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Check back to this page frequently as ARDN collects and shares links to toolkits that can help you and your community with rural development. Do you know of a useful kit? Let us know!
Alberta Official Statistics
Alberta Official Statistics are publicly available key facts that provide a comprehensive perspective of changes over time and geographical areas for Alberta.
The Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership (CIEL), an organization that aims to strengthen communities by helping them become more business-friendly, culturally vibrant, and sustainable through leadership development and enhanced community involvement created this realistic, practical resource for communities.
The Community Economic Development (CED) Choice Matrix (CM) website is designed to assist local and regional community practitioners and stakeholders find CED tools that are right for them and their projects. Thousands of CED tools can be found on the Internet with no information on when to use them or what type of project to use them in. The CM website provides practitioners with multiple navigation and searching options.
The Changes Tool Kit is an interactive tool kit designed to help palliative care patients and their care providers deal with the physical, emotional and relationship changes that come with terminal and chronic illnesses.
The toolkit was developed by the University of Alberta and Wendy Duggleby after she researched palliative care in rural communities. As the kit is designed to be self-administered, it helps patients and families regardless of location.
CharityVillage has become the Canadian nonprofit sector’s largest and most popular online resource for recruiting, news and how-to information. Merging the best of web design and social media, the new CharityVillage is a unique online community for the 21st century. It’s based on relationship-building, sharing, and collaboration - characteristics that underpin the nonprofit sector. You can browse job postings, brush up on your skills with a course from the eLearning program, engage with your peers in the online community, or comment on the latest story in the newsfeed.
Choice Matrix website - Practitioner-developed Community Economic Development (CED) Tools
The Choice Matrix website is a practitioner-developed website designed to help those engaging in any facet of Community Economic Development (CED) by providing them with a collection of tools. These tools are organized based on a number of criteria in order to simplify the tool selection process and easily find step by step instructions on how to proceed at any phase, of any project, for any community.
Civic Engagement for Immigrant Women
In partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association produced this guide to civic engagement, covering volunteering, elections and voting, and having a public voice. Municipalities could use this guide as a template for a handbook for newcomers on how to vote in municipal elections or how to get involved in your community.
The purpose of this tool kit is to engage citizens and help them determine what their community will look like in the future. It is also a guide that will help citizens develop a strategy for community growth.
Community Information Database
The Community Information Database (CID) is a free, Internet-based resource developed to provide communities, researchers, and governments with access to consistent and reliable socio-economic and demographic data, and information for all communities across Canada.
The High School Completion Symposium on September 24-25, 2006, started a province-wide discussion about how we can all play an important role in improving high school completion rates. We encourage communities across the province to build on the momentum generated at the symposium by hosting similar discussions in their area.
Enterprising Non-Profits (enp)
Enp is a collaborative program that provides grants and technical assistance to non-profit organizations to support the development or growth of their social enterprises (i.e., revenue-generating businesses). Enp holds "Building Your Social Enterprise" workshops around the province every spring and fall for non-profit organizations wanting to learn more about social enterprise and how to gain access to enp grants for business planning projects. The program also offers a wide range of resources for social enterprises on this website, including free downloadable copies of the Canadian Social Enterprise Guide.
GeoDiscover Alberta provides one clear online access point to different types of maps, services and geographic information related to the province of Alberta. Examples of the type of maps and geographic information you can find using this website include: rivers and streams, roads and highways, cities and towns, imagery, land use, and townships, ranges and legal subdivisions.
Inventory of Rural Community Economic Development Tools and Guides in Alberta and British Columbia
A goal shared by the Alberta and British Columbia governments is to provide rural communities and regions with information, tools and services that will assist them to become more competitive. In this document, communities can choose the most appropriate tool or guide for their situation as they strive to be healthy and resilient communities.
AUMA’s Planning Together Guide is a tool for municipal immigration action planning in Alberta. This easy-to-read document provides ideas to get people working together, set targets and develop action plans that complement work already being done in your community.
The Prairie Canada Future Game is highly interactive and allows participants to tackle the challenges of economic and community development in a fun and engaging manner. It is played in a small team format and the teams make a series of critical decisions that shape the future of a typical prairie region over a 25-year period.
The RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis Software is a unique decision support tool developed with the contribution of numerous experts from government, industry and academia. The software, provided free-of-charge, can be used worldwide to evaluate the energy production and savings, costs, emission reductions, financial viability and risk for various types of Renewable-energy and Energy-efficient Technologies (RETs). The software, available in multiple languages, also includes product, project, hydrology and climate databases, a detailed user manual, and a case-study-based college/university-level training course, including an engineering e-textbook.
Seven Secrets to Coping with Change in Small Towns
Produced by the Heartland Centre for Leadership Development, these "Seven Secrets" are drawn from the experience of several years of immersion into the challenges facing small towns and rural communities as they struggle to overcome the uncertainties caused by a fickle world economy and the continuing depopulation of America’s countryside.
This tool kit aims to equip owners of public sector buildings with the information they need to address climate issues and infrastructure challenges through green building policies and programs. The 248-page toolkit offers up-to-date information on community planning, natural environment, transportation, buildings, infrastructure, and energy.
The AUMA Welcoming and Inclusive Communities Toolkit is about creating communities with positive reputations, where diversity adds to the social and economic vibrancy of the community and the quality of life enjoyed by all residents.
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