In the Netherlands, outreach to service users with low literacy has proven difficult. A need exists to expand identification sites and to screen people who potentially have low basic skills in an accessible setting. In this context, experimentation has focused on screening the clients of various service providers for low literacy by means of a validated Literacy Screener (Taalmeter). In one guidance session the results of the Literacy Screener were discussed. Potentially low literate clients were informed about local training opportunities and were referred to language training points or educational institutions. Four organisations have participated in the GOAL pilot and are currently seeking to incorporate lessons learned in their mainstream work processes: Aksept (an organisation specialising in services relating to labour market participation and health care), the Municipality of Emmen, Penitentiary Institution Lelystad, and Penitentiary Institution Achterhoek. All of these organisation are part of a regional network called Language for Life, which forms part of the national Count on Skills Programme.
The links below will lead you to the results of the Netherlands for the main themes of the GOAL evaluation.