The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute offers research services to businesses, non-profits, and government organizations who seek rigorous, unbiased examination of themes or opportunities relevant to rural development. The types of services we offer include:
- primary research studies (e.g., surveys, focus groups, etc.)
- best practices research
- feasibility studies or evaluations
- knowledge mobilization activities (e.g., learning events or professional development courses)
Community-Led Land Use Management
This study, undertaken with and for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, responds to demands from multiple sectors for more careful planning and management of land use in wilderness areas and on other public lands in BC. Specifically, the goals of the project are to help Yellowstone to Yukon better understand:
- how communities in the Upper Columbia (Kootenay) region may be able to influence, within existing legal and policy frameworks, how the lands surrounding them are used and managed; and
- how communities can be ready to engage in a modernized land use process led by the provincial government if/when that opportunity arises.
The project took place over the spring, summer, and fall of 2021. Click here to view the final report.
Kootenay Technology Sector Assessment
This study, undertaken in partnership with the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology, aimed to measure the health and impact of the Kootenay technology sector. The project had the additional objective of understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the sector in an effort to inform recovery strategies.
For more information on this project, see here.
Columbia Basin Climate Source
This site, developed in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust, is a one-stop source for climate change data and impacts information that is relevant to the Columbia Basin and Boundary regions. The site provides access to detailed projections for over 40 climate indicators alongside a local climate action database, accessible climate science explainer videos, community climate change profiles, and information on the climate change's impacts on the economy, nature, and quality of life.
Go to basinclimatesource.ca to view the site.
New Denver Poverty Reduction
An important first step in poverty reduction planning is building an understanding of poverty within the local context. This research examines the state of poverty in the Village of New Denver, including data collected through published datasets, a community-wide survey, interviews, and a focus group. Community assets and service gaps are also identified. Recommended next steps are provided in the form of decision-making tools and recommended actions. This will help prepare the community to take advantage of poverty reduction opportunities as they arise. This project received funding from the Union of BC Municipalities (via the Village of New Denver) and Mitacs.
Click here to read the report.