Analyse the processes and practices linked to the drop-out of all researchers

This action aimed to investigate if and why women and men exit IFZ (research and administrative staff).The problem was that many people left the IFZ between 2005 and 2012 and there was no coherent understanding of the main drivers for leaving the institute besides running out of funding.

Through this action the project team wanted to understand why workers left IFZ and to learn from their experiences. For this purpose a qualitative method was chosen to best to get in contact and generate insight with this group and interviews were conducted with 15 former employees. As a result of the action the team could in deep analyse the reasons why people left the institute and what role gender plays within this dynamic. The recommendations produced were discussed during the general assembly. IFZ learned not only about primary motives of drop-outs (mainly lack of research funding), but also secondary motives which were rooted in the organisation.

Willingness to talk with the interviewees can be highlighted in this action, as only 2 former staff members were unwilling to share their experiences. As a result of the implementation some of the problems have been worked on in different settings (psychological evaluation workshops; coachings) and other measures are actions from GenderTime project that the team is currently working on (mentoring scheme for IFZ)