The Innovation Sciences program taught me to take an analytical, critical and broadly based view of issues

Arthur Vankan, alumnus

I work as a junior researcher and advisor

I work as a junior researcher and advisor at Dialogic Innovatie & Interactie, a small research and consultancy firm with around 25 people. I’m involved in many different projects – for example about broadband investment strategies of provincial governments and the evaluation of nationwide educational programs. A central factor in all these projects is the way you use data. Before you can carry out research or develop a business case you need to have good data, which you can then process and analyze in the right way.

My work focuses mainly on finding, processing, analyzing and reporting on data, of course together with the client. It’s a very varied job, and I have a lot of freedom to decide for myself how I tackle different projects.

The Innovation Sciences program taught me to take an analytical, critical and broadly based view of issues. That’s also very important in my present work. Because we were already involved in all kinds of different disciplines (like sociology, economics and mathematics) while we were studying, I’m now able to analyze a complex societal problem, or one within a company, and to work on it following a structured approach.