On the 26th of November ZonMw (The Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development) organizes, together with seven research consortia, an international conference presenting the lessons learned from research on core elements of evidence-based programs for children and youth.

The past few years seven consortia studied ‘what works for whom, when, and why’ in interventions for multiple issues in child development. These include:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • ADHD and hyperkynetic behaviour
  • Social skills and resilience
  • Externalizing problem behaviour
  • Families with multi-problems
  • Light parenting support
  • Early prevention and interventions against child abuse

The research focussed on identifying and operationalizing "core elements" that likely are critical to producing positive outcomes with evidence-based interventions. Already curious? In these interviews, the researchers and professionals will tell you more about their findings.


During this full day programme (10.00 AM - 15.30 PM GMT+1) the 7 consortia will discuss their findings and different innovative research methods used. In multiple breakout sessions the consortia will elaborate on potential and lessons learned. Professor Dr Pim Cuijper is chairman of the conference and Professor Dr Miranda Wolpert MBE is a keynote speaker.

Full descriptions of the subsessions can be found here.

10.00 - 10.10Welcome
10.10 - 11.00Can we identify best bets for the active ingredients of interventions for youth anxiety and depression? By Miranda Wolpert
11.00 - 11.10Break and session change
11.10 - 11.55 

Subsession 1: Microtrials: the way forward for research into the effectiveness of treatment components?
Subsession 2: How mixed-method studies can help to gain a better understandig of effective elements of interventions
Subsession 3: Various applications of a treatment taxonomy; It’s more than just coding

11.55 - 12.45Lunchbreak
12.45 - 13.30 

Subsession 4: Using meta-analytic data in search for effective treatment components: current findings and innovations with network meta analyses
Subsession 5: Using clinical data to identify critical intervention elements
Subsession 6: Insight into effective elements of interventions through observational studies

13.30 - 13.40Break and session change
13.40 - 14.25

Subsession 7: Individual participant data meta-analysis (IPDMA) – advantages and challenges
Subsession 8: Single-case experimental designs: strategies and lessons learned
Subsession 9: Core elements: from knowledge transfer to implementation and impact

14.25 - 14.35Break
14.35 - 15.25Do we know how psychological interventions work? A critical apraisal by Pim Cuijpers


The conference is primarily intended for researchers interested in research into core elements. But of course other interested parties are also very welcome.

Here you can register for the conference, free of costs.

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