i-konf enables feedback-based quality development of confirmation work: The main objective is to understand quality of confirmation work better, with the intention of developing it t. The digital, multifunctional feedback tool contributes to a subject-oriented quality development i of confirmation work on several levels:
- Confirmands can easily give feedback on their experiences during confirmation work via their mobile phones.
- Full-time employees and volunteers gain an impression of the confirmands’ feedback without time-consuming manual evaluation of feedback forms or research methodological expertise. On the basis of the feedback, they can draw conclusion for a further refinement of confirmation work in their parish.
- The data can be evaluated at local, regional, national and international level. Thus, i-conf contributes to parish and church development as well as to the networking of confirmation work in Europe.
The digital feedback tool i-conf was developed as part of the third study on confirmation work in Germany and Europe and is now being used for the first time for the survey.
14 years after the first study (2007/2008) and nine years after the second study (2012/2013), the third study (2021/2022) initially records the current overall situation of confirmation work from the perspective of the confirmands and the full-time and voluntary staff. However, it is not a replication study in the narrow sense, but a decidedly practice-oriented new approach. Immediately after the study is completed, i.e., in early summer 2022, the i-conf online tool will be available for use by all interested parishes free of charge.
The German sub-study includes all regional churches of the EKD and is intended to be representative for each of them. A total of ten European countries are participating in the international research network: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.
The management of the German project and the international project are co-operatively in the hands of Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Ilg (Protestant University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg) (opens in a new window) and Prof. Dr. Henrik Simojoki (Humboldt University Berlin) (opens in a new window). Manuela Hees (Protestant University of Applied Sciences Ludwigsburg) is project coordinator.
The project is financed by the participating European churches and German regional churches – the latter together with Comenius Institute and Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland.