Smart Start is an innovative programme that started in the province of North-Brabant in the Netherlands in 2017 with the goal of jointly developing a preventive approach to arrive at beneficial childhood experiences that allow children to grow up safely and child-friendly.
The project develops a data-driven and fact-based approach with which professionals and policy makers can estimate the risk to the child’s future well-being and, thereby, prevent or at least mitigate adverse childhood experiences.
It is conducted by a consortium of Sterk Huis, Tilburg University (TiU), CentERdata and a consortium of municipalities in the so-called region “Heart of Brabant”. A total of five pilots in five municipalities will be rolled out during the course of the project – with each of the pilots following a different approach that best suits the respective municipality.
The researchers use innovative techniques to analyse big data from a wide range of sources. The data volumes collected are then analysed on a neighbourhood-level. By using Data Science techniques, including predictive analytics and machine learning techniques, it becomes possible to gain new insights and subsequently develop a preventive approach. In this way, existing knowledge and information from many sources, often called ‘collective intelligence’, is converted into (social) value.
- Comprehensive knowledge and information management
- Continuous Evaluation of Policies
- Cooperative working between decision makers, departments, hierarchy levels
- Cope with the production of huge volumes of data
- Cross-linked information exchange
- Deeper understanding of IT potential and IT processes
- Development of domain specific target and indicator systems
- Ensure availability of (real-time) information and knowledge
- Ensuring data security taking into account the protection of citizens’ privacy
- Forward-looking strategic planning for the use of data and technologies as well as for practical implementation
- Include scientific knowledge and expertise
- Involvement of the public and citizens, as well as the development of citizen-centred policy making
- Link between impact, quality, performance measurements and financial information
- Process and resource optimisation
- Secure legal framework
- Standardisation of data management
- Take into account local and regional specificities