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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Criminal justice

Date outcomes contract signed: Jun 2016

Capital raised (minimum): EUR 1.20m (USD 1.33m)

Service users: 150 individuals


The Work-Wise Direct Consortium offers an holistic approach to offenders by bringing together employment, education, healthcare, and municipal policies. Work-Wise Direct provides participants with an integral work-/study programme tailored to individual needs, alongside intensive, 'evidence-based' counselling. Each organisation in the Consortium has a national network of employers and relevant supply chain partners with which to connect offenders.

Target population

150 adult prisoners with sentences of 3-12 months - not otherwise based on age, gender, or type of crime.



  • Netherlands

Service delivery locations

  • The Netherlands

Outcome metrics

  • Reduce recidivism of the participants by 10%.
  • Decrease social benefits issued to participants by 25-30%.
  • Increase the labour participation of participants by 882 months in comparison to a control group.
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