Preliminary impact assessment speeds up the development of Pirkanmaa Start-up Alliance

In Pirkanmaa, the development of the start-up ecosystem aims to diversify the region’s business structure and new business activities, as well as promoting internationalisation, improved vitality and increased tax revenues. At the same time, the need to bring together the services, funding, networks and platforms of public actors to promote start-up policies has been recognised as fundamental in relation to achieving these goals. An alliance of public actors was created in 2017 by Pirkanmaa Regional Council, the City of Tampere, and what was then Tampere University of Applied Sciences, the University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology (now T3), as well as the Pirkanmaa TE Office, Pirkanmaa ELY Centre and the Pirkanmaa Hospital District. The aim was to create a model of cooperation between different actors.

We facilitated the preliminary impact assessment process for the Pirkanmaa Start-up Alliance and prepared an evaluation report to support decision-making in the development and implementation phases of the Alliance. The purpose of the preliminary impact assessment was to structure and clarify the goals and implementation options of the start-up alliance. The work was carried out as an interactive process with the start-up alliance actors. During the process, a proactive impact assessment model was developed to illustrate the development and impact of the start-up ecosystem. In addition, the work assessed the various impacts of forming an alliance from the perspective of alliance organisations and their decision-making, as well as from the various associated human, economic and environmental aspects involved.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in 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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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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