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History of De Onderzoekerij
De Onderzoekerij was launched in 2007 by Esther Poort and Annemarie Venemans as a research agency in the public domain. During the first five years of our existence, we focused entirely on carrying out qualitative and quantitative research in the field of health and care.
Since 2012, we shifted our activities to mainly quality assurance in higher education. We started out doing this as secretaries during research and educational assessments. Over the years, however, our activities have expanded significantly and we regularly find ourselves at the other side of the table as we support universities and universities of applied sciences during the preparation of research or educational assessments and with the applications for the initial accreditation of new programmes.
We are now entirely focussing on issues in the area of quality assurance in higher education. This also allows us to use our experience and expertise as researchers – when carrying out a need’s assessment for a new programme or an alumni survey, for example.
Our work method has not changed since we started our company. We are a small-scale agency and guarantee tailored services, a flexible approach and short lines of communication. We always consult with our clients about how they can best benefit from our support and how we can deliver that. This may be in the form of an evaluation or consulting trajectory from start to finish, but we can also be asked to act as advisers with ongoing projects.