The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) are the appointed evaluation partners of the Rural Wisdom project. Following their visits and research, they have now published their key findings fo far, along with a number of case studies that highlight the varied and interesting work of the project:

Rural Wisdom Evaluation Key findings, January 2020

The following is taken from their website:

We are excited to be sharing a range of documents that highlight the key insights, lessons and stories from the Rural Wisdom evaluation as the project comes to the end of its first stage in the five rural communities in Wales (Milford Haven, Leeswood & Pontblyddyn) and Scotland (Eaglesham, Highland Perthshire, North Angus). 

The insights document builds on the learning from the Year 1 evaluation, to further explore how older people are leading change, having a voice and contributing to their community. We have also been finding out about the key factors that are important for sustaining activities and initiatives in these rural communities.

We are also sharing five case studies, one from each of the five communities, to give practical examples of what has been happening through Rural Wisdom, the impact it has had and how it is being sustained.

Finally, whilst there are some great developments and achievements in the communities themselves, Rural Wisdom has also been working through the partners Outside the Box and Volunteering Matters Cymru at a national level. The two briefing documents explain how Rural Wisdom is helping to influence a range of policy issues to support older people to continue to live in rural communities they know.

All the documents are available in English and Welsh and are are available to download from the ‘Related Downloads’ on the right site of this page.

If you would like any further information or to discuss this project and our findings please contact Carol Clifford on For further information and helpful resources about Rural Wisdom please visit