When something new comes to the countryside. About the development, implementation and diffusion of innovative and digital solutions for rural basic service provision Authors Tobias Mettenberger Thünen Insitute of Rural Studies Julia Zscherneck Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg Patrick Küpper Thünen Insitute of Rural Studies DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.90 Keywords: Basic services, Digitalisation, Rural areas, Policy mobilities, Innovations Abstract For maintaining basic service provision in shrinking rural areas, great potential is attributed to digital solutions. At the same time, however, disadvantageous conditions for innovations are attested to such spaces, so that the realisation of novel approaches seems to be difficult, compared to agglomerations. In this context, a growing body of research examines the practice of those actors, who are responsible for local projects. In contrast, a much weaker focus lays on relationships with supra-regional key institutions and service providers, as well as on the related power structures. Given that need for research, we go further into the question which factors are influencing the development, implementation and diffusion of innovative and digital solutions for rural basic service provision. Our research is based on three regional case studies, two of them in the field of public health and one in the field of schooling. Our problem-centred interviews and documentary research show key drivers in the dimensions of power, knowledge and space. Furthermore, we demonstrate a varying importance of key drivers and actor relations, dependent on the project phase. Besides the support of key institutions and mayor suppliers, the acceptance through local basic service providers is a decisive factor for effective implementation, everyday usage and potential special diffusion of the analysed digital solutions. Downloads Download data is not yet available. Downloads XML (Deutsch) PDF (Deutsch) HTML (Deutsch) Published Issue publication date 2021-12-30 (version 2)Published online first 2021-09-10 (version 1) Versions 2021-12-30 (2) 2021-09-10 (1) How to Cite Mettenberger, T., Zscherneck, J. and Küpper, P. (2021) “When something new comes to the countryside. About the development, implementation and diffusion of innovative and digital solutions for rural basic service provision”, Raumforschung und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. DE, 79(6), pp. 543-556. doi: 10.14512/rur.90. More Citation Formats ACM ACS APA ABNT Chicago Harvard IEEE MLA Turabian Vancouver Download Citation Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX Issue Vol. 79 No. 6 (2021) Section Article License Copyright (c) 2021 Tobias Mettenberger, Julia Zscherneck, Patrick Küpper This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Articles in Raumforschung und Raumordnung - Spatial Research and Planing are published under a Creative Commons license. Until Vol. 79 No. 1, articles were published under a CC BY-SA license. From Vol. 79 No. 2 (2021), the license applied is the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 4.0. Under this license, anyone may access, copy, redistribute, or adapt these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited and the contributions are distributed under the same license as the original.