institute for Socio-Scientific Consultancy) is a private research and development institute, working in the following research areas:
  • Evaluation and quality assurance of projects
  • Organisational development of enterprises (industrial, service, SMEs)
  • Third sector (non-profit organisations)
  • Human resource development and vocational training in enterprises and by training institutions
  • Labour-market research
  • Migration and Education
  • Digitalisation and Vocational Training
  • Start-up Support
  • Reform of the "Dual System"
  • Media Pedagogy

ISOB has developed and guided more than 30 international project partnerships, e.g., in the program Erasmus+.

Benefits for our partners include:

  • Experienced guidance on project development, application process, project management and presentation of project achievements to target groups and contractors;
  • Interactive quality assurance during project implementation;
  • Transfer of relevant knowledge and experience from 20 years of project development in vocational training and organisational development.

As member of the strategic partnership Sensorics (Cluster of the Sensorics Industry in Bavaria), ISOB is in permanent contact with leading companies in one of the most relevant high tech industry sectors.

Managers and employees of ISOB are also active in the non-profit NGO "Verein für sozialwissenschaftliche Beratung" where we promote a range of other relevant projects on Innovation Management, Demography Management in the High-Tech Industry, Digital Learning in Companies and an the transition of young people from School to Work.

Main activities of ISOB in recent years have been as follows:

Numerous long-term projects for the German Federal Government and the European Commission, e.g., 

  • SCIENT: A European University-Business Alliance aiming to foster young SCIEntists’ ENTrepreneurial spirit (2014- 2017)                                                                                                                                                     
  • ICT Entrepreneur - A European University-Business Alliance aiming to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of ICT students (2014- 2017)
  • TouriSME Comp– Self-Responsible Learning of Key Competences in Tourism SME - A Mean to improve Competitiveness and Employment (2014- 2016)
  • NEETS at RISK - EARLY identification, INDIVIDUALIZED targeting and TAILORED intervention for young people at risk of NEET – flexible pathways and an effective methodology for the transition into the labor market (2015-2017)                                                                                     
  • TENG-SPORTS Technical Language of English for Sports (2013-2015)
  • Webinar Expert - video conference use for learning (2013-2015)
  • SALM - Skills and Labour Market to raise Youth Employment (2012-2014)
  • "Young Business Leaders"- Developing and enhancing leadership skills for young managers in times of crisis (2012-2014)                                                                                                                                                     
  • Scientific Guidance of a group of pilot projects on the subject of "groups of heterogeneous learners" for the German Ministry of Education
  • ROQET - Road to Excellence in the Training Quality Process (2010-2012)
  • "New Skills for Women" (2010-2012)
  • "SOCIALSME" Sustainability and social responsibility through learning in SME (2008-2009)
  • "KEYCOMKIT" Key Competencies for facing Life Long Learning" (2009-2010)
  • "SKRAT" Strategic Practices for Know-How-Retention (2009-2010)
  • "ReSyFac"- Reference System for Facilitators of Learning (2007-2009)
  • "EUFACINET"-European Facilitators Network (2007-2009)
  • "CompServ"-Competency Development in Service SME (2006-2007)
  • "HOTSME"-Self-Learning in SME Hotels (2006-2007)
  • "Learn and Work" (2000-2003)
  • "Corporate Social Responsibility" (2000-2003)
  • "Qualification of Training Staff in the Field of Mechatronics" (2002-2006)
  • "Systematic Competence Development for Initial Training" (ongoing)
  • "Knowledge Management and Product Development for Training Providers" (2001-2004)
  • "Flexible and individualised pathways of learning for personnel development" (2003-2007)
  • "Self-evaluation of work-integrated learning" (1999-2001)
  • "Quality assurance for vocational training" (1995-1998)
  • "Preparing young people for group work" (1995-1999)
  • "Integrating older workers in modern working environments" (1992-1996)
  • "Implementing the integration of learning and working in the enterprise, applying CBT" (1992-1995)
  • "Innovative ways of cooperation between SMEs and training institutions" (1989-1996)                                                                                   

All of the above project activities are of an applied research nature: Practical development work is implemented in enterprises and with training institutions. Collaterally, scientific consultancy and formative evaluation of the project processes is carried out.

- ISOB was part of the Commission's technical assistance office for EUROTECNET.

- ISOB was involved in different European studies on regional development, industrial change and quality assurance in vocational training.

- From 1995 to 2001 ISOB was involved in the technical assistance office for the ADAPT-initiative (ESF) in Brussels.

ISOB implements practical consultancy for enterprises and management training in the fields of HRD and OD, as well as carrying out evaluation and measures in quality assurance in training and enterprise modernisation for companies of different sizes and training institutions.

As internal evaluation partner of projects we use a proprietary approach based on insights from Project Cycle Management, Developmental Evaluation and Reflexive Evaluation (as developed by ISOB for projects involved in the ADAPT program of the EC). Please contact us to learn more about the benefits of this approach, which has benefitted more than 30 national and international projects.

ISOB is a member of the German Association for Evaluation (DeGEval, and carries out all work in accordance with national and internationally recognised standards.