Evidence Based Practise

Whether in hospital, in economic consulting or in the design of learning environments, the people involved must constantly make decisions that have a considerable impact on the individual, institutional or social level of interaction. The concept of "evidence based practice" builds upon the notion that important decisions should not be made exclusively on the basis of personal experience and subjective assessments or needs. The best scientific evidence currently available should be considered

While the field of medicine has already been using this approach for around 15 years – where it has also come under criticism – other fields such as educational sciences and economics are only now beginning to discover the potential of this concept.

It is against this background that the CAS Research Focus "Evidence Based Practice" has arisen. Running from the winter semester 2016/2017 until the summer semester 2018, the research focus brings together at its core several representatives of the three fields mentioned – medicine, educational science and economics. An extended advisory board will support the development, as well as renowned academic journalists, in order to shed light on the role of the communication of scientific evidence to the wider public sphere and to decision makers.


Working Group

  • Prof. Dr. Florian Englmaier
    (Seminar für Organisationsökonomik, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer
    (Klinikum der Universität München, Institut für Didaktik und Ausbildungsforschung in der Medizin, LMU)
  • Dr. Andreas Hetmanek
    (School of Education, TU München)
  • Dr. Christopher Osterhaus
    (Munich Center of Learning Sciences, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Monika Schnitzer
    (Seminar für Komparative Wirtschaftsforschung, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Winter
    (Seminar für empirische Wirtschaftsforschung, LMU)

Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Bernd Brosius
    (Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Falck
    (CESifo-Professur für Volkswirtschaftslehre)
  • Prof. Dr. Stephan Hartmann
    (Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP), Fakultät für Philosophie, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Marckmann
    (Institut für Ethik, Geschichte und Theorie der Medizin, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Birgit Neuhaus
    (Lehrstuhl für Didaktik der Biologie, LMU)
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Walper
    (Erziehungswissenschaft/ Forschungsdirektorin des Deutschen Jugendinstituts)

Visiting Fellows

Prof. Dr. Gerd Antes

Previous Visiting Fellow


Prof. Dr. Rainer Bromme

Previous Visiting Fellow

Prof. Steven D. Levitt, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Prof. Dietram A. Scheufele, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Prof. Yvonne Steinert, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

Lecture Series "What's the Evidence?"

Further Events

  • Internal workshop – "Evidenzbasierte Praxis in Medizin, Wirtschaft und Bildung"
    (winter semester 2016/17)
  • Mini-Symposium – "Scientific and Clinical Reasoning"
    (summer semester 2017)
  • Lecture by Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Dietram Scheufele – "Human Genome Editing: Who Gets to Decide?"
    (winter semester 2017/18)
  • Lecture by Prof. Steven D. Levitt, Ph.D. – "The Economic Approach to Learning from Data"
    (summer semester 2018)
  • International workshop – "Evidence Based Policy Advice: How it is Produced and Used"
    (summer semester 2018)
  • Workshop with panel discussion – "Wissenschaft vermitteln. Ein Workshop für Postdoktoranden"
    (summer semester 2018)
  • Panel discussion – "Mehr als Fakten. Wie Politikberatung funktionieren kann"
    (winter semester 2018/19)