This report comprises the ex ante evaluation of the Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA) 2014-2020 undertaken by the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) and Kontigo AB for the NPA Managing Authority. The ex ante evaluation is being conducted in accordance with DG REGIO Guidelines on Evaluation Methods. The main tasks of an ex ante evaluation are grouped into key components, covering (for example) programme strategy, contribution to the Europe 2020 strategy, indicators, monitoring and evaluation, and consistency of financial allocations. The evaluation team offered input into various elements of the programming process in support of the drafting team. This process allowed the evaluation process to be carried out in an interactive, supportive and constructive way. It is the view of the ex ante evaluation team that the NPA has all the fundamental elements for a well designed intervention logic in place. This is reflected throughout the draft OP. The Programme is in line with Community guidelines and priorities, addresses particular development needs in the NPA area, and is in a position deliver results for the Programme area and towards Europe 2020 targets.