The role of reports in science
Reports from government organizations, think tanks and stakeholders can be an important source of information in scientific research. Reports include:
Always be careful with information from reports, because they are often written with the objectives of the issuing or paying agency in mind.
Searching for reports
The Overheid.nl website provides access to all information from government organizations in the Netherlands, both regionally and nationally.
The Rijksoverheid.nl website is the joint website of the 11 ministries. Ministries are involved, among other things, with legislative proposals, rules and policy plans in a diverse set of topics. You can also find information about the Dutch administration on Rijksoverheid.nl.
The Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP) is a government agency which conducts research into the social aspects of all areas of government policy. The main fields studied are health, welfare, social security, the labour market and education, with a particular focus on the interfaces between these fields. The reports published by SCP are widely used by government, civil servants, local authorities and academics
The SCP works primarily from a social science perspective and pays particular attention to the relationship between government and citizens.
The reports are freely available on the internet. They generally contain many figures and are therefore useful for describing a situation or problem and for demonstrating a development or trend.
You can search in different ways:
Note: titles of books and reports are often more general than the individual subjects that appear in these publications. For example: reports on Youth in the Netherlands can contain information about about youth crime, labour market or education.
OECD reports: the university library has a subscription to large parts of the OECD iLibrary with thousands of reports on, among other things: development, education, economy, employment, governance, social issues / migration / health, urban / rural and regional development and science and technology.
You can also search for information from a specific country.