The online toolkit was designed for regional decision-makers and other people with responsibility for drawing up and implementing development plans within regions. It is part of a project which has benefited from core funding from the Information Society Technology Programme of the European Union’s Fifth Framework Programme. It includes guidance on finding and using the key statistics and research results, profiling the local economy and identifying its strengths and weakness, analysing local labour markets, developing and implementing regional economic development strategies and identifying sources of funding for regional development initiatives.The focus of the toolkit is on the role and impacts of different types of eWork Information and Communication Technologies. This is presented within the wider context of regional economic development in an information society and knowledge economy context. The reference part is made up of structured overviews of the experience and processes of eWork and regional development, as well as the main research trends.
The toolkit is available at: http://www.emergence.nu/toolkit/indix.php