The Research Infrastructure, Communications, Management Services, and Legal and Human Resources Departments support the work of the Executive Board and research departments.
The Research Infrastructure Department combines two former service departments, Library and Information Technology. The department's function is to support the institute's research by providing the necessary infrastructure and services. The department, which also constitutes a program area in the program budget, allocates organizational and technical infrastructure for the documentation and presentation of research results.
Political consulting is a core mandate of DIW Berlin. In that context, we aim to reach the public and provide firmer empirical footing for economic and socio-political debates. Achieving this requires that the institute’s research results are understandable for the public and available in various formats, including press releases and print and online publications such as the DIW Wochenbericht and DIW Weekly Report.
The department engages in a wide range of communication activities, ranging from media and public relations, event management, and social media to managing the library. The Communication Department works closely together with the research departments in carrying out their tasks.
Employees are DIW Berlin’s most important asset. The Management Services Department is responsible for all questions concerning human resources, supports the departments in the search for new employees, and looks after the guests at DIW Berlin.
Given that the institute is primarily funded with federal and state tax money, we have the obligation to manage our budget responsibly.
Management Services contributes to this task by carrying out financial planning, issuing the monthly and annual reports, and assuming responsibility for the entire bookkeeping process. Additionally, it does controlling, for example by producing monthly reports for the Executive Board and department managers.
The Legal and Human Resources Department offers in-house services to DIW Berlin’s Executive Board and to the department directors, employees, doctoral students, and guests from Germany and abroad.
The most important resource at DIW Berlin is its qualified staff. The Legal and Human Resources Department handles administrative personnel matters and all other questions concerning human resources. It supports the Executive Board and the departments in recruiting and developing employees. Moreover, the department provides assistance to the Executive Board, departments and service departments, and employees in all legal matters at the institute, thereby supporting them in fulfilling their tasks as best as possible.