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Perspectives and Applications of Digital Participation Procedures in Rural Regional Development

How can participation processes in rural areas be designed digitally?

This question is the focus of the research project "Perspectives and possible applications of digital participation processes in rural regional development" (DigiBeL). The Institute for Rural Development Research (IfLS) and the Institute for Media Research (IMF) in Chemnitz are investigating how digital procedures for the participation of citizens can be used or made more effective in the implementation of regional development processes in rural areas.

From 2020 to 2023 we will study how analogue formats can be sensibly and effectively combined with digital formats. In addition to an online survey of various actors in rural development processes, case studies in rural regions of Germany will provide information on the factors influencing the acceptance and impact of the use of digital methods. Together with the actors, best-practice examples are identified and approaches for action are developed.