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How is this project funded?

This project receives financial support from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). See for more information: [NWO]

Who initiated the project?

This project is an initiative of researchers in Curaçao. Click here to meet our researchteam. The scientific guidance lies with Prof.dr. Rob Alessie.

What is the aim of the project?

The SONORO project aims to contribute to the knowledge of small island developing states, and to improve the quality of life of the residents of Curaçao. 

What will be the results?

The collected data can be used by scientists to compare data on health and financial issues in different contexts. In addition, local non-profit organizations and policy makers are able to develop evidence based preventive strategies and policy, using data of the community. Lastly, the population will gain insight into their own health and financial issues, which can be used in strategically planning one’s own health and financial lifestyle. Also, by empowering the population to think along with researchers and local organizations about individual health decisions and financial decisions, people are stimulated to involve in research results and society. Listening to the people, attention for actual issues will strengthen their trust in own capacity. The founded community can be maintained by local organizations after the project has been carried out, and be expanded to the other Small Island Developing States within the Dutch Caribbean.

When will the project start?

In the beginning of the year 2018, SONORO will launch: a long-term study on life in Curaçao by Curacao researchers. We would like to invite you to participate in the SONORO Community and give your opinion. The goal: together develop good and smart ideas for the island.

Who is invited in the SONORO community?

In the SONORO community, we invite 500 randomly chosen Curacao residents. Together they represent the opinion of the inhabitants of Curaçao. 

How are the members of the SONORO community interviewed?

Every year, we ask the community 4 times to reflect on topics such as health and well-being. This can be done online via a questionnaire and takes 15 minutes. You can also indicate which topics you consider to be important. Participating is interesting and educational. You will regularly receive information about the results.

How about privacy?

All information obtained from this research will be processed by SONORO in an anonymous manner. SONORO strictly adheres to the secrecy law. Article 5 (2) of the Statistical Act obliges SONORO to strictly treat all collected data confidentially. The same law applies to the interviewers. 

How can I join?

If you are included in the random selection, an interviewer from the SONORO project will soon visit you. He or she will discuss the project with you and ask you to complete a survey. 

You (or your organisation) want to ask the SONORO community their opinion

Can I submit my survey to the SONORO community?

This will be possible in the near future. The SONORO community is a valuable research tool that can assist many local and international researchers in effectively collect data for their research. But also journalists, students of social organisations can gain valuable insights from the community. Please contact us for more information at

You have been invited to participate as a community member

What does participation imply?

Every year, we ask you to share 4 times your thoughts on topics such as health and well-being. This can be done online via a questionnaire and takes 15 minutes. With your community member number and password, visit our questionnaire webpage. There you can immediately fill out the questionnaires. Everyone in your household who participates will get their own community member number and password.

You can participate as long as you wish. The SONORO community is set up to investigate changes over time, so the longer you participate, the better these developments can be measured.

Why should I join?

To get a good picture of 'all' Curacao people, it is important that all selected households participate. Because only then there can really be concluded what the joined opinion is. The SONORO community consists of about 500 households. In the community there are men and women, young and old people, families who have lived for a long time - or just recently in Curacao - people with high income and low income, working and non-working, families and singles.

You assist scientists in their research and ensure that government determines policies based on what lives in society. A community member means very much for doing good research, or as a researcher has expressed it: "Each community member who participates is a building block for the final result. Every community member ensures that the result of the research becomes a bit more reliable."

How will I be approached for this research?

An interviewer from SONORO will visit you. You will receive a flyer in which we will tell you more about the community and the research. The interviewer explains what the SONORO community is, and asks you some questions about all aspects of your living situation:

  • work
  • living environment
  • leisure activities but also about:
  • health
  • your financial situation
  • what you think about certain topics

This way you get an idea of what kind of questions you can expect as a member of the community. The interviewer asks if you want to join the SONORO community.

Who carries out the study?

This project is an initiative of researchers on Curacao. Click here to meet our research group. The scientific guidance lies with Prof.dr. Rob Alessie of Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. The SONORO community is managed by CentERdata. CentERdata is a foundation for research and data collection, affiliated with Tilburg University.

How do you get my address?

The households we selected for becoming a member of the community, were selected randomly. Your address is chosen because you represent, with your household, an important part of the Curaçao population.

How much time does it take to participate?

It doesn’t take much time. Per year, about four questionnaires that take half an hour. The advantage of filling in the questionnaires in online is that you yourself decide when to do them. You have at least one week's time. It’s also possible to stop and then resume at a later time. 

Am I not too old to participate?

In order to get a good picture of ‘all’ the residents of Curaçao, it’s important that all sectors of the population participate. Young people, middle-aged people, but also older people. Older people represent an important part of the residents of Curaçao. Participating is not difficult. The questionnaires are simple and filling them in is self-explanatory. There are many multiple-choice questions: you only have to choose the best answer. You can never give an incorrect answer. Even if you don’t know anything about the subject being researched. We are more interested in what you think than what you know. If you get stuck, the community administrator is available by telephone or by mail for assistance.

Disabled, ill or visually impaired?

Then it is indeed difficult to fill in a questionnaire by yourself. What do you think if someone would ask you the questions by phone or personally at your home?

What if I don’t have a computer or internet?

In order to get a good picture of the residents of Curaçao, it’s important to also include people who don’t use a computer or the internet. What do you think if someone would ask you the questions by phone or personally at your home?

You want to protect your privacy and you’re afraid that your information will be used by third parties for marketing purposes?

The SONORO Community adheres to Curacao’s National Regulation for the Protection of Personal Data (Landsverordening Bescherming Persoonsgegevens Curaçao). When we receive your answers, they will be stored separately from your name and address. We will not give any authority access to your administrative information (name, address, phone number and email address) without your permission. We only use your data for scientific research and never for advertising, spam (unwanted email advertising), telemarketing or other commercial purposes.

Commit for a longer period of time?

The SONORO Community we will be doing research about the residents of Curaçao for four years. That’s why we hope that you’re willing to participate for a longer period of time. Participation is always voluntary: if you really don’t like it, you can always stop immediately and it doesn’t cost anything.