Putting knowledge to use

The joint analysis, assessment and research activities, coordinated by the Government, generate information that supports decision making, working practices and management by knowledge.

With the world in constant flux, society's information needs also change rapidly and are linked to ever larger contexts and phenomena. The preparation and implementation of policies in society, and the related decision making, should be based on well-researched information. By using research, foresight, assessment and monitoring data more effectively, the knowledge base underlying policy decisions becomes more solid which in turn leads to better quality and effectiveness. To utilise information efficiently, interaction between the producers and users of the data needs to be close.

The Government adopts a plan for analysis, assessment and research annually that underpins policy decision making and steers studies and research towards specific priority areas selected by the Government. Under the leadership of the Prime Minister's Office, the Government working group for the coordination of research, foresight and assessment activities is in charge of formulating the plan. The working group comprises experts from all administrative branches.

The resources available for implementing the plan amount approximately EUR 10 million. The appropriations will be used for analyses, assessments, foresight reports, impact comparisons of various policy instruments and evaluations of situation awareness scenarios.   The analysis, research and assessment projects can span from a few months to three years.  The projects are expected to be transparent and the outcomes to be as widely applicable as possible.

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Comprehensive reform in government research institutes and research funding