Policy appraisal and evaluation

CCRD13 Core Course 4 ECTS
Period -
Instructor Sari Rannanpää


This course provides a summary of methods in the field of active regional policies and evaluates methods in various contexts.


By the end of the course, students

  • are able to identify and discuss available methods of active regional policies
  • are able to argue for and against methods in special contexts on the basis of scientific evidence.
  • will have demonstrated the ability of evaluating independently the appropriateness of a given tools in a given context.
  • will have demonstrated skills in participating in and leading discussions that lead to solutions, both individually and in groups.
  • will have demonstrated the ability of communicating their solutions, based on scientific findings, to an academic and non-academic public.



Ms Sari Rannanpää is a senior evaluator working for a Regional Development Consultancy, MDI, in Helsinki. She holds an MPhil in Political Science from the Central European University, an MA in the Political Economies of Russia and Eastern Europe from University College London and a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Her special field of interest is rural and local development policy, where she is experienced in policy planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She also has extensive experience in planning and conducting evaluations, evaluation capacity-building and facilitation, in both a national and an international context.

In recent years, she has led several complex projects, such as the Evaluation of the Leader CLLD Principles and Administrative Model in Finland. She has also participated in national and European evaluations including the Mid-Term Evaluation of the Interreg Central Baltic Programme 2014-2020 and, as an expert for the European Evaluation Helpdesk for Rural Development, in the development of the evaluation tools and framework for the European Rural Development Programmes.