MDI carried out external evaluation of the regional development programs in Northern Finland regions – Kainuu, Lapland, Central and Northern Ostrobothnia. The evaluation was carried out during autumn 2016 and it focused on the effectiveness and functionality of the regional development program and entire regional development system. The main objective of the evaluation was to examine the impact and the results of each regional development program and the factors that contributed to or hampered the development. MDI also made suggestions how impact and effectiveness of regional development program and performance of regional development system could be improved in every region. In addition, the work drew attention to the regional foresight and resilience, as well as promotion of low carbon economy. The data was collected through document analysis, questionnaires, interviews and a workshop in each region.