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Programme to enhance Kela’s written communications with customers
Kela is undertaking a programme in 2020–2021 to improve the clarity of its written communications with customers. The programme is intended
- to help customers understand the communications they receive without having to contact Kela for help with complicated formulations
- to produce texts that customers view as respectful
- to build awareness of Kela as an open and reliable organisation.
Resources and organisation of the programme
The programme staff consists of five language specialists, a coordinator and an assistant.
The programme is a joint effort with input from all Kela staff members. A programme steering group will help to identify texts that require attention, while benefit specialists will work on the texts together with the language specialists.
The language specialists will also hold training events for Kela staff focusing on language issues and best practices in professional writing.
A systematic and continuous effort
Kela hopes to make language planning and clarification a systematic part of its operations. The idea is to make language planning a permanent part of the process of creating new written customer communications, making it a natural part of the workflow and ensuring the continuity of the efforts to clarify language use. Kela’s translators are responsible for the quality of the texts made available in Swedish and English. A high standard of written communication in Finnish will also make the translators’ work easier.
Jenni Viinikka, Programme Lead, 050 599 3546, firstname.lastname@example.org
More information about the development programme and about language work at Kela
- Selkeää kieltä tarvitaan myös asiakaskohtaamisissa (It’s important to use clear and precise language also when interacting with customers). Blog post by Finnish language specialist Laura Rostén-Jokinen on Sosiaalivakuutus.fi. In Finnish.
- Kielenhuoltajana Kelassa: H(v) = (0,5 x IAT(v-1)/IAT(v-3) + 0,5 x IKH(v-1)/IKH(v-3)) x H(v-2) (Working as a language specialist at Kela). A video recording of a celebratory seminar (Kielen juhlaa 75) held on 1 October 2020, Kotus.fi. In Finnish.
- Virkakielen kehittäminen Kelassa (Better professional writing at Kela). Video recording of a seminar held on 1 April 2020, Kunta.tv. In Finnish.
- Kela julkaisi selkokielisen verkkosivuston (Kela launches a plain-language website). Current information for customers, 15 October 2019. In Finnish.
- Selkeystyötä Kelan hankkeissa vuodesta 2011 (Projects at Kela to improve the clarity of communications since 2011). Information about Kela, 15 October 2014. In Finnish.