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Useful Resources for Rural Economic Development

The Place Standard tool

The Place Standard tool, developed in Scotland, provides a simple framework to structure conversations about your place. It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making).

The tool provides prompts for discussions, allowing you to consider all the elements of a place in a methodical way. The tool pinpoints the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve. The documents below are available for communities to use.

Further Resources

  • Ireland’s National Well-being Framework is a cross-Government initiative to improve understanding of quality of life to measure how we are progressing as a country – and best align policy decisions with people’s experiences.
  • Waterford Leader Partnership (WLP) CLG is a community led Local Development Company, and a registered charity, which works with communities, families, individuals and businesses.  They deliver programmes, projects and initiatives in partnership with local communities and statutory agencies to provide a range of training, mentoring, technical, funding and development supports, all aimed at helping to develop and deliver services and facilities which meet local needs.  See