Mission and vision
Demographic changes in the population and the economic crisis are putting pressure on the financing of the welfare state. At the same time, there is a widespread expectation that the quality of the health and welfare services should be maintained or improved. Thus, there is a great need to reorganize and streamline the public sector to make it more efficient.
The ambition of providing better quality without increasing costs will have a strong bearing on KORA’s activities in the years to come. Through analysis and research, KORA is required to support municipalities and regions in their endeavours to reform the delivery of public services, e.g. by collecting and systematizing the experiences of regions and municipalities with regard to both efficiency and quality.
KORA’s mission is mandated by the Act on a Danish Institute for Local and Regional Government Research. According to this act, KORA is to promote quality development, better use of resources and better management in the public sector.
KORA is an independent institute which is to uphold and promote the ethics of science. To accomplish this mission, KORA is to work with the issues that are relevant to providers of health and welfare services in the public sector.
More specifically, KORA is to carry out its overall mission by:
- providing application-oriented and practice-oriented knowledge for and about municipalities and regions
- producing analyses and research in welfare and health with particular focus on the sectors and tasks that municipalities and regions are concerned with
- establishing a knowledge base that contributes to local and regional development and the implementation of the best possible solutions to current and future challenges
- assisting and advising policy makers to enable them to make evidence-based decisions on the future development of the public sector
- fulfilling the role of an independent national knowledge and learning centre with regard to welfare and health tasks in the public sector.
To provide application-oriented and practice-oriented knowledge for and about municipalities and regions, KORA’s analysis and research must be relevant, current and of a high professional standard. This requires KORA to be at the forefront of analysis of socio-economic development.
To produce analysis and research on the welfare and health areas with a special focus on the sectors and tasks that municipalities and regions are concerned with, KORA must possess extensive sector knowledge and engage in ongoing dialogue with central stockholders.
In order to establish a knowledge base that assists local and regional authorities in developing and implementing the best possible solutions to current and future challenges, KORA must have strong academic environments in both quantitative and qualitative methods, and there must be a strong focus on implementation in all phases of a project.
To assist and advise public policy makers, allowing them to make decisions on the development of the public sector on an evidence-based foundation, KORA must have a strong focus on measuring and evaluating the impact of specific efforts in the public sector.
To fulfil the role as an independent national knowledge and learning centre in relation to welfare and health tasks in the public sector, KORA must be the preferred provider of analysis and research for many different stakeholders. Moreover, KORA must carry out research projects at a high international level, leading to publication in esteemed peer-reviewed journals.
KORA is to be the leading institution in Denmark in terms of analysis and application-oriented research on quality development, better use of resources and better management in the public sector. At its present size, KORA is also sufficiently large to place itself in that position.
As a new institution, KORA will be affected by the start-up phase for the first few years. KORA’s vision will therefore be realized in stages.
During the first three years, KORA is to:
- become considered as an indispensable provider of public sector analysis and research in the health and welfare fields
- become known and recognised for high quality and extensive sector knowledge in the health and welfare fields
- become known and recognised for making a special effort to disseminate and implement the best solutions to ensure quality and efficiency in regional and local service provision.
By 2020, KORA is to:
- be the most recognised supplier to the public sector of analysis and research in the health and welfare areas
- be the most recognised source in the public sector of knowledge regarding better solutions to ensure quality and efficiency in regions and municipalities
- be recognized for having contributed significantly to finding new and better solutions for service delivery in municipalities and regions.