The RDI activities of social welfare and health organisations are extensively studied

MDI and NHG Consulting are carrying out a study of the RDI activities of those organisations receiving STEA grants from the Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health organisations (https://www.stea.fi/web/en/frontpage). The study examines the factors that contribute to the development of research, development and innovation activities in social and health care organisations, the challenges they face and the role that STEA-funded activities play in the innovation environment. The study looks in particular at the activities of social and health care organisations that have developed a new approach in continuous use.

There is very little information on the effectiveness of these organisations’ RDI activities, or indeed of their activities in general as they have not been studied in detail, especially in the STEA area. The survey will help to shed light on the role of these organisations as part of the wider ecosystem and will help to define what RDI activities mean in an NGO context. The report also serves to clarify the vision of the future at a time when the organisational operating environment, particularly in respect of funding, is undergoing major changes.

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.

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

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”.

Read more PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision