What is the social mission all about?

The aim of the social mission is to reduce the number of young people who are excluded from education, society and working life. What affects a good upbringing? We as a society need to work purposefully and across sectors to find out more about this. The involved ministries will be the Ministry of Children and Families, the Ministry of Health and Care Services, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Labour and Social Inclusion, the Ministry of Culture and Equality and the Ministry of Education and Research. The Research Council is the secretariat for the social mission. We are hiring an operational group that in 2023 will propose organisation and concrete goals for the social mission from 2024 and beyond. Broad community involvement will be facilitated.

Organisation of the social mission

Executive group

The executive group consists of representatives from DOGA, the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training (Udir), the Norwegian Directorate of Health, the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (AVdir), KS, the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs (BufDir), Kulturtanken and the Research Council of Norway. The group is lead by the Research Council.


Rita Bergersen (leader), Siv Øverås, Kari Tonhild Aune, Camilla Oftebro, Mette Nygård Smith and Siri Hollekim Haaland, all from the Research Council of Norway.

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Messages at time of print 21 April 2024, 17:17 CEST

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