We have contributed to the success of the administrative reform by training the heads of Estonian local governments in the context of mergers
According to the EAS order, we conducted a development program for the heads of local governments in 2015–2016 aimed at increasing the cooperation and management ability of the heads of local governments before the administrative reform and supporting the leaders in facing the changes ahead.
Participants came from all over Estonia, including mayors of large cities, deputy mayors, but also rural municipality mayors and chairmen of municipal councils from small rural municipalities. The 15-day program supported the leaders in making important choices for their region, planning comprehensive development and planning changes. It also helped to find new ways to offer sustainable and high-quality local services.
A part of the program was a study trip to Denmark, where three Danish local governments introduced their success stories and well-functioning solutions to the heads of local governments. Participants also had the opportunity to attend a 2-day workshop on strategy and innovation in services, which was conducted by a Danish expert from the Implement Consulting Group.
At the end of the development program, participants defended a change project that had been implemented/planned in their institution in the course of the training.
Participants considered the following to be the most valuable:
- knowledge gained from the clearer awareness of the leadership role, thinking through key activities and gaining courage and confidence to lead necessary changes;
- innovative out-of-the-box solutions for the development of services (on the example of Denmark);
- emerged learning network and social capital for further cooperation between local governments.
You can also read a brief summary of the project in the leaflet of the Regional Affairs Department of the Ministry of Finance.
A similar program for a new group, which we will carry out, will start in November 2016.