Sari Pitkänen strengthens MDI’s labour policy skills

MDI’s expertise in the fields of labour policy and social impact were strengthened at the beginning of the year when specialist Sari Pitkänen (M.Soc.Sc) joined the team. Sari brings with her twenty years experience in researching and evaluating projects related to employment, education and rehabilitation.

Sari Pitkänen brings extensive experience to the team.

Sari is particularly interested in cross-administrative and multi-professional projects. She will focus her work on projects related to people’s ability to work and function.

Our team has strong expertise in innovation policy, labour policy and the development of working life. With Sari’s expertise, we will strengthen our perspective on wellbeing and participation in particular, says Mikko Valtakari, a leading specialist.

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Constructive interaction as a factor supporting well-being

MDI evaluated “The constructive interaction in support of mental health” -training and development project. The project was managed by Suomen Moniääniset ry and financed by the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations (STEA). The partners of the project were Kokemus- ja vertaistoimijat ry from Seinäjoki and The Finnish Central Association for Mental Health.

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Structures and attitudes slow the development of women’s knowledge work in rural areas

In Finland, women’s knowledge work is strongly centred in urban areas. In rural areas, the importance of the education sector in women’s knowledge work has been significantly emphasised, but at the same time, the centralisation of education provision reduces the number of such jobs available in rural areas. The results of the UUTTU-project, announced on June 17th 2022, state that the promotion of women’s knowledge work in rural areas requires the further development of the rural workplace structure, addressing the challenges of careers and identifying women-specific issues. In the research project, the factors promoting and hindering the opportunities of new work in rural areas were studied from the women’s point of view.

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MDI analysed the effectiveness of Ylä-Savo Veturi’s programme period 2014–2020 – The unifying factor was the diversity of influences

MDI carried out an impact study by order of the development company Ylä-Savo Veturi ry. In the study, the results, effects and effectiveness of the projects that received a decision during the programming period 2014–2020, were investigated along with their significance for the region’s vitality. In addition, the study examined the factors and mechanisms affecting successful implementation, as well as the importance of the projects in terms of the applicants’ own activities.

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