DIGIPEG

Creating benefits for society through digitisation

The “DIGItale PEerGruppenberatung” (digital peer group counselling, short: DIGIPEG) is a project in which Ulm University, in cooperation with the German Federal Employment Agency, is developing a new, innovative tool to help unemployed people over 50 to find work. The project is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg. The goal is to roll out digital peer group counselling across Baden-Württemberg by the end of 2020 as a counselling service for the unemployed over 50.

DIGIPEG is based on the principle of peer groups. Peer groups form when people with the same interests, challenges or goals unite. Members of peer groups can benefit from each other's experiences, develop a common motivation, or experience support that is difficult to find otherwise. DIGIPEG  implements peer groups digitally. Individuals can network with each other independent of their location, maintain their anonymity, and have access to the support of their peers at any time.

Initial results show that DIGIPEG can significantly support the job search process. For example, participants in DIGIPEG improved significantly in the number of job applications and the variety of job application activities compared to a control group.

Cooperation partner: German Federal Employment Agency

Funding body: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Baden-Württemberg

Project period: beginning of 2019 - end of 2020

Transfer

Initial results show that DIGIPEG can significantly support the job search process. For example, participants of DIGIPEG improved significantly in the number of job applications and the variety of job application activities compared to a control group. The goal of digital peer group counselling is to create a service that makes it easier and faster for older unemployed people to (re-)enter the workforce.

The digital peer group counselling will be initially introduced in all agencies in Baden-Württemberg. The agencies will be enabled to continue the digital peer group counselling independently and to include it as a routine service. For example, job placement specialists from the Federal Employment Agency will be trained all over the state.