Constructive interaction as a factor supporting well-being

MDI evaluated “The constructive interaction in support of mental health” -training and development project. The project was managed by Suomen Moniääniset ry and financed by the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA). The partners of the project were Kokemus- ja vertaistoimijat ry from Seinäjoki and The Finnish Central Association for Mental Health.

The goal of the project was to develop the interaction and emotional skills of the various mental health actors operating in the non-profit organisation segment of this sector. In the external evaluation three international instruments, measuring the quality of life, were used: EuroHIS-8, WHOQOL-BREF and RAND-36.

Based on the external evaluation, the training received an average score of 8.2 on a scale of 1-10 for its usefulness from the participants. The results also suggest that changes have occurred in the participant’s abilities and practices across all areas covered by the training. Participants experienced positive developments in terms of their resources, socio-emotional, socio-cognitive and social skills, attachment relationships and involvement, as well as self-image, self-esteem, expectations and beliefs.

The participants’ perceived quality of life, self-knowledge and social and emotional skills also improved during the training period.

The need for medical or other treatment and the feelings of insecurity caused by the affliction also decreased. The results are good because the participants had also experienced challenging situations in their lives during childhood, adolescence and adulthood.

“The constructive interaction in support of mental health” -training showed that by learning constructive interaction, it was possible to increase the perceived well-being of mental health rehabilitators, experts by experience and organisation employees who were involved in the activities of partner organisations.

Structures and attitudes slow the development of women’s knowledge work in rural areas

In Finland, women’s knowledge work is strongly centred in urban areas. In rural areas, the importance of the education sector in women’s knowledge work has been significantly emphasised, but at the same time, the centralisation of education provision reduces the number of such jobs available in rural areas. The results of the UUTTU-project, announced on June 17th 2022, state that the promotion of women’s knowledge work in rural areas requires the further development of the rural workplace structure, addressing the challenges of careers and identifying women-specific issues. In the research project, the factors promoting and hindering the opportunities of new work in rural areas were studied from the women’s point of view.

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MDI analysed the effectiveness of Ylä-Savo Veturi’s programme period 2014–2020 – The unifying factor was the diversity of influences

MDI carried out an impact study by order of the development company Ylä-Savo Veturi ry. In the study, the results, effects and effectiveness of the projects that received a decision during the programming period 2014–2020, were investigated along with their significance for the region’s vitality. In addition, the study examined the factors and mechanisms affecting successful implementation, as well as the importance of the projects in terms of the applicants’ own activities.

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Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and the circular economy in the municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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