Government strategic pilot studies

Basic income

Designated minister: Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health

Execution: 2017-2018

Objective: To test whether a basic income can help reduce income poverty, marginalisation, red tape in social benefits and taxation, and find incentives for work in a way that is sustainable for public finances.
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Digital municipality trial

Designated minister: Anu Vehviläinen, Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms 

Execution: by December 2018

Objective: To promote open-minded, forward-looking development of procedures and service procedures in local government to improve the wellbeing of citizens. The trials serve to generate evidence-based savings and/or curb expenditure growth in local government by exploiting digitalisation.

Local government trials

Designated minister: Anu Vehviläinen, Minister of Local Government and Public Reforms

Execution: Completed

Objective: To reduce local government duties and obligations. This range of trials and pilots includes trials about an integrated model for wellbeing, about educational services, about the supervision of local government activities, about housing services, about cooperation between local authorities and the Social Insurance Institution and about the youth guarantee.

Language trials

Designated minister: Sanni Grahn-Laasonen, Minister of Education and Culture

Objective: To increase and diversify language studies. Launch a regional experiment whereby language studies start in the first year of school, and enable regional testing to broaden the range of language studies.

Service voucher system

Designated ministers: Pirkko Mattila, Minister of Social Affairs and Health and Annika Saarikko, Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services

Execution: 2017-2018

Objective: A service voucher system trial will be carried out so that it can produce information in support of the forthcoming freedom of choice model and for law drafting purposes. Within the parameters of the Service Voucher Act (569/2009), the aim is to carry out trials of the kind outlined by the Government on the use of service vouchers involving the selection of providers who offer larger sets of services in different municipalities, joint municipal authorities and their mergers.  Multi-source funding does not fall within the scope of these pilots and trials. On the basis of the trials, the best procedures will be evaluated and the experiences will be used to develop legislation governing the freedom of choice. All service providers in health and social services will be placed on the same footing and participation by SMEs and third sector actors in the provision of services will be ensured. Producers will not compete based on price, they will all receive the same payment for basic services. Another aim is to create national e-Services that makes it possible to search service providers and compare them and to develop ICT solutions that support the freedom of choice.

Regional trials in employment and business services

Designated minister: Minister of Justice and Employment Jari Lindström

Execution: 2017-2018

Objective: One of the Government's key projects is to reform of employment service activities to support employment. A number of regional trials and experiments will be carried out during 2017–2018 to put in place comprehensive inter-administrative and customer-oriented procedures for employment and business services. The trials pave the way for 2019, when the counties take responsibity for organising employment and business services.