What motivates young people to get involved in an organization or association? Which kind of parents would like the offer of a forest kindergarten in Innsbruck? What effects on health did nursing staff in hospitals experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and how can workplace health promotion respond to this? How can the logistics of Team Austria Tafeln be better organized in the long term?
The students in the bachelor's degree program in Nonprofit, Social and Health Management investigated these and similar questions in the past semester and presented their research and project results to their partners last week.
Within the framework of three specializations (nonprofit, social or health management), the students worked in small groups of six courses on twelve practical projects, the so-called "NSHM Community Projects", which follow the latest state of scientific discussion. Dr. Siegfried Walch, head of the department “Nonprofit-, Social- and Health Care Management” explains: "We follow the approach of "problem- and project-based learning", in which students acquire knowledge and experience through real-world challenges and active participation, which also has a long-term and sustainable learning effect.
Students receive quality guidance and direction from instructors in the design, implementation, analysis, and interpretation of their research. Assignments on qualitative and quantitative research, the use of innovation management methods, and the development of a (social) business plan are cornerstones of the semester.
The basic feedback of the partners is: "The students work with great commitment on the tasks and make an important contribution. The research results and fields of action derived from them are helpful for the further work of the organizations." (Lecturer and project partner for the Red Cross Tyrol Dr. Margit Schäfer).
NSGM Community Projects 2021 – Project partners and topics in brief
Detailed information on the projects and outcomes can be found here.
Final presentation of the research results of the "Caritas Tirol Space Plus" project, Photo: MCI
Final presentation of the research results of the "Rotes Kreuz Tirol - Team Österreich Tafeln" project, Photo: MCI
Lecturers attending the final presentation of the project results, Photo: MCI