Evidence-based management aims to increase the organisation's ability to create value through knowledge and expertise. The value of administration is derived from well-functioning and effective services, cost-effectiveness and the building of a stable society. In central government, evidence-based man-agement seeks to make systematic use of information in preparation, decision-making and implementa-tion, both in the Government and in agencies and institutions. Evidence-based management can improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of measures.
In administration, evidence-based management is useful for example when setting strategic objectives and monitoring objectives and results, and in the operational management of activities. The task of the management is to enable processes that transform data into activities. For this, skills should be improved, practices reformed and information resources opened up for wider use within and outside the administration. In the end, evidence-based management has to do with learning and reforming activities. New technologies and digitalisation offer better and more efficient solutions for data processing. This is supported by new legislation on information management and data protection.
Tietokiri, a project for developing evidence-based management
The Ministry of Finance is building a new kind of service and operating method in a project developing a public administration analysis and reporting service (Tietokiri) in cooperation with joint government service providers. Coordinated by the State Treasury, the project produces analysis and reporting services that utilise data on the activities, finances and administration of central government agencies. It is essential to produce comparative data and situational pictures and to identify development targets to ensure central government’s overall interest in the development, guidance and management of activities. It is a matter of concrete development of evidence-based management in the area of state corporate guidance. In cooperation with the State Treasury, the Government Shared Ser-vices Centre for Finance and HR also provides analysis and reporting services to agency customers in its administrative branch. The Tietokiri project is part of the implementation of the Report on Ethical Infor-mation Policy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (VNS 7/2018 vp) prepared under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance and submitted on 5 December 2018.