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GUIDE – Promoting Health for Permanent Employment


Key words: evaluation, health promotion, working life participation

Project duration: 01.12.2019 - 30.04.2024


Project funding:

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs - Innovative ways to participate in working life - rehapro

Project description (short):

The project responds to the risk of permanently excluding people from the labour market due to physical or mental diseases. GUIDE aims to support people with lasting health restrictions to improve their health and well-being and helps them to eventually (re)participate in working life. The model project offers a comprehensive health coaching-approach that combines physical and psychological elements and the opportunity to participate in a “work testing environment” (sectors: construction, horticulture and catering) with holistic (ergo-)therapeutic and socio-pedagogical support. Technical University of Dortmund/Sozialforschungsstelle (sfs) is responsible for the evaluation and scientific monitoring of this model project.

Co-operation partners:

  • Jobcenter Kreis Unna
  • Werkstatt im Kreis Unna gGmbH

Project goals:

GUIDE aims to support the participants of the model project

  • to maintain or restore ability to work,
  • to counteract an impending or existing (partial) reduction in earning capacity,
  • to prevent a chronic disease or impending disability,
  • to improve social and occupational participation.

It is intended to implement the tested approach in the regular instruments of Job Center Kreis Unna and to other Job Centers after completion of the project.

Project description (long):

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) initiated the funding program "Innovative ways to participate in working life - rehapro" on the basis of § 11 SGB IX "Promotion of pilot projects to strengthen rehabilitation". By testing new types of solutions, successful approaches for maintaining or restoring the workability of people with health restrictions are to be identified and implemented across the board.

In this context, the project team of Job Center Kreis Unna and Werkstatt im Kreis Unna is testing a model project, in which SGB II recipients with lasting health restrictions are supported in their efforts to participate in working life again. In a first step, an interdisciplinary team with professionals from health management, social work, occupational therapy, psychology and financial consulting develops suitable health-promoting and therapeutic interventions to improve the health and well-being of the participants. In the next step, they are offered the opportunity to participate in a "work testing environment" in which assignments (sectors: construction, horticulture and catering) are processed with professional, (ergo-)therapeutic and socio-pedagogical support. Sfs is responsible for the evaluation and scientific monitoring of this model project.

Methodical approach:

The progress of the project (formative and summative evaluation) as well as the achieved project goals will be assessed. Within this framework, quantitative methods (document analysis, panel survey of participants) are combined with qualitative methods (semi-structured interviews, health circles and quality circles). Thus, it is not only about the collection of health indicators and outcomes but also about the explorative discovery of "soft" success factors such as the perception of the process, the satisfaction of participants and institutions, as well as the evaluation and balancing of the project progress. Both perspectives can thus be combined to form a comprehensive overall picture, and enable a continuous improvement process.

The scientific monitoring, active public relations work and networking activities of sfs support the project partners in the further development and implementation of the innovative approach. The results will be transferred into practice and scientific discourse.

    Research area:

    Labour Policy and Health


    Project leadership

    Foto von Kerstin Guhlemann Kerstin Guhlemann,

    Telephone: +49 231 755-90235

    Foto von Dr. Bastian Pelka Dr. Bastian Pelka,

    Telephone: +49 231 755-90228


    Foto von Christina Meyn Christina Meyn,

    Telephone: +49 231 755-90230


    Gudrun Brieden,

    Telephone: +49 231 755-90210