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Training regional administration in open government principles (FI0029)



Action Plan: Finland National Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Active


Lead Institution: NA

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Finland Design Report 2017–2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: No

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Updating the open government principles in co-operation to also cover the regional administration actors. The material from the open government support package is used in the training as is also especially the experiences and practices of the region’s municipalities.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

7. Organising training to actors of the regional administration about open government principles and ways of working.


Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

“Updating the open government principles in co-operation to also cover the regional administration actors.

The material from the open government support package is used in the training as is also especially the experiences and practices of the region’s municipalities.”[Note : Finland National Action Plan 2017-2019 (in English),

Start Date: N/A

End Date: N/A

Context and Objectives

This commitment seeks to provide regional authorities with information and ways of working for improving participation and influencing opportunities for citizens and making these opportunities user friendly. The commitment seeks to expand principles of open government to cover new administrative structures created by the Regional Government, Health and Social Services Reform. The training package on these issues is organised by the Association of Local and Regional Authorities from March 2018 to December 2019.[Note : Avoin hallinto -uutiskirje/Kesäkuu 2018 This commitment aims to make use of the best practices and results documented in the open government support package.

The commitment aims to ensure inclusion of regional actors in open government once the regional reform has been implemented. It concerns the inner workings of the government and lacks a public-facing element. Overall, the commitment is not directly relevant to OGP values, as it does not elaborate on the goals of open government cooperation or the training. Therefore, as written, it is unclear what the potential impact this commitment could have in terms of opening government practice.

Next steps

The IRM researcher recommends either not carrying the commitment forward or increasing the ambition of the commitment by using any new regional administrative structures as a flagship for OGP values and activities.[Note : Minna Sirnö, Head of Arts Promotion Centre Finland, consultation 3.3.2017, p. 24, The ways of working of the regional administration could be based on and mounted to OGP values. If the commitment is carried forward, the government could ensure that it has a clear public-facing element along with specific measurements and milestones that are relevant to OGP values.

Finland's Commitments

  1. Supporting everyone’s possibility to participate.

    FI0023, 2017, E-Government

  2. Clear government reforms and services

    FI0024, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  3. Access to information on incorporated public services

    FI0025, 2017, Fiscal Transparency

  4. Access to information knowledge in the public administration

    FI0026, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Publishing state procurement data to citizens

    FI0027, 2017, E-Government

  6. Regional Reform information

    FI0028, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport

  7. Training regional administration in open government principles

    FI0029, 2017, Capacity Building

  8. Clear administration

    FI0019, 2015, E-Government

  9. Government as an enabler

    FI0020, 2015, E-Government

  10. Open Procedures

    FI0021, 2015, E-Government

  11. Engage Children, Youth, Elderly

    FI0022, 2015, Public Participation

  12. Enhancing the openness of preparatory processes

    FI0001, 2013, E-Government

  13. Emphasizing dialogue skills in the job descriptions of civil servants

    FI0002, 2013, Capacity Building

  14. Strengthening proactive publishing and communication

    FI0003, 2013, Capacity Building

  15. Promoting participatory budgeting

    FI0004, 2013, Participation in Budget Processes

  16. Increasing openness and customer orientation in ICT and e-services development

    FI0005, 2013, E-Government

  17. Increasing the number of open and online meetings

    FI0006, 2013, E-Government

  18. Standard language titles and resumes will be drafted of the Government proposals.

    FI0007, 2013, Capacity Building

  19. Visualization of decisions

    FI0008, 2013, E-Government

  20. Training will be organised for civil servants in use of clear language and plain language in- cluding committing to use of terms already known.

    FI0009, 2013, Capacity Building

  21. The comprehensibility of the texts produced by public administration will be tested to- gether with citizens and service users.

    FI0010, 2013, Capacity Building

  22. Standardizing and clarifying the terms and concepts used in public administration and ser- vice production.

    FI0011, 2013, Capacity Building

  23. The comprehensibility of customer letters and decisions will be enhanced, especially when using standard texts.

    FI0012, 2013, Capacity Building

  24. Opening and publishing new data and changing existing open data into a machine- readable form.

    FI0013, 2013, Open Data

  25. Clear terms for use of for open data and knowledge

    FI0014, 2013, Open Data

  26. Strengthening skills needed to understand combining privacy and open data and strength- ening the citizen’s right to his/her own personal information “the right to be anonymous”

    FI0015, 2013, Capacity Building

  27. Tearing down barriers of action of the civil society

    FI0016, 2013, Capacity Building

  28. The proactive presence and accessibility of civil servants

    FI0017, 2013, Capacity Building

  29. Providing tools and training to organizations

    FI0018, 2013, Capacity Building