CAD.20.013 – HAPPY Research and Intervention Program

Route: Child and adolescent development, upbringing and education

Cluster question: 057 Can we find the right balance between freedom of information and privacy?

The HAPPY project will provide personalized behaviour interventions for children and adolescents to optimally support their development, well-being and participation in their family, community and digital lives. HAPPY will provide children with experiences and opportunities that help them gain and use the skills they need to participate meaningfully in our rapidly changing society especially with the current necessary trend towards remote learning.
Our broad consortium applies a holistic approach on child and adolescent development, integrating education, sports, physical movements, physical and virtual worlds, physical and mental health and psychology, pedagogy , design, gaming and nudging, data science, artificial intelligent, sensing technologies, ICT, privacy and security, IoT, ethics and legal aspects. Together, this makes it possible to i) integrate all relevant sources of information efficiently and inexpensively, ii) follow development through time with automated processes in a responsible, ethical, legal, and FAIR manner, iii) deliver individual interventions and support for each individual and members of her/his ecosystem, iv) to allow the individual to reach her or his full potential, involving the stakeholders themselves and v) assure privacy and security by design while also guaranteeing trust in the data for all the stakeholders involved. The fundamental aim of HAPPY is to develop a comprehensive approach for supporting development, wellbeing and community participation of children and adolescents especially when contact with other children or institutions is physically limited. Our hypothesis is that behaviour interventions are most effective if they are personalized and woven into children’s activities and daily routines of everyday life. We know that children perform and learn best in everyday situations with familiar people. HAPPY is about encouraging and supporting everyday activities to naturally build on opportunities for learning and development already present at home, childcare, preschool, school, playgroups, and in the community such as sports clubs, parks and shopping centers.


child wellbeing, healthy development, inclusive society, personalized holistic interventions, smart environments

Other organisations

Bartimeus, Cito, CleVR, Cognizant, Curium, CWI, Datacadabra, Gemeente Rotterdam, INTER-PSY, Leiden Universitair Medisch Centrum (LUMC), Leiden University (LEI), Locus positioning, NOC*NSF, NXP, Roessingh Research and Development, Saxion, Stichting Beeld en Geluid, Stichting CLC Arnhem PO, Stichting Onderwijsspecialisten, Technische Universiteit Delft (TUD), TNO, UNICEF, University of Amsterdam (UvA), Urban Sports Coalition, Utrecht University (UU), Windesheim


Organisation Twente University (UT)
Name Prof. Dr. P.J.M. (Paul) Havinga