In accordance with the European Regulation on Support for Rural Development by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, the network for the rural areas was established. The main objective of the network was to facilitate the exchange of experience and expertise between the individual rural players and to support the implementation of the Austrian Programme for Development of rural areas 2007-2013.
In cooperation with Rosinak & Partner ZT GmbH and convelop gmbh, L&R Social Research evaluated the development work as well as the ongoing activities of the network for the rural areas, focusing on the following project objectives:
A central part of the evaluation was an online survey among various groups of rural players. A total of 697 people took part in the survey. Three focus groups with individual players from the network for rural areas and a reflection workshop were implemented on relevant questions that arose in the course of the evaluation and on the development of options for action.
Team: Lisa Danzer, Ferdinand Lechner, Barbara Willsberger
External Team: Eva Favry, Markus Gruber, Wolfgang Pfefferkorn
Client: Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management