Developing a knowledge laboratory of the early life-course using systematic reviews and meta analyses

Timeframe

2013–2017


Funder

Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment


COMPASS staff

Barry Milne, Jessica McLay, Nichola Shackleton, Kevin Chang, Tong Zhu


Description

This study identified key determinants of child and adolescent outcomes, and integrated estimates from international systematic reviews and meta-analyses for these determinants into a microsimulation model of the early life-course (developed from our existing model for Modelling the Early Life-Course). This time we boasted full functionality as a "knowledge laboratory". The aims were to:

  1. test the validity of the underlying behavioural equations and specific knowledge sources (meta-analyses, systematic reviews); and
  2. test policy scenarios by carrying out experiments on the 'virtual cohort' created by the working model.

The research plan involved:

  1. identifying published systematic reviews and meta-analyses related to outcomes for children and adolescents (to age 18);
  2. integrating estimates from these studies into, and thus enhancing, our microsimulation model of the early life-course;
  3. validating the enhanced model, and thus published estimates, by comparing simulated results to published New Zealand benchmarks; and
  4. using the validated enhanced model to test the impact of various policies on key child and adolescent outcomes.


Presentations