Report on and Evaluation of the Third Term of Office 1983-1987

The activities of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) fall into five-yearly terms of office. The third of the Council's terms expired on 31 December 1987. As at the end of the first and second terms of office, the Council should like to provide an account of the way in which it has discharged its statutory responsibilities.

This report sets out to provide a summary of the Council's activities. Chapter 1 outlines the responsibilities and organisation of the Council. Chapter 2 deals with the Council's working methods, while the Council's reports and their effects within the political system and society in general are discussed in Chapter 3

Chapter 4 concentrates more on an evaluation of the way in which the Council has operated. In doing so the Council is complying with the requirement to produce a periodic evaluation report as laid down in the instructions for external advisory bodies issued by the Prime Minister on 11 March 1987. Chapter 4 also examines long-range research as an independent WRR activity.