MDI carried out the ex-ante evaluation of the Structural Fund Programme 2014–2020 by the order of Ministry of Employment and the Economy. The evaluation focused on the cohesion policy instrument, Structural Fund Programme for Mainland Finland 2014–2020, partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and European Social Fund. The evaluator carried out research-based evaluation of the program and also gives consultative support for the program preparation. The evaluator provided national and regional stakeholders with information to support the preparation work, undertook critical evaluation on the proposed priorities and activities, and gave suggestions to the program writers. The ex-ante evaluation was due in summer 2013.

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