Resources for Rural & Small Communities
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation works to improve understanding of issues and opportunities that are of common interest to rural residents across Canada. Their members include rural leaders, rural organizations, development practitioners, government policy makers, researchers, students, and other stakeholders both in Canada and internationally.
The Rural Development Institute (RDI), at Selkirk College, is a regional research centre with a mandate to support decision-making by Columbia Basin-Boundary communities through the provision of information, applied research and outreach and extension support.
This guide from Scotland covers important considerations in small town community engagement and offers 15 pages of engagement tools from arts based to focus groups, open space, future search and street stalls.
- Community Places
The toolkit was designed to support (in particular smaller) towns in the UK and Ireland to prepare for change. The compass model helps communities assess and then make plans to strengthen four aspects of resilience: healthy, engaged people; inclusive, creative culture; cross community links and a localized economy.
- Fiery Spirits Community of Practice, Carnegie UK Trust