Futures work and evaluations of governance policy

Futures work and foresight in governance policy is part of the governance policy toolbox. Futures work in governance policy is carried out throughout the Government. Futures reviews are prepared at the end of the government term to serve the parliamentary elections and the formation of the next government. The themes of governance policy are part of the Futures Review of the Ministry of Finance. 

Government in balancing welfare and the economy - Governance policy guidelines for 2020 (in Finnish)

(Futures review of governance policy in 2010) 

OECD assesses the functioning, efficiency and effectiveness of governance policies and administrations in different countries 

In the reform of government, it is important to evaluate how successful development work has been. In Finland, almost all major development projects are accompanied by such an evaluation. In addition to these project-specific evaluations, it is important that the overall government and its reform are evaluated at regular intervals. The entire Finnish government was evaluated most recently by the OECD (Or-ganisation of Economic Co-operation and Development) in 2015. 

Upcoming confidence assessment 

Finland has commissioned a confidence assessment from the OECD, which will be completed in spring 2021. The OECD’s confidence assessment project aims to:  

  • expand and strengthen the knowledge base of confidence in government institutions in Finland and provide international comparative data  
  • explore citizens' trust in government  
  • provide an analysis of which issues strengthen or weaken confidence in government institutions in Finland.  

Based on the confidence assessment, it is possible to formulate a strategy to determine where to invest to build trust. 

FINEST – a joint country review of governance in Finland and Estonia in 2015 

The OECD carried out a joint country review of Finland and Estonia in 2015. The review was a follow-up to the previous country review of Finland's governance policy, which was conducted in 2010. 

OECD Public Governance Reviews:Finland Fostering Strategic Capacity across Governments and Digital Services across Borders

OECD Public Governance Reviews:Estonia and Finland

The OECD website on the review of Finland and Estonia is available at: oe.cd/FinEst  

A previous comprehensive review of Finnish governance by the OECD (Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development) was completed in 2010.

Summary of OECD assessment and recommendations 
Summary of OECD assessment and recommendations (in Finnish) 

Governments for the Future 

In 2011–2013, Finland carried out a joint assessment of the future of government with the United Kingdom, Austria, Sweden and Scotland.

Governments for the Future - Main Report
Decision or Changes – Finland in the Mirror 

Contact details 

Katju Holkeri
enior Ministerial Adviser
el. +358 2955 30087 [email protected]