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Government working group for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities

Objectives of research, foresight and assessment activities
Working group secretariat
Responsibilities
Composition of the Government working group for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities

The Government working group for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities (TEA Working Group) is a body facilitating cooperation and exchange of information between the Finnish ministries.

It aims to strengthen horizontal monitoring of research, foresight and assessment activities, improve the information base for decision making and develop new ways of distributing information on research, foresight and assessment activities to decision makers and society at large.

The working group was appointed by the Prime Minister's Office for an indefinite term and it involves all ministries. The working group is subject to an annual assessment by the Prime Minister's Office. Based on the Government Resolution on Comprehensive Reform of State Research Institutes and Research Funding, the group serves as the collective contracting authority for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities.

Objectives of research, foresight and assessment activities

Research, foresight and assessment activities support the formulation of government strategies and the attainment of associated objectives. They are also to map out what are the society's needs and future challenges  and how they reflect on the planned measures and objectives in each branch of government.

Research, foresight and assessment activities provide basis for proactive and timely decision making. At the same time they improve the quality, effectiveness and productivity of decision making.

  • Foresight activities refer to an organised and participatory process for collecting, assessing and analysing information and for drawing up well-justified projections and visions of the future in the medium and long run.
  • Research activities help develop skills and expertise necessary in the field and produce information that serves as the basis for legislation and political decision-making.
  • Continued development of society is supported by ensuring that the experiences and effectiveness data gained from earlier policies guide political decision-making over a long term.

Working group secretariat

General Secretary
Sari Löytökorpi, Project Manager
Prime Minister's Office
tel. +358 295 160 187
forename.surname@vnk.fi

Expert Secretary (foresight)
Ulla Rosenström, Senior Specialist
Prime Minister's Office
tel. +358 295 160 188
forename.surname@vnk.fi

Responsibilities

The responsibilities of the Government working group for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities are to:

Composition of the Government working group for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities

The working group for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities will liaise with the other bodies using, funding or producing research, foresight and assessment information.

Working group:

Chairperson

State Secretary, Prime Minister's Office

Vice Chairperson

Tuulia Hakola-Uusitalo, Senior Adviser for Finance, Ministry of Finance

Members

Sirpa Kekkonen, Counsellor, Prime Minister’s Office
Antti Kaski, Director of Policy Planning and Research, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Aarne Kinnunen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Justice
Harri Martikainen, Senior Adviser, Strategic and Performance Planning, Ministry of the Interior
Juha Martelius, Director of Research, Ministry of Defence
Tuulia Hakola-Uusitalo, Senior Adviser for Finance, Ministry of Finance
Ilkka Turunen, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture
Mikko Peltonen, Director of Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Juhani Damski, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Transport and Communications
Markku Wallin, Head of Unit, Director General, Ministry of Employment and the Economy
Raija Volk, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
Laura Höijer, Director of Research, Ministry of the Environment

Secretaries:

Sari Löytökorpi, Secretary General, Project Manager, Prime Minister’s Office
Ulla Rosenström, Expert Secretary, Senior Specialist, Prime Minister's Office