Design for Government course 2015

In the academic year 2014 – 2015, projects for Design for Government were commissioned by the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

Final presentations were shown on May 26, 2015, at Säätytalo.
Link to overview and videos of final presentations

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The presentations respond to the commissioned project briefs.
Here are the project briefs:

 

Project Piazza by the Prime Minister’s Office

Where are we now?

Finnish government is in need of a platform where information about RDI (research, development and innovation) projects can be stored and searched easily by decision-makers, by researchers, funding organisations. It is recognised, for example, that policymakers need to have access to the most recent research findings in order to make informed decisions 24/7 e.g. “Who’s the best expert on ‘circular economy’ in Finland among researchers and activists at 1:00 in the morning?”

Image courtesy: www.hankegalleria.fi

Image courtesy: www.hankegalleria.fi

The platform may include an advanced version of Hankegalleria, a service provided by Tekes for their built-environment projects. The original model of Hankegalleria was based on the visual music exploration service, Hitlantis and intended for a more visual and interactive way of providing basic project data. Yet, it is important to remember the digital platform is not the ultimate goal, rather a part of bigger solution.

Where do we want to be?

The Prime Minister’s Office (VNK) wants to have a transparent and straightforward platform for collecting and sharing project information, that is accessible by anyone. That includes a functional, easy to use and attractive platform that attracts both the producers (researchers, project leaders, think tanks) and the audience (policy makers, funding organisations, journalists) of RDI with clear incentives. Also, there is a need for a clear way to communicate the new platform and its benefit to the public sector and government.

How are we going to get there?

By listening to and observing the people potentially engaged with Project Piazza in the future, identifying and mapping out the gatekeepers, and co-creating with a wide variety of stakeholders, which are the reasons we started DfG 2015 with a workshop.

The potential workshop participants include personnel from VNK, Sitra, the Academy of Finland, VTT, the IT Centre for Science, Open Data Finland and more. Isn’t it exciting?

 

Primary Producer’s Notifications by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Where are we now?

The primary producers of food shall notify their activities to several authorities and registers within the administrative sector of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MMM). There are many levels of legislations (EU, national, sector by sector) that govern which information to be notified for food safety, animal health and welfare, and agricultural subsidies.

The producers have to notify much of the same information many times, and those are recorded by the authorities in different information systems. The notification happens both online and offline. Many are on paper and difficult to find, and there is a need to increase the use of electronic services. Currently the forms and the language in them are complicated.

Where do we want to be?

MMM wants to lessen the administrative burden of the producers and enhance the use of the data in and between authorities. They want to have easily accessible e-services as well as reduced number of paper versions with more efficiency. If possible, combining separate notification processes is sought for.

How are we going to get there?

By listening to and observing the people potentially engaged with primary producers, identifying and mapping out the gatekeepers, and co-creating with a wide variety of stakeholders, which are the reasons we started DfG 2015 with a workshop.

The potential workshop participants include the primary producers (farmers, animal keepers, feed producers etc.), personnel from MMM, authorities like Evira, Maaseutuvirasto, Maanmittauslaitos and so on.

 

School Fruits and Vegetables Scheme by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry 

Where are we now?

Children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables is in decline in EU and remains below the recommended daily intake. The diet of children is shifting towards highly processed products, and overweight and obesity are increasing. WHO estimated that every third children between 6 and 9 years old in EU are overweight or obese in 2010, compared to every fourth in 2008.

Schools kids in Finland consumes less fruit and vegetable consumption than the other EU member states. The EU-wide voluntary School Fruit Scheme (SFVS) provides school children with fruits and vegetables for a sustained, healthy eating habits. With a well-working School Milk Scheme, however, Finland hasn’t been participating in SFVS so far. It has been speculated that the heavy administrative costs might be a one reason.

Photo by Seungho Lee

Photo by Seungho Lee

Where do we want to be?

MMM wants a boosted consumption of fruit and vegetables in the long term and instilling healthy eating habits through education. An efficient SFVS is sought for through clear targeting for maximum impact and more cost-effective distribution.

MMM wants to understand why Finland has not been participating in SFVS previously, and wants to have clear strategies for educational and awareness-raising initiatives for an increased fruit and vegetable consumption through enhanced experience among school children with SFVS.

Further, MMM wants promote consumption of Finnish fruits and vegetables in the long term, which might encourage some actors though it may not be an efficient short term goal. Also, strengthened links are sought for between schoolchildren and farming, farmers and the various types of food they produce.

How are we going to get there?

By observing and listening to the people potentially engaged with SFVS in the future, identifying and mapping out the gatekeepers and co-creating with them, and producing different options and verifying them in terms of strength, weakness, opportunities and threats, which are the reasons we started DfG 2015 with a workshop.

The potential workshop participants include the personnel from MMM, the Agency for Rural Affairs MAVI, the Ministry of Social Affairs & Health, the Ministry of Education & Culture, the Finnish National Board of Education, the departments in municipalities that make purchase decisions for school kids, Horticultural Association and Finnish Horticultural Products Society.