The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) has engaged a number of organizations and municipalities in a Measuring Rural Community Vitality 30-month initiative which began in 2015 and wraps up in 2017. The initiative encompassed seven projects, each of which has its own timelines, collaborators and objectives. They are loosely linked by a concern for deepening understanding of effective practices for quantifying civic engagement, understanding the role of social capital and exploring how to measure various aspects of community well-being in a rural context. The themes reflect "hard to measure" intangibles that are nevertheless central to rural community vitality. The projects are diverse and include topics such as leadership succession on Councils, youth engagement and building capacity for local data analysis, among others. The initiative is being conducted with support of a Ministry of Municipal Affairs Research and Analysis Grant. Projects: RURAL MUNICIPAL COUNCILLOR PROFILE Infographic Final Report RURAL YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SHOWCASE Final Report NEWCOMER ENGAGEMENT: BUILDING SOCIAL CAPITAL IN RURAL COMMUNITIES Final Report Final Report video Community Assessment Tool Project InfoGraphic Case Studies: Dufferin County Infographic Case Study Report Video Huron County Infographic Case Study Report Video Northumberland County Infographic Case Study Report Video COMMUNITY CASE STUDIES SUMMARY: Rural Case Studies of Community Impact Baldwin Huron County Northern Bruce Peninsula Northumberland County West Carleton COMMUNITY WELL-BEING DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS SUMMARY: Demonstratrion Projects Centre Wellington Community Foundation Headwaters Communities in Action Oxford County FACT-FINDER'S GUIDE TO LOCAL AND REGIONAL DATA Fact-Finder's Guide to Regional and Local Data Big Data for Small Places Work Book RURAL ONTARIO FORESIGHT PAPERS Complete Print Edition Click here for the individual Foresigh Papers Author Bios & Paper Topics HC Link hosted a Measuring Rural Community Vitality webinar in May 2017. Access the recording, slides and resources here.