Assessment study of the Op Eigen Benen Vooruit! action programme

Current facets (Pre-Master)

Description of the project

The ‘Op Eigen Benen Vooruit!’ (‘Moving Ahead on Your Own Feet’) action programme aims to improve the transition from paediatric care to adult care and to promote the self-management and self-reliance of young people with chronic conditions (aged 12-25).

The action programme is an initiative of the ‘Transitions in Care’ knowledge network of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences and the CBO (Dutch Institute for Health Care Improvement). It is being financed by the Dutch Health Care Insurers’ Innovation Fund. The breakthrough method will be used to support participating hospitals and rehabilitation centres in improving the organisation and content of transitional care.

Assessment study

The objective of this assessment study is to explore the effects of the Action Programme by addressing the following research questions:

  1. What generic interventions have been carried out at the programme and project level and what disease-specific adjustments are necessary?
  2. What is the effectiveness of the Action Programme at the individual (young person/parents), project and programme level during the testing and distribution phase?
  3. What are the crucial factors that determine success/failure at the individual (young person/parents), project and programme level that impact the programme’s effectiveness?
  4. What best practices can be identified and how are they spread?

The study will answer the above questions by means of a combination of qualitative and quantitative research and analyses at various levels. Data will be collected at the start of participation in the breakthrough project as intervention or control team, after 12 months and, where possible, after 24 months by means of questionnaires for young people, parents and care providers. The teams themselves will also gather data on structure and process indicators.

First of all, the study will produce descriptions of the interventions being carried out in order to be able to attribute the effects to these interventions. Secondly, data will be collected in the study in order to determine the effects of the inventions in the Action Programme. Thirdly, the study will produce descriptions of best practices aimed at the configuration of interventions and the context in which these best practices are carried out. Lastly, a combined analysis of the data will lead to a determination of the crucial success and failure factors that impact the Action Programme’s effectiveness. In this regard, the assessment is primarily aimed at the interaction of contextual, organisational and team factors; various theoretical perspectives are used in relation to team effectiveness, innovative culture and distribution.



  • Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), the ‘Effects and Costs’ sub-programme of the Zorg voor Jeugd (Youth Care) programme


  • Erasmus MC - Rehabilitation: Dr Marij Roebroeck, transitional research programme leader
  • Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences - ‘Transitions in Care’ knowledge network: AnneLoes van Staa
  • Op eigen benen
  • Central Supervisory Body for Peer Review (CBO): Jeroen Havers, advisor to the Op Eigen Benen Vooruit! action programme

IFIC poster presentation prize for Benjamin Janse's paper on informal care.

Karlijn Nijmeijer received the ISoF PhD Student Paper Award for her paper on health care franchises.