There’s no question that communicating research findings may represent a challenge with the need to strike a balance between an easily accessible and understandable report on the one hand and a detailed explanation of ambiguous research results on the other. The Institute for Parliamentary Research attaches great importance to communicating its research findings of parties and parliamentarism to the public sphere. This also includes exchanges with journalists and media professionals.
Several reports about the foundation, its functioning and its research work have been published (for example in SPIEGEL or the Uni-Journal Scientia-Halensis). In interviews (z.B. DAS PARLAMENT, ZDF, MDR) or through journalistic background discussions, we seek to explain the basic principles of parliamentary practice. Journalists are welcome at our events, the F.A.Z. reported in detail about a workshop on the opening of the IParl in Berlin. We are also involved in the analysis of current political events (e.g. ZEIT Magazin, WELT and Rechercheverbund von NDR, WDR und Süddeutsche Zeitung). This can sometimes be more demanding than it may seem, e.g. when politics is to be explained to children (e.g. for the children's magazine ZEIT LEO) or foreign correspondents look at events in Germany from a completely different angle (e.g. Infobae from Argentina or Izvestja from Russia or the European media network EURACTIV).
Also, newer forms of political knowledge transfer, like Social-Media-Talks (heute plus at ZDF) or multimedia projects (e.g. hr-info), are part of the IParl public outreach work. KATAPULT magazine, known for its vivid infographics, has made a cover story based on our Study BuKa 2017. In our IParl podcast, we combine political science with the practical, political perspective in discussions with guest from politics, science and journalism. We want to invite you to follow our work on our Twitter account.
Furthermore, the IParl has worked with the following selected media companies: