The result analysis of the structural funds programme completed

MDI has been evaluating the Structural Funds Programme 2014-2020 in Finland in co-operation with the Rehabilitation Foundation, University of Eastern Finland, and TK-Eval. During the first half of 2018, the evaluation focused on the results and profitability of the programme, at the same time being a part of a larger evaluation set-up. The result analysis is the second interim report of the evaluation. Since spring, the evaluation has moved on to analyse the impacts of the programme, and results are expected before the end of 2018.

The second interim report outlines how and in what kind of circumstances has the programme implementation taken place. The implementation has crossed the halfway mark in terms of time span, and at the moment a total of 20,2 percent of the funding has been used. The evaluation points out the activities which have produced the most significant part of the results. Generally, the programme has been implemented profitably in terms of funding used. There are differences within the programme, thus the overall tone and performance remain good.

Reults in the turmoil of the operational environment. (in Finnish)

Summary of the results – second interim report. (in Finnish)

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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