Primary education


Aims and findings of study 3 in primary education

Qualitative case studies

In the third study, we will investigate the effective elements and theory of change of the catch-up and support programmes in more detail. We will use the analysis carried out in study 1 to obtain a stratified sample of 12 schools. We will first ask these schools to provide more information on their theory of change. We will then evaluate this theory of change, while also examining in more general terms the effective elements of the selected programmes for specific target groups, as part of the data collection process.

The actual data collection will depend on the timeframe and duration of the programmes in the selected schools, but will consist at a minimum of interviews with the school leadership team and the programme leaders, prior to, during and on completion of the programme. We will also conduct observations during the programme (where possible), and we will organise a focus group with a panel of parents and participating children during and on completion of the programme.

Other studies in primary education


Study 1

Analysis of applications

A document analysis and interviews about the type of intervention and effective elements.

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Study 2

Quantitative analysis

A quantitative analysis of LMS-NCO data and a survey of the effectiveness on cognitive learning outcomes.

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Study 4

Quantative evaluation

An online questionnaire for parents about the effects on the social-emotional development of their child.

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Throughout the research, we will work closely together with schools and other sector partners (Council for Primary Education, Dutch Inspectorate of Education, Ministry of Education) to share our research findings – where possible during implementation of the programmes. You can read the results of the studies here.

Proposal NRO

Would you like to view a copy of the research proposal (in Dutch) for these studies? Download it here.


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