Final Sprint in the Evaluation of Regional Programmes of Northern Finland

During the latter part of summer and early autumn, MDI has been busy with thoroughly studying regional programmes of four regions in Northern Finland (Kainuu, Central Ostrobothnia, Lapland and Oulu region). Of especial interest have been the preparation process and impacts of the programmes. Based on a compact document analysis MDI has carried out an online survey for developers and decision-makers in all regions. The survey gathered a large number of insights from the stakeholders concerning results and impacts of the programmes. Alongside with the survey, MDI has also interviewed nearly 30 experts in four regions. The inteviews dug out particular success stories and development objects in the programme implementation. Next week (week 39) MDI organises evaluation workshops in each region to further elaborate the preliminary findings of the evaluation. The regional councils have requested MDI to roast and challenge participants in order to find necessary development tasks for the future. The whole process culminates in the joint evaluation session for the regions to be held later in October in Luosto skiing resort in Lapland.