Knowledge base: research, policy and innovation


All the research activities carried out by Rutgers WPF cover the following three areas:

  • Research accompanying specific interventions such as evaluation studies, effect studies, etc.;
  • Research into the determinants of sexuality and sexual behaviour (when possible theory driven);
  • Monitoring and registration research to produce facts and figures regarding indicators of sexual health in the Netherlands.

Other research is carried out within one of the four other priority domains of Rutgers WPF: education, care for vulnerable groups, healthcare and direct information provision.

Policy support

Sexuality education and good facilities like easy access to contraception and counselling need to be advocated for in order to create space and attention for sexual health. We also maintain relations with policy makers and politicians providing them with information often based on our research. We have a continual focus on policy and (government) decisions that may influence the quality of sexual health and accessibility to sexual healthcare or facilities.


We have outlined some important aspects of sexual health in the Netherlands, taking into account certain trends that can be expected. These are for example:

  • Citizens’ opportunities for self-determination (i.e. provision of more self-help);
  • The digitalising of information (e.g. through smart-boards in schools);
  • The growing importance of social media.

As well as this,  Rutgers WPF may have the capacity to look into certain subjects relating to unforeseen current affairs (such as the recent outrage of paedosexual abuse in childcare facilities) or opportunities may arise relating to particular subjects (e.g. specific attention being given to transgenders).