The research conducted at the Finnish Centre for Pensions exceeds the national average. In general, the scientific quality of the research is impressive and the research achieves the set goals. The external assessment was commissioned in order to improve operations before the beginning of the next research period.
The nature of some of the research conducted at the Finnish Centre for Pensions is such that it could contribute to the scientific discussion on international pension policy.
This point is made by the evaluators of the research operations of the Finnish Centre for Pensions: Olli Kangas, Research Professor at Kela, Jukka Pirttilä, Professor of Economics at the University of Tampere, and Jussi Simpura, Research Professor at the National Institute for Health and Welfare.
“We commissioned an objective, external evaluation of our research operations in order to improve our research operations,” explains Director Mikko Kautto, who is in charge of the research operations at the Finnish Centre for Pensions.
The research programme for the five-year period 2010-2014 will come to an end at the end of this year. In line with the strategy of the Finnish Centre for Pensions, the research programme has supported and produced information for pension policy decision-making. The research data has been widely used in the assessment of successful pension policy.
The research programme has focused on three areas: working lives and retirement, sustainable pension financing, and adequate pension provision. According to the evaluators, the research programme has successfully steered the selection of research topics and guided the scientific quality of the research operations.
The relevance of the research programme is evident, in particular, in the preparatory work and follow-up of the ongoing extensive reforms of the earnings-related pension system and the concrete individual improvement endeavors.
In addition to the productivity and the relevance of the research programme, the external evaluators acknowledged the service capacity of the Finnish Centre for Pensions and, in particular, the excellent availability of research publications in electronic form.
The evaluation provides an excellent tool for Susan Kuivalainen, Head of the Research Department, in the planning of the research programme of the Finnish Centre for Pensions for the next five years (2015-2019).