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About i-konf

Back­ground &
Pro­ject re­s­­pon­­si­b­le

About i-konf

How to use i-konf:
You register free of charge and then create a new survey. There are different templates for this: t1 is suitable for the starting phase of the confirmation period, t2 fits shortly before the confirmation day.
You can adjust the questionnaires as needed - you can delete questions and add your own questions.
Start the survey and give the link or QR code to the respondents to fill out via smartphone (alternatively, you can also use paper questionnaires).
Close the survey and you get all the results of your group directly.

i-konf enables feedback-based quality development of confirmation work: The main objective of i-konf is to better understand the quality of confirmation work, with the intention of developing it in the future. The digital, multifunctional feedback tool allows a subject-oriented quality development of confirmation work on several levels: 

  • Confirmands can easily give feedback on their experiences during confirmation work via their mobile phones.  
  • Main responsible 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  further refinement of confirmation work in their parish. 
  • The data can be evaluated at local, regional, national and international level. Thus, i-konf contributes to parish and church development as well as to the networking of confirmation work in Europe.  

The back­ground

The digital feedback tool i-conf was developed as part of the third study on confirmation work in Germany and Europe and was 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 the i-konf online tool is available for use by all interested parishes free of charge.  
A total of ten European countries has participated in the international research network: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland. 
The results of the study are expected to be published in 2024. For more information, visit

Pro­ject re­s­pon­si­ble

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.  

For questions and suggestions, please contact the project coordination at info[at]confirmation-research[dot]eu.   
Further information on the study can be found at