Research Projects IfM


FeuerwEHRENsache

The Institute for Media Research is currently involved in the joint venture “Firemen cause” of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Local NRW (NRW MIK) and the Association of Fire Departments in NRW e.V. (VdF NRW). The aim of this project is to strengthen the voluntary work in the fire department and to inspire more people to the volunteer fire department. To strengthen the voluntary word in various workshops and working groups concrete ideas are going to be developed. The Institute for Media Research is part of the “working group 3”. The focus of this working group is the the external view to the volunteer fire department, in particular the views of non-firefighters. Questions as “What image of the volunteer fire department exists in public?“, “Corresponds this public image with the facts?” and „Is it a proper Image that the fire department produces?” are going to be answered. Targeted surveys in schools, “on the road” and online are being considered for this purpose. In addition to the survey ideas and projects are going to be collected and brainstormed with several fire departments. The program started in 2013. But bevor the NRW-wide survey can begin, the already developed questionnaires must be subjected by pre-tests, e.g. at the „NRW-Day“ in Bielefeld. The next step focuses on group interviews with ten volunteers in four groups. The result of the representative survey servers as a blueprint for the planning and implementation of innovative public relations and promotional activities by fire departments in NRW.

Project management: Apl.-Prof. Dr. Gebhard Rusch

Project employee: Toni Eichler, Elena Schäfer, Matthias Schäfer

Contact: Toni Eichler

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KOKOS

The project “Supporting Cooperation with Volunteers in Complex Damage Situations (KOKOS)”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), develops methods, technical concepts and IT tools for the public (population, associations, ) As an active partner in crisis management and to strive for cooperation. From May 2015 to April 2018, the participating scientists will examine how already existing social, economic and civilian structures can be meaningfully integrated into the management of major crises (including refugee aid).

Project management: Apl.-Prof. Dr. Gebhard Rusch

Project employee: Sascha Skudelny, Grissel Carrion Saldana, Alexander Dyk

Contact: Sascha Skudelny

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Refugees media

Communication and media usage of guardians while and after escape 

The project is currently devoted to the communication and media trafficking of Afghan volunteers in all phases of their flight from Afghanistan to Germany. In addition to a representative survey, the pre-study also includes the implementation of focus group interviews. Little is known about the media use of refugees. The public debate on the smartphone ownership of refugees is also approaching the topic only superficially. For the understanding of current developments, it is essential to know not only the “gadgets” used by those seeking protection, but also the contacts, information and information offers, as well as the social media tools used for them. For this reason, Refugees media is currently devoting itself to the communication and media trafficking of Afghan protesters in all phases of its flight from Afghanistan to Germany. In addition to a representative survey, the pre-study also includes the implementation of focus group interviews. In a further step, the extension of the surveys is also planned for other important refugee groups.

Project management: Apl.-Prof. Dr. Gebhard Rusch

Project employee: Noor Nazrabi, Toni Eichler    

Contact: Noor Nazrabi

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Warning and alerting the population

Based on the former research projects from BaSiGo, SiKomm and InfoStrom as well as in constant exchange with KOKOS, the project aims to develop and test new warning and alarm concepts. A central criterion is to reach as many population groups as possible in our multicultural society and to motivate an appropriate to the respective situation.

Project management: Apl.-Prof. Dr. Gebhard Rusch

Project employee: Sascha Skudelny

Contact: Sascha Skudelny