Position of trust and investigations

Funka is often been assigned to positions of trust of strategic and normative importance, at a national and European level. Our excellence, long practical experience and our close relationship with the disability organisations ensures that we can further the development with constructive solutions and innovative suggestions.

Not all of our government assignments are made public, but below you’ll find a compilation of the projects, studies and investigations that have been published.

Our Position of Trust

  • Investigation of digital tools for increased citizen dialogue

    Funka will investigate how digital tools can be used for citizen engagement in Norwegian municipalities. It is the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation who gave us the assignment.
  • Norway monitors accessibility of ATMs and vending machines

    The Norwegian discrimination and accessibility legislation covers not only websites but also all sorts of kiosks. The government starts monitoring ATMs and vending machines and at the same time the guidelines with text and illustrations, which Funka has developed on behalf of the supervision authority Difi, are published.
  • Funka develops recommendations for a monitoring methodology on web accessibility for the European Commission

    On behalf of the European Commission, Funka is developing recommendations for a monitoring methodology for web accessibility. The aim is to have a common method across Europe if and when legislation comes true.
  • Funka appointed as G3ict/IAAP joint Representative to the European Union

    The leading organisations for global development of ICT accessibility moves on. Funka will support the coordination in the EU.
  • Funka in Web Accessibility Directive Expert Group

    In order to give the EU Commission support during the transitional period when Member States are to harmonize their national legislation on web accessibility to comply with new EU regulations, an expert group has been appointed. Funka's Susanna Laurin is one of the experts chosen for the assignment.
  • Funka investigates technology for text-to-speech

    The Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority has tasked Funka with surveying what technical solutions there are on the market for text-to-speech functionality for television broadcasts. We will also survey how users experience the different solutions and what costs they incur.
  • Funka investigates digital barriers in Norway

    The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs has assigned Funka and Implement Consulting Group to survey digital barriers for persons with disabilities in the Norwegian labour market, and come up with proposals for solutions.
  • Norway investigates extension of anti-discrimination legislation

    On behalf of the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment, Difi, Funka and Oslo Economics have investigated the effects of including education into the anti-discrimination legislation on accessible ICT.
  • Irish research assignment on certification possibilities in universal design

    On behalf of the National Disability Authority in Ireland, Funka will investigate possibilities for certification in universal design for Irish IT professionals.
  • New take to examine web accessibility at EU-level

    On behalf of the Irish National Disability Authority, Funka has performed a large study on web accessibility in seven European countries. The study was made during Irelands chairmanship of the EU, but has been published recently.
  • European Commission publishes Funka's study on web accessibility

    The extensive assignment Funka has done on behalf of the European Commission, to develop methodology and indicators and performing the actual tests of websites on e-accessibility in all EU member states plus Norway,
  • Difi chooses Funka to develop indicators

    The Agency for Public Management and eGovernment, Difi, is the Norwegian public authority responsible for supervising regulations on accessibility in IT. In the important work of developing indicators and measuring methodology to follow up the
  • Difi chooses Funka to develop guidelines

    For the Norwegian authority Difi, with responsibility for information accessibility, Funka has developed the contents of a web page with guidance texts, illustrations, examples and checklists to help purchasers, developers and site owners to comply with the regulation on accessibility in ICT. Funka was also responsible for the preparation and scope. The first round was conducted on direct request from Difi.
  • Funka acts as experts to interpret the Norwegian Discrimination and Accessibility Act

    Funka was assigned to act as experts by the Norwegian Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombudsman when for the first time someone filed a charge that a web solution breached the Norwegian Discrimination and Accessibility Act.
  • Funka awarded strategic assignment for the Finnish government

    To support the Ministry of Finance in transposing the European Web Accessibility Directive into Finnish legislation, Funka has been assigned to make a comparative study of ongoing efforts.
  • Situation analysis on how services of public sector websites in Sweden comply with WCAG 2.0 AA

    Funka has on behalf of, and with funding from, the Swedish Government’s Userforum, conducted a situation analysis on how services of public sector websites comply with WCAG 2.0. This is for the Swedish government to be able to assess how Sweden
  • Measuring Progress of e-Accessibility in Europe

    Funka has been assigned to collect data and act as technical expert in the field of digital information accessibility in Sweden during 2010 and 2011, in a project funded by the European Commission.
  • Accessibility in social media

    Funka held a seminar and presented a study on the accessibility in social media. The study, consisting of surveys and user testing, is funded by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency. It has been supplemented with survey questions to Swedish authorities
  • Funka’s translation of WCAG 2.0 on behalf of W3C

    On behalf of the W3C and with funding from the Internet Infrastructure Foundation, responsible for the Swedish top-level domain .SE, Funka has completed an authorised translation of WCAG 2.0 into Swedish. In the reference group there were representatives
  • Funka trains IT suppliers

    Funka has been assigned by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency to develop, conduct and document a series of training sessions in accessibility for IT suppliers. In part it is a foundation course for everyone involved in IT delivery for the public
  • Funka examines online banks

    On behalf of the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency, Funka has examined and tested the five major Swedish banks from an accessibility perspective. In the examination we have tested the login procedure and to perform banking services,
  • What economic effects does accessibility work provide in the EU member states?

    On behalf of the EC, Funka has acted as a national expert in Sweden to produce a cost-benefit analysis on working with web accessibility. The assignment includes, if it’s possible, to demonstrate examples on how websites are used before and after efforts have been made regarding accessibility.
  • Political parties excludes persons with disabilities

    Before the general election, Funka has conducted a review of accessibility on websites of Sweden’s main political parties. The parties are a long way from meeting the requirements; only two of them even comply with half the tests we’ve performed. Funka’s review has generated quite a lot of media attention.
  • Accessibility review of parliamentary parties’ websites

    Funka has, on our own initiative, conducted reviews of websites of Sweden’s main political parties. Especially during election years these reviews tend to generate media attention. In the election year of 2010, we find that not much positive has happened since we completed our last survey.
  • Inaccessible PDFs

    Funka has, on our own initiative, conducted a audit on how seven Swedish public authorities are using the Pdf-format. Many still publish inaccessible pdf-files, despite having a reasonably accessible website. This is a democratic problem since the information in the pdf-files often is important. The authorities we investigated are: the Government Offices of Sweden, the Swedish Parliament, the Swedish Public Employment Service, the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, The Swedish Social Insurance Agency, the Swedish Tax Agency, and the National Board of Student Aid.
  • Opinion poll on young people’s attitudes

    On behalf of the European Patients Forum, Funka has conducted interviews about the outlook on life of adolescents with disabilities. Funka interviewed persons with a regular and lifelong contact with healthcare on how they experience their everyday life.
  • Funka examines e-learning systems

    Funka was commissioned by the Swedish National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools, SPSM, to examine the major learning management systems, LMS, on the Swedish market. The result was mixed, and partially quite disappointing.
  • What country is the most accessible in the EU?

    Funka has on behalf of Handisam, a forerunner to the Swedish Agency for Participation, and the Funka Foundation, have executed an audit of government- and parliamentary websites in EU member states. With expert review and user testing we’ve examined how well the websites meet the requirements in relation to a number of indicators in WCAG.
  • Does easy-to-read work on websites?

    In 2006, and on our own initiative, Funka conducted an investigation to find out more about how so called easy-to-read work on websites. Through user testing, interviews and expert evaluation, we found that many of those who experience difficulties in perveiving information are not helped by easy-to-read on websites.
  • Evaluation of current IT services and survey of future needs

    On behalf of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, Funka has charted the benefits and use of assistive technology and conducted a comparative evaluation of the services and experimental projects for persons with disabilities that are procured. A lack of coordination and the need for standardisation are some of the results.