SADe programme organisation

The SADe programme was launched by the Ministry of Finance in 2009 on the basis of the Government's position on the promotion of e-services and the information society approved on 6 March 2009. The ministerial working group on public administration and regional development, which met on 8 December 2011, was in favour of the new guidelines regarding SADe programme implementation, and the Ministry of Finance re-launched the programme on 24 April 2012. The programme period was extended until the end of 2015, and a steering group was appointed for the programme.

The SADe programme is one of the Government's priority projects. It is the first comprehensive, nationwide e-services development programme in Finland. The programme will run until the end of 2015.

The SADe programme is funded and coordinated by the Ministry of Finance. It consists of seven projects run by various ministries. In addition to the responsible ministries, other government authorities, municipalities, joint municipal authorities, businesses and third-sector organisations also contribute to the programme implementation.

The programme has its own steering group consisting of the responsible ministries, the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, municipalities, and the Ministry of Finance. It is the steering group's duty to provide guidelines for programme implementation, to support the national and regional introduction of the services created during the programme, and to ensure a cross-administrative approach to the achievement of key programme objectives. A programme manager, two programme coordinators and a programme assistant working in the Ministry of Finance's Public Sector ICT operational unit provide guidance and coordination of the programme.

The Ministry of Finance makes the financing and launch decisions required for programme implementation, appoints the ministries responsible (project owners) and cluster groups (which act as project steering groups) for each project.

The Ministry of Finance specifies, provides and maintains operating models, instructions and tools for the various projects and for project-related cooperation. Project owners are responsible for running the project in line with the operating model and objectives, for preparations during the introduction and maintenance stage, and for any procurement required.

Other participants in the programme include a number of municipalities, central government agencies, third-sector organisations and companies.

The e-services development programme is part of other public sector service development work. The SADe programme is part of the public administration ICT strategy and contributes to administrative development efforts, which include the Effectiveness and Productivity Programme, Local Government Productivity and Performance Programme, the Client Relationship Strategy project, and the Public Sector Customer Service Development Project.