Monitoring and Research

To evaluate policy effectiveness, Rijkswaterstaat monitors quantities and characteristics of waste streams, transboundary movement, waste treatment and processing activities, and (inter)national market developments. To gather this data, Rijkswaterstaat coordinates the monitoring activities of various organisations and compiles the results in a central database. Monitoring activities also include developing indicators and waste output scenarios. The generated data is analysed and processed to deliver monitoring reports to the Dutch government and the EU (Eurostat).

To formulate sound and reliable policy advice, Rijkswaterstaat executes research (e.g. lifecycle analyses), contracts external experts and/or analyses third-party research. Rijkswaterstaat also regularly consults private and public stakeholders to take into account their views and experiences.

It thus bridges the gap between policy and practice. Rijkswaterstaat uses different methods for stakeholder consultation, such as participatory workshops and network meetings.
Thus, Rijkswaterstaat has extensive experience with knowledge and data management. It is continuously developing its knowledge base, promoting knowledge exchange and correct use of information sources.