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Interaction between science,

practice, and care demand


Tranzo is the scientific center for care and wellbeing of the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Tilburg University. Tranzo wants to build a bridge between science and practice in the area of care and wellbeing. 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. (Dike) van de Mheen, Chairman of Tranzo

How we work: The Academic Collaborative Centers

In cooperation with organizations in the field of care and wellbeing, 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 wellbeing 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
Knowledge networks: Interlinks