KNOWLEDGE AREAS

We have extensive expertise of the knowledge areas mentioned below. One of our particular strengths is our interdisciplinary approach.

Social policy
Improving people’s livelihood through social policies and equal opportunities policies remains one the key priorities for the Dutch government as well as for the European Commission. Regioplan assists a wide range of parties, such as the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment, municipalities, social security agencies and the European Commission on issues related to social policy development.

Education and youth
In this field, Regioplan has ranked for decades among the top of Dutch research agencies. We provide services to the authorities, umbrella organisations and educational institutes. Important themes are: educational financing, alignment of education and the labour market, youth policies, child care, pre-school education, dropouts, et cetera. As true education experts we have access to extensive data files, background information, a vast network and experience with any type of research or advice.

Employment and the labour market
Labour participation will continue to be an important theme in the years to come. Redistributing budgets is an important means to enable increasing participation. In addition, more attention is being paid to growing mobility of the labour force, migration of labour and reintegration at the bottom of the labour market. Regioplan has measured the effects of various labour market policies, performed comparative studies among European Member States and provided the Commission with best practices of labour market policies, instruments and funds.

Migration and integration
The integration of ethnic minorities is an issue of constant political concern. In an attempt to improve the social position of these groups, the main focus rests on integration programmes. Regioplan is closely connected to the development and implementation of such policy measures. We also conduct research on the results of current integration policies. Furthermore, Regioplan provides research and analysis on different elements of migration policies, such as economic migration and refugee policies.

Crime and safety
We perform research and provide advice on the application of safety interventions and assist in implementing new crime prevention policies. Regioplan has expert knowledge on the organisations that design and carry out safety policies. We are experienced in analyzing and evaluating the operational methods of institutions across the entire chain of law enforcement, such as the police, judicial authorities, victim support services, prisons and municipalities. Moreover, Regioplan has ample experience in comparing the effectiveness of policy measures between EU Member States.

Health care
Health care privatisation, patient experience, consumer quality indexes, illness prevention, innovation, financing and labour market issues are core themes of this knowledge area. Through pilot studies, monitoring and evaluation of legislation and regulation we examine innovations and changes in health care and welfare policies. In addition, we advise our clients on implementation issues.

Economic Impact Studies
Regioplan has carried out numerous economic impact studies through the years. These projects have enabled us to develop our own economic impact model. It is an approved and respected methodology for estimating the macroeconomic impact of sectors or companies. This focus area and proven methodology enables us to meet the crucial need of industries and companies to obtain reliable economic data on matters including employment and government revenues. This information provides them with the fact-based evidence they need to engage successfully in dialogue with a variety of stakeholders including the general public, journalists and policymakers. Regioplan’s in-house economic impact model plays a pivotal role in this communication process. For more information see the following link.

Good governance
Regioplan assists local, national and international authorities to improve their services. We carry out research in order to locate bottlenecks in policy measures, legislation and implementation. Furthermore, we give specific advice on how to reduce the administrative costs and bureaucratic burden of policy measures for citizens, companies, professionals and authorities and on how to improve services.

Regional development and urban policy
Urban areas as well as peripheral rural regions face many problems and challenges. In both areas, policymakers are concerned with issues such as regeneration of deprived neighbourhoods, social housing and meeting the demands of local communities. Regioplan has a multi-disciplinary approach to research these issues, incorporating other social questions such as (un)employment, the social inclusion of migrants, safety and healthcare.

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