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 that enables the Finnish ministries to cooperate and exchange information more smoothly.

It serves 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 consists of representatives from all the ministries

The working group was appointed by the Prime Minister's Office for an indefinite term and it involves all ministries. It serves as the collective contracting authority for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities of the Government and its ministries. It is subject to an annual assessment by the Prime Minister's Office.

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 also help determine the needs and future challenges in society  and how these 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 while also improving 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 reasoned projections and scenarios of the future in the medium and long term.
  • Research activities help develop the skills and expertise needed in the field and produce information that serves as the basis for legislation and political decision-making.
  • By making sure that the experiences and effectiveness data gained from earlier policies consistently guide political decision-making we ensure continuity in developments in society.

Working group tasks

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

  • give a proposal to the Government, on an annual basis and through horizontal cooperation between the ministries, for an analysis, foresight, assessment and research plan in support of the Government's decision-making
  • guide the analysis, foresight, assessment and research process of the Government in the respective ministries;
  • coordinate and monitor the implementation of the analysis, foresight, assessment and research plan and achievement of its objectives;
  • see to the dissemination of information and knowledge created in the respective ministries and administrative branches;
  • prepare a joint proposal for a decision on the thematic areas and priorities for strategic research to the Government on an annual basis, after consultation with the Research and Innovation Council and based on an initiative of the Strategic Research Council;
  • coordinate the drafting of a description of the context of operations and other foresight work as the basis for the futures reports of the ministries; and 
  • in other respects promote putting the analysis, foresight, assessment and research knowledge and public information resources into practice in political decision-making. 

Composition of the working group

The working group for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities will liaise with other bodies that use, finance and produce research, foresight and assessment data.

Chair

Paula Lehtomäki, State Secretary, Prime Minister's Office

Vice chair

staff member of Prime Minister's Office or Secretary-General of the working group

Members

Taina Kulmala, Head of Unit, Prime Minister's Office

Sini Paukkunen, Counsellor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Venla Salmi, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Justice

Lauri Holmström, Senior Specialist, Ministry of the Interior

Marikaisa Tiilikainen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Defence

Tuomo Mäki, Financial Counsellor, Ministry of Finance

Ilkka Turunen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture

Suvi Ryynänen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Johanna Särkijärvi, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Transport and Communications

Päivi Järviniemi, Labour Market Counsellor, Ministry of Employment and the Economy

Raija Volk, Director, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Laura Höijer, Research Director, Ministry of the Environment

Personal deputies

Sari Löytökorpi, Project Manager, Prime Minister's Office

Janne Jokinen, Counsellor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Tea Skog, Management Specialist, Ministry of Justice

Hanna-Miina Sihvonen, Senior Specialist, Ministry of the Interior

Terhi Ylitalo, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Defence

Ulla Hämäläinen, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Finance

Iiris Patosalmi, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Education and Culture

Elina Nikkola, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Pirjo Karttunen, Senior Officer, Ministry of Transport and Communications

Seppo Kangaspunta, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Employment and the Economy

Saara Leppinen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health

Juha-Pekka Maijala, Senior Engineer, Ministry of the Environment

Permanent experts

Ulla Rosenström, Chief Senior Specialist, Prime Minister's Office

Secretaries

Sari Löytökorpi, Secretary-General, Project Manager, Prime Minister's Office

Kaisa Lähteenmäki-Smith, Professional Secretary, Science Specialist, Prime Minister's Office

Risto Alatarvas, Professional Secretary, Senior Specialist, Prime Minister's Office

Kaisa Oksanen, Professional Secretary, Senior Specialist, Prime Minister's Office

Changes to the secretariat may be made by a decision of the Prime Minister's Office.