• Conducive government

    Cornerstone of our society

  •   Better and more consistent policy 

    No matter on which governmental level, the elections are every four years. This means that every four years, new people make decisions on policy. This could ensure consistent policy. However, on all governmental levels, we see that this is not happening. When there are concerns within society about certain issues, the government is usually more than ready to throw money at it and change the policy-course.  We think it is important to look for nuance, keep calm and think about the issue again to find suitable measures and construct sound policy based on research. This is not happening, while the Netherlands is hitting against issues that keep getting bigger: for example, around climate change, healthcare, biodiversity, polarization, and trust. For large problems like these, long term plans are necessary in combination with short-term plans. That is why consistent policy is essential for a better Wageningen.  

  • Priorities

    • More suitable and consistent policy 
    • Interaction with citizens must improve 
    • Improve the open culture continuously 
    • Improve communication 
    • Citizens decide what participation is, themunicipality accepts 
  • Context

    The municipality serves her citizens. Think about the request for a permit, debt assistance or poverty reduction policy. These are decisions that the municipality makes which can have a great impact on the life of a citizen. We all know the example of the child benefits scandal or people who were cut short on their benefits because their mother was helping them out with groceries. People’s lives can be completely devastated like this. Processes and procedures should be clear, simple and understandable for citizens and civil servants alike. Human scale and honesty should be part of the culture within the municipality. Citizens should be able to expect, beforehand, what the municipality does and when. Also, civil servants should not be tempted to apply rules and policy randomly, and report any issues without fear of consequences.  

  • Priorities further explained

    Interaction with citizens must improve 

    A Wageningen citizen should be able to expect, beforehand, when they will react appropriately. The citizen should also be able to understand this reaction, meaning it should be in a simple language. Think about citizens who are not native of the Dutch language, for example. Also people with a visual impairment or low literacy. 

    Improve an open culture continuously 

    Within the administrative apparatus, there should be an open culture. Every civil servantmust have the opportunity to admit proposals in order to improve processes and procedures. This should all be focused on improving the civil service to our citizens. What if a civil servant recognizes many different issues within a process, or a colleague that is violating norms and rules? We think there should be an (anonymous) administrative point for civil servants to report these issues. With this, we want to prevent a civil servant having to fear for his job when reporting issues within such important processes and procesdures.  


    Improve communication 

    We think it is important that the municipality communicates inclusively. Citizens who are not (yet) masters of the Dutch language, or who have audio/visual impairments, should be able to have appropriate access important information. The municipality can do this by publishing videos with multi-lingual information. We are focused on raising more attention to this issue. 

    Citizens decide what participation is, the municipality accepts 

    Before the municipality undertakes any action, usually they organize participationmeetings. Here, citizens can listen and join in on the conversation about their neighborhood. These meetings are not popular, particularly, amongst young-adults and starters. We have requested to research this, which just confirms this knowledge. For instance, when there is a new housing constructions project, we see neighborhood citizens who join the conversation. People who are looking for houses, like starters and students, are not included. That is why we want citizens to decide how participation is designed. Participation starts with citizens: what is important for them and how do they want to contribute. A protest, for example, isalso participation. 

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