OECD Public Governance Reviews: Estonia and Finland

Fostering Strategic Capacity across Governments and Digital Services across Borders

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This publication examines public governance arrangements in Finland and Estonia in two key areas: whole-of-government strategy steering and digital governance. This integrated review reflects the fact that the two countries face common challenges in setting and co-ordinating the implementation of whole-of-government strategies.



Effective implementation of digital government strategies

This chapter examines the ways in which the governments of Estonia and Finland manage the implementation of cross-cutting government IT projects. A particular focus is set on the “business case” approach, which leading OECD countries have adopted as a critical instrument to review, monitor and assess the impact of digital government projects, especially those with high stakes and high risks attached. This chapter highlights co-operation with non-government stakeholders, as well as the availability of adequate skills across the public administration. Skills gaps pose important challenges to digital government in both countries – as in most OECD countries – although they take different forms in Estonia and Finland, which in turn requires different approaches to address them. The chapter concludes with an assessment of implementation issues.


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