Progress on tackling priority neighbourhoods

Central government monitors progress on the improvement of priority neighbourhoods through a range of studies. Each study features a particular aspect of neighbourhood life and together they provide a total picture of the progress achieved.

Progress reports

Once a year, the Minister sends a letter to the House of Representatives about progress achieved in the priority neighbourhoods, based on the information from the various studies.

Central government monitoring

Developments in the 40 neighbourhoods are monitored by central government using a variety of tools, such as:

  • the Liveability Barometer website: www.leefbaarometer.nl. This gives information about the quality of life in all Dutch neighbourhoods and districts. It not only describes the current situation but also sketches developments and gives background information. In this way it shows how the quality of life in these neighbourhoods is improving, e.g. due to better security and safety, new shops or more green spaces.
  • the Priority Neighbourhood Outcome Monitor. This report provides information about liveability, schools, work, security, integration, debt and health. Easy-to-read charts and graphs show individual neighbourhood scores for each category.

Local opinion polls

The input and opinions of local residents are vital to government efforts to enhance priority neighbourhoods. After all, they play a key role in their neighbourhood and can positively influence the quality of life there. For this reason, central government looks at combined local opinion polls in priority neighbourhoods to find out what local residents think about the ongoing developments there.

Survey of residents in problem neighbourhoods

A long-term study by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) is surveying residents in problem neighbourhoods. It is also monitoring the movement of people into and away from these areas.

Risk of problems spreading further afield

The strategy to improve neighbourhoods entails certain risks. On the one hand, the local situation may improve. However, the problems could potentially transfer to other neighbourhoods. Central government has been studying this issue and has found no evidence that problems are being systematically displaced elsewhere.