Strategy and performance targets
In fulfilling its basic societal task, the Ministry of Justice adheres to a high level of ethics and the common values of the central government, which are built on the principle of the democratic rule of law and the fundamental values of the Nordic welfare society.
The strategy of the Ministry of Justice defines the Ministry's vision, basic task, societal impact targets, operational performance targets, and targets related to human resources and finances. The performance target document defines the Ministry's measures to achieve these targets in a manner that takes the changes in the operating environment and the relevant government policies into account.
The performance targets and resources for the Ministry’s departments and the Management Support and Core Services, which is outside the departmental division, are negotiated and agreed upon between the Permanent Secretary, the departments and the Management Support and Core Services for four years at a time. In their internal performance management process, the departments of the Ministry and the Management Support and Core Services take measures to ensure that the targets set in the performance target document are achieved by each department, unit and public official.
The targets, measures and resources are reviewed annually, as necessary. The achievement of the targets set for the activities of the Ministry of Justice is assessed in the annual report that is part of the Ministry’s financial statements. Preliminary reporting takes place already in the half-yearly report to be drawn up in August, which includes an assessment of the foreseeable changes and risks in the operating environment and the means to manage them.
Performance targets for the agencies in the Ministry’s administrative branch are agreed upon in the performance target negotiations conducted between the departments of the Ministry and the agencies concerned. The performance targets for the administrative branch are based on the policies already adopted by the Minister during the preparation of the budget, and they are confirmed by the Permanent Secretary on presentation of the Director General of the Department for Administration and Oversight.