The Regional Council of the Northern Savo ordered the mid-term evaluation of their Regional Development Programme for 2011-2014 from MDI. The central goal here was to discern the impact of the programme on regional development in Northern Savo. The renewal of the local economy was the central issue in the evaluation itself. The results of the mid-term evaluation were utilised in steering the development measures in the current programme period as well as in designing the programme for 2014-2020. The evaluation began in summer 2012 and was finalised by the end of that year.