Annual report 2019


2019 in a nutshell


Survey on child impact assessments

The survey examined the current state and development needs of child impact assessments in statute drafting and political decision-making in the government and municipalities.

International survey on child strategies and child impact assessments

The objective was to examine what kind of child strategies the comparison countries have, how they have been drafted, and how they are implemented. The aim was to identify practices and lessons that Finland could utilise.

Cooperation projects

Digitalisation of the Child-Friendly Cities model

Itla supports the digitalisation of UNICEF’s Child-Friendly Cities model. Digitalisation improves the utilisation of the model in municipalities and increases, for example, children’s and adolescents’ participation possibilities and strengthens child impact assessments.

Strengthening children’s and adolescents’ participation with the help of a collective impact model

Itla Children’s Foundation and Lastenmaailma ry launched a cooperation project where they experiment with and analyse the applicability of the Collective Impact approach in the inclusion of children in urban planning.

Children SIB

Tampere University and Itla signed a cooperation agreement to produce information about the changes made by Social Impact Bonds (SIB) in the operation of cities. The survey includes opinions from actors about the impact of the SIB operating model on the city’s operations. It also highlights barriers and opportunities for applying the SIB model.

What can we do about the increase in adolescents’ emergency placements?

Itla and the National Institute for Health and Welfare started a survey regarding the working methods of adolescent foster care. By May 2020, the survey will highlight the methods that have been developed for demanding situations and what kind of methods seem to make an impact.

Itla established a national foresight network for child and family policy

What will our world look like in 20 years? What does it mean for the living environment of children and families? What kind of competence should we strengthen in our society to increase the future well-being of children, adolescents, and families? The national foresight network for child and family policy that Itla coordinates forecasts the future, especially in terms of children and families with children.


Childhood Builders — a place of future action for leaders

The Childhood Builders leadership training began in early 2020. It provides a platform for future work with multiple perspectives where new ideas can be tested, refined, and implemented in practice together and alone. The training was planned in 2019.


Jakkara award to Turku

Itla’s Early Intervention editorial team granted the 2019 Jakkara award to a joint operating model of the school health care in the City of Turku and Adolescent Psychiatry at Turku University Hospital, which promotes an evidence-based working method and provides help for adolescents with mental health problems at school.

Kaakkuri pilot was awarded as the best Finnish “Icelandic model”

First place in Itla’s challenge competition went to the City of Oulu’s Kaakkuri pilot. The Kaakkuri model’s purpose is to organise free time activities for children and adolescents with a new kind of cooperation based on the children’s and families’ needs. In addition, the model includes family-specific collective activities for times when a child and family need multidisciplinary support. The model is based on the Let’s Talk about Children service model and is combined with research as one way of solving problems.


Two sponsored professorships for the area of interventions and implementation research

The professorships were sponsored to the University of Turku and the University of Oulu, which will appoint the professors during spring 2020. The sponsored professorships are related to cooperation in terms of both knowledge and innovation.

Method home base activities

The distribution of evidence-based methods continued

Early Intervention work continued in 2019. The work covers the assessment and distribution of psychosocial methods. The foundation distributes methods that we have strong or moderate evidence of and that respond to key public health challenges. Itla has been distributing the methods in cooperation with Mieli ry. In addition, the management of child and family services has been offered implementation support as part of the Programme to Address Reform in Child and Family Services in five separate events during 2019.