Blueprint Dutch National Police (2014)

Development of the 5-year plan to evaluate the success and impact of the Dutch National Police implementation awarded by the WODC on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.

Erasmus University Rotterdam has developed a blueprint for the evaluation of the Dutch national police (Police Act 2012). This report describes a reconstruction of the policy theory underlying the introduction of the national police and presents a plan for its evaluation. The research leading to this report took place in the period from February to September 2014 and was conducted under the guidance of the Commission Rinnooy Kan.  

Based on the reconstruction of the policy theory indicators for the assessment of its validity have been identified. The indicators are subdivided into effect measures, implementation measures and process measures.

 This report suggests a flexible evaluation approach. In the first instance, we propose to focus on output and outcome measures (effect evaluation). An evaluation focusing on input and throughput factors (implementation evaluation) should be conducted only when unexpected results emerge in the effect evaluation. We further propose an in-depth process evaluation, which systematically brings into view disparate stakeholder perspectives and complex interactions. Such a process evaluation provides  a management tool to inform adjustments in the implementation of the national police. For the process evaluation, we propose cases, which focus on specific aspects of the policy theory or on selected topics which concerns the governance and control of the police. A process evaluation also gains importance, in case effects and/or implementations deviate from expectations described in the policy theory.

This study was carried out by a multi-disciplinary team of the Erasmus University, led by the Centre of Excellence in Public Safety Management.

The report can be downloaded at the WODC website.