Policy trials and pilots invariably have an objective that is tested on a limited group of people and in a given context, it has a clear beginning and end, and it generates new information that can be used in other decision-making contexts. Experimenting makes it possible to anticipate and test the usefulness of the measures before they are introduced into broader use. If a new way of doing something fails to work in the pilot stage, that in itself is a result. A good pilot serves its purpose well by for example improving services and bringing cost savings.
Better Results with Guide for Mentors!
In a world full of complex challenges, solutions born on the designer’s table alone will not work. That is why we increasingly need to take swift action – developing by experimenting. To make the most out of the experiments we need also supporters of experiments. For them we have published a guide called "How to support experiments - a guide for the mentors".
Guide for Drafters of Legislation Enabling Experimentation Projects in Society
An increasing number of experimentation projects of different kinds have been carried out in Finland in recent times for the purpose of obtaining reliable and accurate information for decision-making concerning more permanent solutions.
When such experimental schemes, trials and pilots are being planned, it is essential to remember that public authorities must not deviate from the requirements of the law in any of their activities or other exercise of public power, even for the purpose of experimentation, unless this is provided by law. Experimentation projects will often also have implications for equality, which is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Constitution.
This guide contains information for law drafters on the legal aspects that need to be taken into consideration when drafting legislation enabling experimentation projects. The information is based in part on the practices of the Constitutional Law Committee of Parliament.