The Future of knowledge use in societal decision-making


Wicked problems and the transformation of the information environment compel us to rethink how knowledge is used in societal decision-making. The improvement of the balance of information supply and demand and the strengthening of the position of scientific knowledge are important goals, but they alone are not enough. A new mindset, new ways of working at the knowledge-policy interface and structures that facilitate these new ways are required.

The perception of decision-making as a process based on knowledge and expertise must be expanded. Decision-making must be able to simultaneously compile diverse knowledge and expertise, increase people’s engagement and make good use of the new opportunities offered by digitisation. Those responsible for preparing decision-making must be familiar with the different approaches to knowledge use and know how to plan knowledge use in a way which best suits each situation.

Well-functioning decision-making in an increasingly multidimensional information environment and an arena of competing values and interests is vital for our future. Although Finland is often considered to be a pioneering country in research, education and good governance, the prevailing ways of using knowledge in decision-making and developing knowledge use are no longer enough for resolving the major challenges ahead of us. Various parties must develop ways of working at the knowledge-policy interface, co-operating more closely with each other, and the strategic weight of developing the interface must be increased in society.

Publication details


The Future of knowledge use in societal decision-making


Eeva Hellström, Hannu-Pekka Ikäheimo, Jyrki Hakapää, Joona Lehtomäki, Milja Saari

Place of publication


Year of publication






ISBN (paperback)

ISBN 978-952-347-143-6


ISBN 978-952-347-144-3


Working paper


Knowledge in decision-making

We need multidisciplinary knowledge in societal decision-making. Knowledge in decision-making topic aims to identify challenges and possibilities in the changing relationship between knowledge and decision-making, try new interactive models of knowledge and decision-making, and help to develop the already existing arenas of knowledge and decision-making.



Have some more.

What's this about?