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Mission Statement

What we do, how and why

The interdisciplinary research area From Prediction to Agile Interventions in the Social Sciences (FAIR) brings together researchers from the data sciences, statistics, education sciences, psychology, rehabilitation studies, and sociology. FAIR researchers from these different disciplines focus on the development and application of innovative research methods from the data sciences and use them to address societal challenges in highly relevant areas such as education, health, and societal inclusiveness and participation.

Increasingly larger and more complex data have become available in the social sciences that can contribute to more precise prediction models (e.g., for such outcomes as academic success, health, and well-being) and aid our understanding of cause-effect relationships. An important objective of FAIR is the development of a framework for “Agile Intervention Research” that allows for individualized, data-driven, and need-based adaptations of interventions in authentic contexts. FAIR's researchers will use “big” (large data sets) and “small” (small case numbers) data to optimize prognostic models in the social sciences and maximize the impact of available interventions in these fields by allowing for individualized adaptations. 

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