The evaluation produces information and practical suggestions to feed into the development activities impacting the projects, programmes and organisations. The evaluation meets the requirements of impact verification and guides and develops activities. It also provides recommendations for development and an opportunity to steer actions toward the desired effects at an early stage.
The evaluation task has been a core part of our methodology since the company was first founded. Our strength is an evaluation approach aimed at developing operations in which fact-based foundations and new ideas for development work are sought. Our role in terms of the evaluation task is to be an external expert who provides objective information on the subject of the evaluation.
We evaluate the performance and impact of projects, programmes and organisations. We carry out sparring and developing pre-, temporary and post-evaluations.
Suggestions for improvement emerge from the findings
In evaluation projects, our goal is to translate evaluation findings and the conclusions they generate into concrete and workable development proposals or policy recommendations at the end of the project, allowing the client and other stakeholders to develop their activities further after the evaluation.
We have experience in evaluating EU programmes, various national development programmes, provincial programmes, development projects and individual projects, as well as organisations and their operations.
Examples of our areas of expertise include
- Employment and economic policy,
- Innovation systems and policies,
- Urban and rural policy, and
- Impact assessments and the development of evaluation methods.
Proactive Impact Assessment provides real-time information on longer-term effects and helps support impact generation
Behind our use of proactive impact assessment is the need to identify the effects of action in advance and communicate it intelligibly to decision makers. Proactive impact assessment methods aim to identify the effects of action in advance. The aim is to support the creation of the desired effects by identifying the paths leading to the desired goals.
Proactive impact assessment is a form of developmental assessment and is a tool for programme and project management as well as for learning and developing organisations.
“Evaluation is not just an analysis of results and impacts, but an important method and tool for performance management.”
– Mikko Valtakari, MDI
We harness modern methods to produce evaluation information
In our evaluation work, we use appropriate and task-based methods which may include in-depth document analysis, statistical reviews of existing data and geospatial data analysis. In addition, the central method we use is modelling the dynamics of the effects sought by the action, the evaluation models created on the basis of these and the measurement of the occurrence of the effects to be developed in the model.
In the assessments, we collect the necessary amount of new material to provide a sufficient overall picture of the subject of the assessment. The most typically utilised methods of data collection are the combination of extensive statistical data, internet and map-based surveys and themed and open individual and group interviews. In addition, we use various evaluation or sparring workshops in formulating proposals for action which can deepen the common understanding of the subject of evaluation.
We have undertaken evaluations for various ministries, the Prime Minister’s Office and Business Finland, as well as the provincial federations and organisations operating at regional and local level.
See all of our developmental evaluations in the Showroom.