The basic objectives for the activities of the departments and commissions are set out in five-year-term target agreements between the president and the directors. Goals in the area of research planning, the promotion of young researchers and internationalization are formulated collectively, as is the Zentraldirektion in organizational terms. The target agreements are fundamental to quality assurance.
The target agreement adopted by the Direktorium on 22 November 2005 stated that "a conclusion is to be drawn and the future course determined" in 2010. At its meetings on 17 November 2009 and 4 May 2010 the Direktorium accordingly discussed this point and concluded new target agreements valid until 2015.
The DAI is legally bound by the Federal Equality Law (BGleiG). The equal opportunities representative at the DAI is therefore involved in all the Institute's personnel-relevant matters as well as organizational and social measures concerning equality, and holds an ex officio seat on all planning, steering and supervisory committees. In all these bodies she has the right to information, the right to speak and table motions; in decisions relating to personnel she has the right of objection. She reports on equality policy and measures to be implemented regularly at departmental meetings and directors' conferences and at the Zentraldirektion meeting. At the DAI, equality is regarded not as a duty but as an opportunity for developing a future-oriented research institute in which there are equal opportunities for women and men, women's responsibilities in research and administration are supported, a family-friendly environment is offered to scientists, and young scientists are guaranteed opportunities for independent research work at an early stage.
This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that the DAI, affiliated to the German Research Foundation (DFG), took part in the DFG's programme of research-oriented equality standards from 2009 to 2013 on its own initiative, as the only non-university research unit to do so, and has undertaken to implement those equality standards. It was evaluated outside the ranking in 2013. The aim for the DAI was to get external feedback on the measures it had adopted systematically since the inception of an equality plan in 2004 intended to significantly raise the proportion of women at all scientific career stages and to improve the compatibility of family and working life. (Forschungsorientierte Gleichstellungsstandards der DFG)
DFG recommendations on safeguarding good scientific practice
The recommendations on safeguarding good scientific practice approved by the DFG in 1998 formulated and initiated a system of self-regulation that has enjoyed a broad consensus in the scientific community. On the basis of these recommendations a comprehensive system of professional self-regulation has been put in place in all constituted scientific institutions.
A supplemented and updated version of the recommendations was adopted at the General Assembly of the DFG on 3 July 2013.
As an affiliate, the German Archaeological Institute considers itself bound by these recommendations. Responsibility for ensuring compliance with the DFG recommendations on safeguarding good scientific practice lies with the Zentraldirektion.