Due to the regional and social reform * during the Sipilä government and the changing research and innovation system, there is a growing need to understand the formation activities, characteristics and success factors involved in innovation environments and ecosystems. In addition to changing structures, it has become increasingly important to understand the actors in innovation environments, their capabilities and the dynamics of networked collaboration. The impact of RDI at the local, regional, national and international level will ultimately however depend on the quality of the interaction between the activities and the actors involved. The purpose of the study commissioned by the Ministry of Education and Culture was to explore how different types of innovation environments are created, what success factors can be identified and what lessons can be learned for the future in terms of their activities. The study also examined whether, for example, social and health innovation environments differ from those in other sectors. The report provided information for the development of innovation environments and for supporting the work of the regional and social services reform objectives and the reform programme of the TKIO related to the reform process. MDI’s partner in the study was 4FRONT. Report available in Finnish: https://julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/handle/10024/161808
* The regional and social services reform was not, ultimately, carried out in this form as the Sipilä government was brought down in spring 2019.