Performance evaluation of health and social services

We evaluate the availability of health and social services every other year. With this evaluation, we monitor, enforce and evaluate whether services are equally available everywhere in the country. We also look at regional differences in the availability of services.

The details of which things we examine in health and social services vary from one evaluation to the next. We collect information for these evaluations for instance with questionnaires that we send to local authorities. We use the evaluation findings to make suggestions about how to improve the services. 

Evaluating health and social services is a statutory duty of the Regional State Administrative Agency. The first evaluation was completed in 1996. Since 2013, we have been conducting evaluations every other year.

The 2019 evaluation

The most recent evaluation of health and social services was conducted in 2019 and published in June 2020. There were nine items that were evaluated:

  • children communicating in sign language and children of deaf adults (CODA) in early childhood education and care and preschool
  • teaching in municipalities for children on child welfare placements
  • availability and resources of cultural services of local government
  • usability, accessibility and appropriateness of library facilities
  • physical accessibility of sports facilities 
  • sufficiency of local government services for adolescents
  • availability of veterinary services
  • availability of veterinary services (on call)
  • availability of monitoring of the health and wellbeing of animals
  • rapid response by rescue services.