Towards the new year with a growing line-up

At the beginning of January, our team of experts was strengthened with four experts. Expert Sinikukka Pyykkönen returned to our ranks and we welcomed expert Sara Anttila and expert trainees Eeva Leskinen and Oskari Jokinen.

Sinikukka has extensive experience of carrying out regional and rural development evaluations and projects. In addition to MDI’s communications coordination, Sinikukka works with clients in themes such as public administration development, rural and urban development and housing and transport.

Sara has a master’s degree in Social Sciences, majoring in public administration where she focused on administrative systems and development at all levels of government. She is particularly interested in the interaction between residents, decision-makers and the administration, as well as in the development of operating models. In addition to communication tasks, Sara’s desk will see projects related to urban development.

Eeva is completing her master’s studies at the University of Tampere, where she has focused on cultural and urban sociology issues. She has expertise in the themes of culture, education and welfare. At MDI, Eeva will work on the themes of competence and employment in particular.

Oskari is a university student who’s currently finishing his studies in Finnish and Finno-Ugric languages. As a minor, Oskari has studied communications and economics. He is interested in communications as a part of society and its development, as well as in the strategic planning and implementation of communications. Oskari works as a part of the communications team.

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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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