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How well does local partnership contribute to integrated rural development? : A case study of a rural aberdeenshire.


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  • History
  • Social policy/administration
  • Social work
  • Tourism, transport & travel


Aberdeenshire has shown some glimpses of rural development which are attributed to recent local partnerships which were launched by the local government of Scotland. However, Rural Development has rapidly occurred in places where local partnerships exist leaving behind areas where local partnerships have not been embraced. A number of people in aberdeenshire are reluctant in joining local partnerships because of fear and lack of experience on how well does partnering improve rural growth and hence raisin peoples living standards. This research study therefore intends to explore local partnerships and prove how well local partnering improves or brings rural development. Information from this research shall be used to encourage local partnering for rural development.

Background information

Rural development is one of key priorities of local governments. A lot of emphasis is put on possible methods of improving or accelerating rural development but little is being achieved than expected. This could be due to poor rural planning and allocation of resources. From this perspective this research question “How well does local partnership contribute to integrated rural development”? Was developed so as to unfold the truth about local partnership and integrated rural development in aberdeenshire.

Research question

In trying to understand well the research topic the following research questions shall be answered

What measures will improve the effectiveness of local partnerships on rural development?

What are the key characteristics or rural development partnership in aberdeenshire?

What impact has partnerships brought to rural development?

Specific objectives

To discover how well local partnership will improve rural development in aberdeenshire

To investigate the impact of local partnerships in aberdeenshire

To explore local partnerships in aberdeenshire and relate it to rural development



Both secondary and primary research budget shall be developed. The research design shall be both qualitative and quantitative (Kumar, 2007).. Quantitative portion of this research shall consist of numerical aspect of the study like the number of local partnerships existing in aberdeenshire, while qualitative aspect shall be focused on aberdeenshire population and their perception to local partnership for rural development. Methods of collecting data will include; in-depth interviews, questionnaire supplied to local population, surveys, case study and general observation (Kumar, 2007).


This study will be carried out on a small sample of individuals hence it will require generalization of the results.

This study will be limited by Lack of enough time to collect, sample and analyze relevant data about the topic of discussion. This will affect the reliability and accuracy of research results.

Research Validity and Reliability 

This research is vey phenomenological in nature and all research questions are related to the core characteristics of the research fact as discussed. The data collection process and its subsequent analysis shall thus be accurate so as to ensure that highest degree of validity is realized (Kumar, 2007). However, it is important to note that several aspects of research validity which influence reliability of research findings shall also be used as they shall be found appropriate.