SCIENTIFIC POLICY ADVICE CAN AND SHOULD PREPARE, ENABLE AND CRITICALLY ACCOMPANY THE SOCIAL DISCOURSE
Our understanding of high-quality scientific policy advice follows the „Leitlinien Politikberatung“ of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences. Scientific policy advice neither can nor should substitute political decisions and societal discourse. In fact, its main task consists of preparing, enabling and critically accompanying the latter.
Against this background, the major problem of scientific consultancy is to apply the knowledge generated according to scientific criteria and interests to policy relevant questions in a form which enables conclusions and recommendations that are both scientifically reasonable and politically implementable.
The ISG Institute for Social Research is a privately owned, independent research institute with offices in Köln (headquarter) and Berlin. The institute goes back to the Otto-Blume-Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik e.V. which was founded in 1952.