Preventive behaviour played an important role in gaining control of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Healthy behaviour was also vital in staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research on behaviour and health provides insights on how to help people keep following behavioural rules – with a focus on their own health and the people around them. RIVM conducts research on the application of behavioural science.

Pandemic preparedness

Voorjaar tijdens coronapandemie

The RIVM Behavioural Unit will deploy behavioural science knowledge to prevent and control future pandemics. It will also provide an overview of relevant behavioural science knowledge and practical tools for pandemic preparedness for policy, practice and research.


Bovenbuurvrouw maakt een praatje met onderbuurvrouw

Research on testing, staying home and sentiment among citizens are topics the RIVM Behavioural Unit has studied since 2020. 

Vaccination willingness

Vaccinatiebereidheid - RIVM Corona Gedragsunit

What factors influence vaccination participation, and what sentiments and considerations do people have when choosing to receive COVID-19 vaccination? See the webpage Vaccination willingness (in Dutch).