On 25 March 2020, the NWO Executive Board awarded funding to two interdisciplinary consortia that span the entire knowledge chain.

Out of debt sooner. What works?

Dr T.E. (Tamara) Madern (project leader) – Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Society and Law

Consortium partners: Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Statistics Netherlands, Verwey-Jonker Institute, Pharos, Valente, Save the Children, Bureau Bartels, municipalities of Amsterdam, Arnhem, Deventer, Gouda, Haarlem and Utrecht

Debt has a huge impact on people and on society. In recent years, municipalities have invested a lot of money in reaching residents with debts sooner and supporting them in getting out of debt.

Which interventions for people with payment arrears are effective and which are not? This project will investigate a number of existing interventions to examine what does and does not work. Current interventions for municipalities will ultimately be enriched with scientific knowledge.

Locating the hidden poor; towards more effective ways of supporting low-income households

Dr R.C. (Roeland) van Geuns (project leader) – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Domain Society and Law, Amsterdam Knowledge Centre for Societal Intervention (AKMI)

Consortium partners: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Nibud, Over Rood, municipalities of Almere, Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Hoeksche Waard, Kapelle, Krimpenerwaard, Lelystad, Maassluis, Nijmegen, Schiedam and Vlaardingen

Some Dutch people with low incomes do not make use of support from the municipality or central government even though they are entitled to it.

Who are these “hidden poor” and why does this group of residents not claim support? This project aims to find an answer to this question and will subsequently develop approaches that can help municipalities and other relevant actors to reduce poverty.