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Survey about Public Governance Strategy

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Kysely | Valtiovarainministeriö
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According to the PM Sanna Marin's Government Programme the Government will prepare a strategy for the public governance. We aim to to identify the changes that must be realised in the 2020s in order to have the world's best public governance in the 2030s. The project is led by the Ministry of Finance and the Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities together with stakeholders. This survey concerns the drafts on principles and policies. A more thorough background of the strategy, the process, principles and policies can be found in the attached presentation.

Answering the survey is anonymous and we hope that you answer from your point of view. As background information we kindly ask you to provide information on whether you represent an organisation or answer as a private person. You can choose, which questions you want to answer. The results of the survey will be used in the formulation of the final strategy. The Strategy will be published towards the end of 2020. 


Päättynyt: 10.8.2020



Kyselyn pakolliset kysymykset on merkitty (*) tähtimerkillä.

You can choose more than one
  • State 0 / 1
  • Municipality 0 / 1
  • Other public sector entity 0 / 1
  • Non governmental organisation 0 / 1
  • Business 0 / 1
  • Research 1 / 1
  • Other 0 / 1
  • Private person 0 / 1
The principles for the public governance in the 2020s
OPEN GOVERNMENT WORKS TOGETHER. Government operates in a uniform and transparent way and assumes responsibility for work performed. Government listens and creates real opportunities for participation. Clear communication and working together in Finland, Europe and internationally means building openness and participation.
  • I fully support this statement. Openness enhances chances and decreases mobilisation potential of groups that perceive decision as unjust. It is also a good tool to avoid clientele oriented politics

ACTIVELY BUILDING TRUST. Government relies on practices that generate continuity and stability, and builds trust by being proactive. Compassionate governance fosters social capital rooted in trust.
  • Yes, this is absolutely correct

DIVERSITY STRENGTHENS EQUALITY. Government strengthens equality by acknowledging peoples diversified lives. It includes different groups of people and builds togetherness and fairness and thus the legitimacy of governance.
  • I fully agree, diversity is the key to face future challenges and opportunities alike. Nature has proven that specialisation and isolation are not beneficial on the long run

EVIDENCE-BASED ACTION. Preparatory work and decision-making in government are always evidence-based. Information used for decision-making is openly available. Through extensive use of internationally recognised, reliable data and knowledge, government is capable for reasoned decision-making and identifies new kinds of opportunities.
  • I could not agree more. Expertise must be involved in decision making, and the decision making process shall be transparent. This opens for a broader view on issues at stake, and it decreases opposition of decisions taken, which in turn usually leads to speedier implementation

TRANSGENERATIONAL RESPONSIBILITY ACKNOWLEDGES THE PLANETARY LIMITS. Sustainable welfare requires global and transgenerational responsibility on planetary limits and the nature’s capacity.
  • Yes, indeed. All generations shall be respected, and act responsibly. One generation shall not live on the costs of any other generation

CHANGE GUIDED BY IMAGINATION. Government is able systematically to imagine in a creative way possible new futures and new ways of carrying out governance tasks. Structures are renewed and practices developed via bold experimentation and risk-taking.
  • I totally agree. Scenario building is an excellent tool to identify, evaluate, assess and jointly discuss future scenarios and best-fit options

Are the principles in balance and harmony? Should something be added or taken away?
  • Life-long-learning could be added as a principle.

Policies for the 2020s
Policies for the 2020s steer the public administration in implementing the principles and tasks in new ways. Emphasize the policies you think would create the desired change in the public governance.
  • The public administration works as one entity 0 / 1
  • The public administration works seamlessly with the whole society 1 / 1
  • The public administration strengthens democracy by providing diverse possibilities to participate 0 / 1
  • The public administration implements in sustainable development goals 0 / 1
  • The public administration bravely invests in digitalisation 0 / 1
  • The public administration takes care of joint resources in a sustainable way 0 / 1
  • The public administration sees human centricity as a core value 0 / 1
  • The public administration values diversity 0 / 1
  • The public administration creates possibilities through diverse steering 0 / 1
  • The public administration learns continuously and quickly 1 / 1
  • The public administration evaluates long-term impact 0 / 1
  • The public administration uses knowledge in a versatile way 1 / 1
What should change in the structures, processes and operational culture of public governance?
  • I think the principles are fine. The government shall also see to it to encounter populist movements and remove their grounds for argumentation wisely. A tough task!

Are the policies in harmony and ambitious enough to bring the necessary change?
  • Yes

The Public Governance of the Future
Imagine the year 2030. How would the world's best public administration function? What would be its role in the society? What would have changed? What would be the same as today? Let your imagination run free.
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