In January 2019 a team of experts delivered an impact evaluation report of the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme 2014-2020. The aim of the report was to assess the contribution of the projects to the objectives of the programme. The evaluators’ comprehensive approach consisted in combining desk work with more hands-on information, such as case studies and interviews with projects. The team also looked back at the achievements from the NPP 2007-2013 programming period and measured the extent to which project impacts were felt beyond the funded period. The results of the evaluation are summarised in the Final Report. Specific information about the transnational added value of the NPA and cooperation in the Arctic were also prepared.
During 2014, an evaluation took place of the outcomes of the previous programme, the Northern Periphery Programme 2007-2013. The conclusions were published in a report entitled Achievements.
Based on a sample of projects, this report systematically maps project outcomes of the programme period 2007-2013 and their impacts on the communities as well as factors that contributed to a successful project implementation. The 27 analysed projects delivered 170 products and services and provided plenty of evidence of positive impacts on the programme area. Intangible impacts were found to be just as numerous and important as tangible impacts. To illustrate the report’s findings, 5 case studies were conducted to provide an in-depth analysis of the impacts.