Measuring Rural Community Vitality

Measuring Rural Community Vitality

Rural Community Vitality Measurement Initiative

The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is leading a 30-month applied research and analysis initiative focused on deepening understanding of effective practices for quantifying rural civic engagement, social capital and community well-being. It will also demonstrate methods for municipal evaluation of community impacts and social return on investment.

The viability and economic success of small towns and rural communities is closely related to a number of intangible factors which are hard to measure but integral to municipal functions. The overarching goal of the initiative is to assist rural stakeholders by undertaking projects which enable information sharing, capture practitioner insights and lessons learned, and facilitate peer exchange of best practices surrounding these hard to measure aspects.

Funded by the Province of Ontario, the initiative includes seven research and knowledge transfer projects grouped under three themes. The projects will commence in May 2015 and conclude by August 2017.

Theme: Rural Municipal Leadership – Succession Planning

  1. Rural Municipal Councillor Profile
  2. Youth Civic Engagement Showcase

Theme: Showcasing Effective Measurement Approaches

  1. Newcomer Engagement: Building Social Capital in Rural Communities: Best Practice Resource
  2. Rural Case Studies of Social Return on Investment and Community Impact

Theme: Rural Quality of life and Community Well-being

  1. Rural Well-Being Reporting: Demonstration Project
  2. Small Area Data Guide as related to the Focus on Rural Ontario fact sheet series
  3. Rural Foresight Papers

 


NEWS & REPORTS

RURAL MUNICIPAL COUNCILLOR PROFILE

RURAL YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SHOWCASE

NEWCOMER ENGAGEMENT: BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL IN RURAL COMMUNITIES

RURAL COMMUNITY COLLABORATION PROJECTS

SMALL AREA GEOGRAPHY DATA GUIDE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RURAL FORESIGHT PAPERS

 

For further information please contact:

Mark Cassidy
Project Manager
Rural Ontario Institute
P: 519-826-4204
E: mcassidy@ruralontarioinstitute.ca