REsearch design

Secundary education

What does the research involve for participating secondary schools and what are we going to do in the four studies?

Information for participating schools

If you would you like to take part in our research, please contact us by sending an email to:

All participants will receive a report summarising the results for their school. This report will focus primarily on the effectiveness of the catch-up and support programme in terms of cognitive skills, well-being, confidence and social competences of the participating pupils.

This report can be used to account for the use of the funding received.

The research involves:


Analysis of LMS data (a research assistant will be available to help you upload this data to a secure CBS database)


Interviews with the contact person, school leadership team and administrators (during and on completion of the programme)


Participation in focus groups with teachers and participating pupils


Observations during the programme


An online questionnaire to be completed by pupils concerning well-being, self-confidence and social competences

Four secondary education studies


Study A

Analysis of applications for funding

An analysis of the programmes according to type of intervention and effective elements (sample of 500 schools to identify objectives and ideas about the programmes).

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Study B

Quantitative analysis of effectiveness in terms of cognitive learning outcomes

A quantitative analysis of the effectiveness of the programmes in terms of cognitive learning outcomes using data from the learning management systems (LMS).

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Study C

Qualitative case studies

An analysis of implementation of the programmes (effective elements and theory of change) in a sample of 30 schools and sharing good practice of other schools.

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Study D

Quantitative evaluation of social-emotional development and outcomes

An online questionnaire to be completed by pupils to measure the effects of the programmes in terms of well-being, confidence and social competences.

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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.


Do you have any questions about the research? Contact us for a general questions or ask the research team.


Are you interested in what other schools/centres are doing? We are sharing the best examples.


Would you like to read about similar research in other schools and centres? All our research is shown here.