Statistics and publications on general education
The Ministry of Education and Culture uses Finnish and international research and statistical data in its work related to general education. Statistics Finland, which is Finland's public authority on statistics, is responsible for all statistical data related to general education.
Finland's National Education Evaluation Centre is responsible for the evaluation of education. Education providers are also obligated to evaluate and participate in the evaluation of their activities.
The Regional State Administrative Agencies are responsible for in-service training of teaching staff, for improving competencies (Osaava programme) and for assessing accessibility to regional basic public services.
The Centres for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment monitor the matching of working life and education, are responsible for short-term regional foresight and participate in medium-term and long-term foresight, which is coordinated by regional councils. The Centres also coordinate European Social Fund (ESF) activities under their mandate.
Education committees monitor, assess and anticipate developments in competencies in education and working life and bring forward initiatives on ways to enhance education content.
Additionally, organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and IEA carry out international comparisons (e.g. Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)).