Lessen uit het Amsterdamse experiment met de bijstand

Translated title of the contribution: Lessons from the Amsterdam Experiment of Social Welfare

Paul de Beer, Sandra Bos

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Tussenstand van het onderzoek, uitgevoerd door de HvA en UvA, naar het Amsterdams Experiment met de Bijstand (2018-2022), waarin wordt geschreven over de methode, uitkomsten en het belang van kwantitatief in combinatie met kwalitatief onderzoek.

Samenvatting (English)
In the period 2018-2021 the municipality of Amsterdam conducted an experiment with beneficiaries of social assistance. Benefit recipients could voluntarily participate in the experiment. They were randomly assigned to three experimental conditions, viz. ‘extra attention’ (in which they received more frequent counseling and support), ‘self-direction’ (which offered the participants the freedom to make their own choices), and the ‘comparison group’ (the control group which received the customary treatment). Under all three conditions, participants who worked part-time could earn up to €200 a month on top of their social assistance benefit. A little over 800 participants (of the 5,000 in total) were followed closely by researchers of the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (HvA) and the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Although the participants who got ‘extra attention’ did not significantly flow out more frequently from the social assistance system than participants in the other two conditions, they did more often have a part-time job at the end of the experiment. There were no significant differences between the conditions with respect to participation in other non-paid activities, such as voluntary work and informal care. In-depth interviews with a selection of the participants showed, among other outcomes, that they considered the financial uncertainty as a main hindrance for doing (more) part-time work.
Translated title of the contributionLessons from the Amsterdam Experiment of Social Welfare
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)8-25
JournalBeleid en Maatschappij
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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