National development projects and coordination projects to be evaluated by MDI

The evaluation of national development projects and coordination projects within the Rural Development Programme for Mainland Finland 2014–2020 as well as national development projects during the previous programming period is part of the evaluation plan for the current programming period. MDI has been appointed to carry out the evaluation in cooperation with TK-Eval.

The objective for the national project activities is to allocate financial resources into projects, which improve the result-orientation and effectiveness in programme implementation. In addition, the objective is to complement and support the development work and project implementation in the regional level. The rural network supports the implementation of inter-regional projects and coordination of the programme. During the programming period 2014–2020, national development projects have been addressed to e.g. strengthen the expertise in the fields of energy and food industries in the entire country. In addition, this programming period includes national coordination projects aiming at developing the functionality and results of the programme. Some of the contents in the coordination projects are novel, which puts more emphasis on the dissemination of information and best practices. Coordination projects aim at creating networks between projects in a certain field. The selected themes include organic, natural products, local food, green care, energy efficiency, and tourism. There is a huge expectation to see a lot of regional and local business and project activities in these themes.

In the evaluation project, data will be collected in many different ways in order to identify the results and impact of the projects. The evaluation work is ordered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and it is due at the end of 2017.

A sustainable green transition is achieved by investing in the diversity of RDI activities – the AGDA project continues to work on this theme

AGDA is a Nordic development project funded by the Nordic Gender Equality Fund (NIKK). The project focuses on the opportunities that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion could create in the RDI-field, particularly in respect of green transition.

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MDI leads the co-creative process of developing, piloting and sharing practices for wellbeing in Sustainable Cities

The challenge bundle work is the cross-cutting co-development of the “Sustainable City” programme, co-ordinated by the Ministry of the Environment, with the aim of producing and sharing information, knowledge and solutions to the challenges linking cities’ management and practice in the area of leading work towards sustainability. The work produces concrete development measures, new ways of doing things and peer learning.

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A new project funded by the Ministry of Agriculture will explore multi-locality from the point of view of companies and their employers: is place-independence becoming the future norm of successful companies?

Although remote working and place-independent work have already been examined extensively from both the public administration implications and individual perspectives,…

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