MDI carried out the evaluation of the axis 5 of the Southern Finland ERDF program for the regional council of Päijät-Häme. The aim of the work was to find out in what way the interregional projects have strengthened the knowledge clusters in Southern Finland. The evaluation produced also information for the preparation of the new programming period. MDI cooperated with the Baltic Sea Institute in Finland. The work was due in the end of 2012.