Supporting the Health, Social Services and Regional Government Reform

The prospective health, social services and regional government reform was designed to be one of the biggest ever administrative and operational overhauls in Finland. The aim was to transfer the organisation of health care and social services as well as a number of other regional services to the newly created counties. In 2017-2018 MDI had the honour of researching the implementation of the reform in three projects (part of Government’s analysis, assessment and research activities) with our partners NHG Consulting, Frisky & Anjoy and Tempo Economics. MDI led two of the three projects: SMUUTO that focused on assessing the implementation of the reform (e.g. best practices and critical points) and SOMAYRTTI which studied the collaboration structures, interfaces and operating models. NHG Consulting led the third project, MOHJU which focused on steering models between different actors. All of the projects aimed at collecting and analysing current data in support of the reform and in sparring the actors. MDI was responsible for the regional government reform part and for data collection. The SOMAYRTTI project was concluded at the end of 2017, MOHJU in March 2018 and SMUUTO at the end of 2018. Both MDI-led projects have produced research reports. Press release s and reports are available here (in Finnish).