A report on STEA-assisted RDI activities has been published. According to the study, the RDI activities of social and health sector organisations are very development-oriented. The organisations co-operate in a variety of ways with various actors, while much of this RDI activity takes place in a cooperative context. The key challenges for organisations in relation to these RDI activities relate to resourcing and competence. Grants awarded by STEA to these social and health sector organisations are often a basic condition enabling them to engage in RDI activity.
The aim of the study was to improve understanding of the RDI activities of social and health organisations and to describe the role of organisations and STEA funding as a core element facilitating this type of activity. The research material consisted of 21 selected STEA-funded operators and projects for the case study in sote-type organisations in addition to a questionnaire which was sent to all 1,863 organisations that had applied for a STEA grant for 2020.
The report presents development recommendations for organisations, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, STEA and for national innovation policy actors more generally. Sote-relate organisations need to make their RDI activities more visible whilst also being more strongly integrated into the Finnish research and innovation system in order to better facilitate social and health care reform. In addition, they need also to strengthen networking in the RDI field with other organisations and partners and to develop a robust plan to provide long-term support for RDI. The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health and STEA must support these RDI activities and outline them in their documents. It is important for national innovation policy that the role of social organisations be identified and taken into account in innovation policy at both the national and regional levels, and that that role be strengthened as part of any future social and health care reform.
The study was carried out by MDI in collaboration with NHG Consulting and commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.