The Hope Barometer is a scientific project aimed at finding ways to measure and increase hope in organisations, cities and other groups. We define hope as an engaged desire for an achievable, but always uncertain goal. As such, hope can be an important incentive for change and innovation, and help people deal with and flourish in a quickly changing world. To understand hope, we need to be able to measure hope, and to measure hope we developed the Hope Barometer! On this website, you can find a shortened version of the Hope Barometer, an overview of previous research and many other things related to hope.

The Hope Barometer is a project by the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation, Rotterdam and the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics, Leuven. The project is made possible by the Goldschmeding Foundation.

The team

The Hope Barometer is a collaboration between the Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organisation (EHERO) and the Institute for Leadership and Social Ethics (ILSE). The team behind the project consists of researchers from both organisations.

Stichting Netherlands Hope Research Institute

The hopebarometer is the project website of the stichting Netherlands Hope Research Institute.


This Dutch foundation aims to describe, measure and positively influence hope on a scientific basis. This objective is achieved by conducting scientific research into hope in society and organizations.
By focusing the measurement of hope on specific contexts such as a company or the city, specified data can be collected that provides more insight into hope in the specific context. This insight can be helpful in policy making and interventions to positively influence hope. A short self-test is included in this website.


A budget of approximately € 200,000 is required for the 2020 calendar year. The academic substantiation will be further strengthened during this period, which will result in various academic publications. We are currently working on a scientific volume that will be published by Springer. This bundle brings together renowned international scientists in the field of hope. Another important publication that will be started is an international handbook on hope. With this we hope to make the academic knowledge that we have gained in recent years more widely available for the academic community, so that it can become so fruitful. We also want to make the developed hope barometer known as widely as possible in order to increase its impact.
There will also be a lot of attention for measuring hope in all sorts of contexts and sections of society. A national measurement of hope will again be carried out. This makes it possible to visualize the trend over several years. There will also be various international measurements. By measuring hope in countries with a western society, it is possible to compare the national measurement with the international measurements and thus to identify similarities and differences. Furthermore, we want to apply the measurement in different contexts, such as taking a measurement in the context of the city. Current contacts will be expanded to explore the possibility of performing a measurement. The context of business is also an important focus for performing measurements and providing insight through the results thereof. By combining the measurement with a workshop in which the results are explained and with which an intervention is done, a positive impact can be obtained. In addition to the context of the city and the business world, active integration is sought with various projects of the Goldschmeding Foundation. Within these different contexts, it is crucial that research into hope and its measurement provides insight into hope in relation to the specific aspects of the context. This insight provides tools for behavioral change, in which the positive influence of hope will be the impetus. Moreover, the measurements within the aforementioned different contexts enrich the academic research into hope because the insight into hope is increased by each measurement. This in turn benefits subsequent measurements and interventions. In this way this project has a major social impact.


The foundation is fully dependent on subsidies and donations to obtain income. The money thus obtained fully benefits the conduct of scientific research and related activities. No capital is reserved for spending in future years. The aim is to use the income received within a calendar year after receipt to achieve the foundation’s objective. The assets of the foundation are managed in accordance with the relevant legal regulations. This means, among other things, that financial statements are drawn up based on sound (financial) administration.
The foundation is a non-profit organization. The board members also receive no remuneration for their work, other than a possible reimbursement for the costs incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
The activities are carried out by hiring people, including, in particular but not exclusively, academic staff members from the de Evangelische Theologische Faculteit Leuven. Remuneration of hired workers is done in accordance with the applicable collective agreement and relevant legislation.


The board of the foundation is formed by three people in the position of chairman, secretary and treasurer respectively. This concerns Mr Andreas Beck in the position of chairman, Mr Gerson Veldhuizen in the position of secretary and Mr Bernard Vantieghem in the position of treasurer.


The stichting Netherlands Hope Research Institute is based in Elburg (The Netherlands) with the following details:

For more information, please contact us at info@etf-ilse.org.