Study visit Finland (30 Jan - 1 Feb) 2018

Study visit Finland (30 Jan - 1 Feb) 2018

Study visit to Finland  took place between January 30 and February 1, 2018 in Helsinki and Espoo.

The visit was focused on the whole chain of strategic management in Finland using education sector as a case to see how the national strategy is translated into specific policies. We investigated how the Government office is using foresight (Finland’s Futures Research centre) to formulate the strategic objectives, how these include policy experiment and other ways of policy development (Demos Helsinki). In addition general overview of the Finland education sector and policy was provided including how this is affected by government-wide strategy (Finnish National Agency for Education) and how this links to the street-level services (School visit).

Documents from the study visit

(some documents to be added when received from our Finnish hosts)

Main outputs



10:00 – 12:00
Finnish National Agency for Education
Venue: Hakaniemenranta 6, Helsinki
Mrs. Anneli Rautiainen (Head of Innovation Unit) – General overview of the education sector and policy in Finland

13:30 – 17:00
Demos Helsinki
Venue: Mechelininkatu 3d, Helsinki

Demos blog about our visit.


9:00 – 12:00
Finnish Government Office
Venue: Government Palace, Snellmaninkatu 1 A, Meeting Room Konselji
Mrs. Sirpa Kekkonen, Mr. Jouni Varanka (Head of Government Strategy Secretariat), Ms. Ira Alanko (Policy-Analysis Unit)
General briefing: The role of the Finnish Prime Minister’s Office, Policy-Analysisi unit and the Government Strategy Secretariat
Deepening understanding of the Finnish Governemnt’s Strategy management system – Going through specific question 
OHRA-project and current situation
Experimentation and foresight
Key challenges for the Future and setting up a new development project

13:00 – 16:00
Finland Futures Research Centre
Venue: Government Palace, Snellmaninkatu 1 A, Meeting Room Konselji
Juha Kaskinen, Director of Finland Futures Research Centre. University of Turku – The role of foresight in strategic management.


9:00 – 14:00
School visit - Etelä-Tapiolan lukio, General Upper Secondary School 
Venue: Ahertajantie 5, 02100 Espoo