Interaction between science, practitioners, and care demand
Mission and objective
Tranzo is the scientific center for care and welfare of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Tilburg University. The mission of Tranzo is to build a bridge between science and practice in the area of care and welfare. The objective is to promote an evidence-based approach by working in co-creation with practitioners to develop and exchange knowledge.
The evidence-based approach: Three sources of knowledge
For us, the evidence-based approach involves three types of knowledge sources: scientific knowledge, the expertise of the professionals (i.e., caregivers and policy officers), and the knowledge and expertise of the ‘demand side’ (i.e., citizens, clients). The interaction between researchers, professionals, and the demand side is therefore of crucial importance.
Tranzo advisory body
The advisory body advise Tranzo on the basic ideas of the policy and the organization regarding research and reach of the department. The intention of the advises is to strengthen the position of Tranzo within the university and the health field.
Prof. dr. H. F. L. Garretsen, Chairman of Tranzo
How we work: The Academic Collaborative Centers
In cooperation with organizations in the field of care and welfare, Tranzo has set up various Academic Collaborative Centers: long-term collaborations between Tranzo/Tilburg University, care and other organizations. Within an Academic Collaborative Center, work is carried out to develop scientific knowledge and to initiate innovation in care and other services offered in the sector involved. The cooperation is based on a long-term research program, jointly established by the University and the care and welfare organizations. Science practitioners, professionals who work partly in the field and partly within the University, play a central role in the Academic Collaborative Centers: they bridge the gap between science and practice.
Three important principles are at the basis of Tranzo’s working method: complete equality between the University and the collaboration partners, personal contacts at various levels within the organizations concerned, and ‘win-win’: all parties involved must benefit from the cooperation.
complete equality between the University and the collaboration partners.
personal contacts at various levels within the organizations concerned.
- ‘win-win’: all parties involved must invest in and benefit from the cooperation. Usually, cooperation takes place “in kind”. The above-mentioned science practitioners are a case in point. The care institution where the science practitioner works pays the salary and Tranzo provides the scientific supervision, accommodation, ICT, library facilities, etc.
Our Academic Collaborative Centers and their main research themes
- Academic Collaborative Center Mental Health Care
Implementation; stigmatization; work and mental health; recovery and rehabilitation; somatoform disorders; (technological) innovation in health care.
Coördinators: Dr. Evelien Brouwers, Dr. Margot Joosen.
Program leaders: Prof. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen, Prof. Jaap van Weeghel, Prof. Inge Bongers, Prof. Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis, Prof. Richard Janssen
- Academic Collaborative Center Addiction
Quality of life; stigma; epidemiology and policy.
Coordinator: Dr. Margot Joosen
Program leaders: Prof. Henk Garretsen
- Academic Collaborative Center Living with an Intellectual Disability
Empowerment, professional loving care, experts-by-experience, self-determination, social networks, staff interventions.
Coordinators: Dr. Wietske van Oorsouw
Program leader: Prof. Petri Embregts
Academic Collaborative Center Quality of healthcare providers and systems
Transparency and quality from patient's perspective; organization and funding of primary care; chain care for down syndrome and immunology; organization of chain care and healthcare legislation and regulation.
Coördinators: Prof. Bert Meijboom (Tranzo + TiSEM)
Program leaders: Prof. Dinny de Bakker, Prof. Diana Delnoij, Prof. Roland Friele, Prof. Esther de Vries
- Academic Collaborative Center Public Health
Monitoring the health of (specific) populations; evidence informed local public health policy and public health practice; promoting healthy behavior; quality of life.
Coördinators: Prof. Ien van de Goor, Dr. Mariëlle Cloïn.
Program leader: Prof. Hans van Oers
- Academic Collaborative Center Work and Health
Stress prevention and sustainable employability; employment and mental health problems; intellectual giftedness and work; resilience and (work) stress; dyslexia in the workplace; effectiveness and implementation of professional standards for occupational health physicians.
Coördinators: Dr. Evelien Brouwers, Dr. Margot Joosen.
Program leader: Prof. Jac van der Klink|
- Academic Collaborative Center Social Work
Empowerment and participation of vulnerable groups; innovations in social work and social policy; client centered organizations and networks; evidence based practice; empowerment research.
Coordinator: Prof. Tine van Regenmortel
Program leaders: Prof. Rene Schalk
- Academic Collaborative Center Care for older Adults
Person-centered care, use of technology; self-care skills and self-efficacy; informal care; social networks and participation of older adults.
Coördinators: Prof. Katrien Luijkx, Dr. Lisette Schipper, dr. Leonieke van Boekel
Program leader: Prof. Katrien Luijkx
Academic Collaborative Center Youth
Transformation youth care; youth policy; empowerment child; family and social environment; shared decision making.
Coordinator: Dr. Jolanda Mathijssen and Dr. Mariëlle Cloïn
Program leader: Prof. Chijs van Nieuwenhuizen, Prof. Hedwig van Bakel
Knowledge networks: Interlinks
In addition to Academic Collaborative Centers, Tranzo invests in knowledge networks: partnerships that develop and exchange knowledge across the Academic Collaborative Centers.
- Interlink Health Economics
Determinants of health care use; the costs of ageing; patient logistics; and the quality of health care and of products within health care.
Coordinator: Prof. Bert Meijboom (Tranzo + TiSEM)
Program leaders: Prof. Johan Polder, Prof. Caroline Baan
- Interlink Prevention Assured
Individual-level prevention; effective implementation of preventive healthcare; cost-effectiveness of prevention; strengthening self-efficacy and health literacy.
Coordinator: Dr. Mariëlle Cloïn
Program leader: Prof. Ien van de Goor.
- Interlink Innovating Health Services
Social innovation in care and cure; eHealth, use of technology in healthcare; implementation of innovation.
Coordinator: Prof. Inge Bongers
Program leader: Prof. Inge Bongers, Prof. Willem-Jan van den Heuvel
|Mailing address||Visiting address|
|Tilburg University||Tilburg University|
|Tranzo, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences||Warandelaan 2|
|PO Box 90153||5037 AB Tilburg|
|5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands||Tias building, 3rd level, room 315|
|Phone||+31 (0)13 466 2969|