Launch of research into promising start for children with the help of big data

26 July 2019

Children in vulnerable families who receive the necessary help and support earlier in life have a better chance of a good start. But how can these children and their families, who often have complex problems before, during and after pregnancy, be detected as early as possible? And how can big data research help with that? In the context of the Dutch Research Agenda, 2.64 million euros will be made available for research into this.

Professionals from perinatal care and the youth health service, knowledge institutions, researchers from the natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities, and social medicine and health sciences as well as other interested parties are cordially invited to jointly contribute their expertise to this research.

Early recognition of vulnerability

Paying attention to prevention early in the life of a child, or even during pregnancy or efforts to become pregnant, can yield a lot of potential benefits. An early recognition of vulnerability in children and (future) families is important. Innovative methods to use data sources can play a role in providing appropriate forms of care or support.

Possibilities provided by datasets and innovative data science

The increasing availability of large and complex datasets provides new possibilities to recognise vulnerability at an early stage. Therefore, in this research programme, we want to ascertain which role big data and its analysis can have in offering a promising start for children.

Grant possibilities big data for perinatal care and youth healthcare

The Dutch Research Agenda programme Promising start for children with the help of big data is making 2.64 million euros available for research into this. The research must focus on how data sources, products, services and methods from big data research can support professionals in perinatal care and youth healthcare to provide appropriate help and support in good time to make a promising start for children possible.

Registration preliminary research

The programme will start with a preliminary research phase in which scenarios will be elaborated by the potential applicants for further research. The NWA programme intends to build a bridge between diverse scientific disciplines and between different types of research. A broad knowledge and chain-wide approach are key for this research, and multidisciplinary collaboration with societal parties are therefore important. Professionals from perinatal care and the youth health service, knowledge institutions, researchers from the natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities, and social medicine and the health sciences as well as other interested parties can register to participate in this preliminary research.

About the Dutch Research Agenda (NWA)

Based on this preliminary research the themes for the subsequent research will be determined. The subsequent research will be carried out by broad consortia consisting of participants from the preliminary research supplemented with any extra expertise required.
The aim of the research in the Agenda is to make a permanent positive contribution to the future knowledge society by building bridges in the present and joining forces to address scientific and social challenges. On behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) NWO has funded interdisciplinary research across the entire knowledge chain in the context of the NWA since 2018, for example via thematic programming in collaboration with government ministries. The aim of the thematic NWA programmes is to find answers to current societal questions. ­­­­­­­

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NWA theme: Promising start for children with the help of big data

Source: NWO