MDI evaluates the provincial programmes of four provinces in Northern Finland (Kainuu, Central Ostrobothnia, Lapland and Northern Ostrobothnia). The evaluation examines the results and impact of each provincial programme, the factors that supported and hindered the attainment of results and impacts and the evaluators' views of how to improve them. The external evaluation of the provincial programmes 2018–2021 supports and guides the preparation of new provincial programmes. The evaluation is performed in a uniform manner across all provinces though the results themselves are reported by province. The data collection methods for the evaluation include provincial document analyses, surveys, interviews and workshops.