As part of the EU SPARD Framework Programme 7 Project Spatial Analysis of Rural Development Measures, a University of Edinburgh PhD student investigated the regionalisation of the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP) 2007-2013, and the geographical spread of uptake and expenditure within the Programme.
The research evaluated the 2007-2013 SRDP Rural Priorities scheme in achieving the promotion of 'good governance' and in prioritising regional environmental needs. It also investigated the use of spatial modelling techniques as a potential tool for evaluating the uptake of, and expenditure within, the SRDP.
The findings from both these strands of work are summarised in two Research Briefings that are available to download below. These findings provide useful insights and lessons learned for the development of the new SRDP programme.
Download the Research Briefings
2015: Regionalising the Scotland Rural Development Programme: decentralisation or recentralisation?
2015: Rural Development Programme Spatial Analysis: wider insights into policy implementation