A good start for everyone
A good start is not a matter of course for everyone, but it is an important predictor for a healthy and successful future. However, problems such as poverty and an unhealthy lifestyle with a high risk of developing chronic diseases and addictions often pass from one generation to the next. The challenge is to break this pattern by teaching children the right skills from an early age to be successful in the future and to make long-term decisions about their health.
Young adults are also an important target group: they are often vulnerable and sensitive to the numerous outside influences.
Tilburg University contributes to this challenge through a variety of projects for different target groups: young children, families, and youngsters. New knowledge is collected in order to gain an even better insight into which social challenges exist, for example, by means of data science, to be able to offer solutions in the form of interventions. The ultimate goal is to better support these target groups so that greater equality in society can be achieved in the long term.
As a partner, Tilburg University is responsible for the development and evaluation of scientifically supported interventions that contribute to the development of children in their first years of life.
Smart Start organises various pilots with the aim of realising a methodology that can quickly identify and help children in a vulnerable home situation. Tilburg University works together with CentERdata, Strong House (Sterk huis), and other social partners on these issues.
The Strongest Link
The Strongest Link is a study into the economic self-reliance of families. Tilburg University combines the subject of poverty based on neuropsychological insights.