This toolkit contains a range of elements, or tools.  Some involve finding and analyzing data, on population, for example. Other tools require engagement with knowledgeable people in the community.  That could be, for example, to prioritise key factors to measure. 

The tools are designed to capture baseline information, to enable understanding of changes over time and the interactions between the changing factors, to identify pressing situations that may need immediate attention, options and pathways for the future as well as to assess what actions to take. 

So, these elements can be used to collect baseline or historical information before resource development begins.  They can be used to track changes occurring during a growth period.  They can inform decisions about how to respond to those changes.  They are useful to plan for future periods of growth (or, as can be experienced after a boom period, decline).

8 Elements of the Toolkit

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1: Choosing indicators

 An explanation of key indicators. Organised by theme/topic.  Provides options for how to measure. Identified primary and secondary indicators/measures
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2: Data sources

 A thematic map of indicators. Links to reliable data sources. A checklist for evaluating reliable/relevant data. E.g., Does it cover a relevant time period?
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3: Populating indicators 

 An Excel spreadsheet template for collecting data on indicators. How to extract data from sources, such as a government website or report.  Completing the spreadsheet and creating timeline charts.
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4: Understanding systems

 A mind mapping tool. Step-by-step instructions on how to create a cause-effect diagram.  Illustrates the complexity in how important impacts occur.
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5: Identifying hotspots  

 Insights from case studies on resource boom towns in North America. Greatest impacts (‘hot spots’) and thresholds reached.
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6: Possible scenarios

 Annotated directory of planning documents at town, regional and state levels. A worksheet to identify key community ‘assets’.  Highlights common aims (or dissonance) among community visions. Compares views of stakeholder groups – e.g., local government versus chamber of commerce.
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7: Archetypes

 An assessment tool. Outlines key types of rural towns. Questions to gauge the likelihood of a town changing from one type to another.  E.g., agricultural versus lifestyle.
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8: Identifying levers

 Evaluation of adaptive strategies.  What has been tried to address rising housing costs, for example?  Lessons learned. A recipe for effective intervention.

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