According to the evaluation, training and cooperation measures under the Rural Area Programme have improved the skills of rural developers and entrepreneurs and created networks. Network-based development has strengthened knowledge sharing and the emergence of new products and services. The innovativeness of the program is reflected in the dissemination of knowledge, but investments in translating innovation into practice are needed.
We were involved in evaluating the results, impacts of the innovation-, training and cooperation measures of the Rural Area Programme for Continental Finland 2014-2020. In addition, the evaluation included a case study on the project activities of the Finnish Forest Centre and the EIP Innovation Groups. The evaluation was carried out by the Regional and Municipal Research Center Spatia, TK-Eval and MDI.