Based at the University of Amsterdam and working within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), this research project aims to work collaboratively with municipalities to better understand how decentralization and ambulatory care practices may be used and implemented in ways that best serve the needs and rights of clients in social welfare and sheltered housing. As such, this research project provides municipalities with administrative advice and explanations from different perspectives, most crucially those of clients themselves, but also ones that emerge out of annual interviews with social support actors, policymakers, housing companies, mental health care providers (GGZ) and police representatives. The research will be carried out over a period of five years. During recurring give-and-take meetings, interim results will be provided by the research team and subsequently discussed with municipalities. Additionally, academic findings and local best practices will be shared by Dr. Nienke Boesveldt and Michel van Hees (process manager for Dutch municipalities and health organizations) during conferences and through the publishing of reports.

One of the ways in which knowledge about the local practices concerning extramuralizations and decentralisation of social relief and sheltered housing is diffused is by means of an executive programme for Dutch professionals in social welfare and sheltered housing. During multiple sessions Dr. Nienke Boesveldt and Michel van Hees share academic findings and local best practices.

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