The Rural Development Institute (RDI) is a regional centre of excellence in applied research and information provision focused on strengthening rural communities in the Columbia Basin Boundary region of British Columbia.
The RDI is supported through a partnership between Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) and Selkirk College. They are funded by CBT through an 8-year partnership agreement and through Selkirk's support through its infrastructure and specific capabilities, including the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development (RIC) who serves as the RDI Lead Researcher. In addition, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre provides complementary expertise, access to data and state-of-the-art GIS and other research tools and skills to the CBRDI.
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Researching & Reporting on State of the Basin
The RDI collects, analyzes and reports up-to-date community information so residents and leaders can make informed decisions. The State of the Basin Initiative is an indicator and monitoring program developed to collect, analyze and report on information for the purpose of providing an up-to-date picture of the well-being of the Basin and an understanding of trends over time. An analysis of indicators data is provided on an ongoing basis to ensure residents and community leaders have access to research that supports informed decision-making.
Learn more about the State of the Basin.
Sharing Regional Rural Revitalization Best Practices
The RDI studies and shares information on “best practice” tools and processes to help improve local economic development. Drawing on the expertise of the Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development this focus area is focused on the provision and testing of related best practice tools and approaches using an applied research model. Initiatives are based on priorities identified by key stakeholder groups, including local government and economic development partnerships. All RDI-led rural revitalization projects include project-specific advisory groups.
Learn more about Regional Rural Revitalization.
Supporting Innovation and Knowledge Transfer
The RDI works closely with regional innovation councils to broker and support related knowledge transfer and innovation research partnerships to support local businesses. Working closely with regional innovation councils, this focus area aims to foster innovation and knowledge transfer by brokering and supporting related research partnerships. This focus area will also include the provision of ongoing best practice tools and relevant literature reviews to support knowledge transfer in the areas of rural revitalization, innovation, and productivity.
Learn more from research reports on regional issues and area at RDI Resource Database.