MDI carried out the ex-ante evaluation of the Structural Fund Programme 2014–2020 for the 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 a research-based evaluation of the programme and also provided consultative support for the programme preparation. The evaluator provided national and regional stakeholders with information to support the preparation work, undertook a critical evaluation of the proposed priorities and activities and gave suggestions to the programme writers. The ex-ante evaluation was finalised in summer 2013.