This briefing provides references to a selection of planning tools to help practitioners, local decision-makers, and community groups to design and develop sustainable rural services. Even though the focus is clearly set on rural services, each tool can equally fit other types of intervention.
This case study explores a holistic approach to the digitisation of rural services, implemented by the the Fraunhofer Institute in several pilot villages in Germany. The creation of a common digital platform has enabled the development of new solutions for the supply of local goods, communication, mobility and e-government through shared services and common rules.
This case study explores the Finnish ‘Smart Countryside’ analysis of the challenges facing the country's rural areas and the opportunities offered by digitisation. It overviews a range of recommendations for improving digital innovations in rural services that have been used to inform both existing and new programmes in Finland.
This briefing explores the different business model that can be put in place to enhance the provision of rural services. Additionally, it sets forward recommendations for selecting the right business model for rural services.