The new strategy of regionalisation seeks to increase the regional presence of the state

The reform of regionalisation legislation will be launched on the basis of the regionalisation reform strategy published today. In the future, the aim will turn from regionalising the location of government agencies to the regional presence of the state. According to the strategy, the presence in the future would be based on the need to organise the tasks of services and authorities, and the presence would be managed in a more long-term and planned way than in the past.

The preparation of the strategy focused on interactivity and dialogue. MDI was involved in supporting the interactive process of strategy preparation and compiled a statistical review to support the work. In January 2020, four regional events were held (Mikkeli, Hämeenlinna, Rovaniemi, Vaasa) to create a common understanding of location-independent and multi-local work and the snapshot of regionalisation, and one national event in March. It was also possible to participate in the preparation of the strategy in an online brainstorming session in February.

In the process of preparing the strategy, young people’s views on working in the state, as well as on multi-location and location-independent work were also heard in the university trainees’ think tank and in the youth municipal survey. The information base we have created has compiled a snapshot of the operating environment of each region, described the differences between and within the regions, as well as the challenges and opportunities they generate.

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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