Research on children, youth and families

The German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V., DJI) is one of Germany’s largest social science institutes focusing on research and development around the topics of children, youth and families, as well as the political and practical areas related to them.

The German Youth Institute is based in Munich with a branch office in Halle/Saale. Founded in 1963, the Institute employs around 170 academic staff members. Its supporting organisation is a non-profit association whose members stem from the political and academic spheres, as well as from other associations and institutions dedicated to the support of children, youth and families. Its institutional budget is primarily funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), and, to a lesser degree, by the German federal states (Länder). Additional financial contributions are made by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the Ministry’s project funding, and by various foundations, the European Commission and institutions for the promotion of research.

The DJI is a non-university institute at the interface between various academic disciplines, federal levels, stakeholder groups, areas of the political sphere and practitioners. As such, the Institute offers practice-oriented insights from empirical research, the latest in policy consulting as well as research support and stimulus for practitioners. At the same time, it serves as an intermediary between science, policy, and practitioners.