Courage to Experiment Programme
The goals, benefits and impacts of the Courage to Experiment Programme — A culture of experimentation
- Facilitating the launch and implementation of municipally-led experiments and,
- Benchmarking between municipalities and other parties
- Drawing attention to experimenting in municipalities and making visible the interesting, promising and good practices.
Programme’s benefits and impacts:
- Experimenting will strengthen the role of Finnish municipalities and the entire local government sector in innovating and improving overall efficiency.
- Municipalities will consolidate their reputation as social reformers.
- Crossing interfaces, an essential characteristic of experimenting, in areas larger than a municipality will increase the well-being and vitality of sub-regions and regions.
The Courage to Experiment Programme is based on the Prime Minister Sipilä´s Government Programme and one of its key projects, titled ’A culture of experimentation will be introduced’.
Programme’s projects and activities:
- A network open to everyone interested in experimenting and to other networks
- Story workshops for learning from each other through experimental innovation
- Municipally-led projects that contribute to the success of experiments
- Innovative procurements, agile methods of participation, overall efficiency of experiments, and evaluation methods for experiments
- Using and processing the information gained from research
- ’Courage to Experiment’ network forum and co-operation with other programmes
- ’Ambassadors’ (representatives from municipalities, regions and different interest groups) engaged in developing the programme further.
What do municipalities gain?
Programme’s principles and the Association’s role
- Focus on municipalities, development
- From bottom up
- From outside in
- Openness and multiple channels
- Participants may join groups in different roles and invite others to join
- Open, multi-channel communication, networks
- Agility and a chance to participate
- Experimenting can be fast
- Projects when needed, for example procurements and evaluation, agile means of participation and overall efficiency are coming up
- Processing information and sharing skills
- Questionnaires and other research data in a usable form
- Using national experiments and networking (the new digital municipality experiment)
- Dissemination of and learning from experimental practices
- Different methods
- Also unfinished stories and slip-ups allowed
Read more about Finnish experiments
Here you can find essential information about experiments in Finland and links to our partners' websites.