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RCN Programmes

Policy & Research

The Policy and Research team in Rural Community Network works with policy makers and rural communities to build up the evidence around the key issues impacting on rural communities and to ensure that the issues that matter to rural people are taken into account by decision makers.

Policies can be developed ‘top down’ with, for example, government assuming that they know what people want or they can be developed with citizens and local communities with government recognising that people are experts in their own lives and have the right to have a voice in the decisions that shape the quality of their lives.