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Citizens' initiatives ask for tailored approaches and enthusiasm

Looking for smart collaborations between residents and the housing corporation
28 June 2017
Increasingly often, citizens are willing or expected to arrange matters in the street or neighbourhood by themselves. The housing corporation or municipality is no longer automatically in the lead. It is the resident him/herself who regularly takes the reins. Researchers Ward Rauws, Ruben Bouwman and George de Kam of the University of Groningen show that there is a large variety of citizens' initiatives. In their "Wie is aan de buurt?" report, it is also clear that they share one goal: strengthening contact between residents. In addition, enthusiasm and appreciation from professionals prove to be a great support for citizens' initiatives.

On behalf of Accolade housing corporation, the researchers analysed 82 residents initiatives in Drachten, Franeker, Heerenveen, Joure and Sneek. In doing so, they looked at the motives of initiators. They also investigated the way in which initiatives are organised and what support they receive. Then they looked at how housing corporations can relate to these initiative, and what it demands from the corporation and its employees.

Download: Interactive digital report (read in Acrobat Reader) / Printable version

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