|A POLICIES FOR CULTURE ANALYSIS AND OPINION REPORTER
|No. 3/DEC 2004
|Cultural policy research in the countries of South East Europe: setbacks and prospects
Under this title, Belgrade hosted on October 2-3, 2004, an international Policies for Culture workshop. It aimed at better identifying the current situation in the area of cultural policy research in the region, as well as designing an agenda for the future. Please find below the main issues raised and proposals made during the workshop, which also represent the basis for the Policies for Culture's future activities in this area. And hopefully a contribution to building a stronger and legitimate research community in the field of cultural policy in the countries of South East Europe.
|From Data to Wisdom:
building the knowledge base for cultural policy
|We need to know more about 'culture' - however we define it in local, regional, national and global contexts - both quantitatively and qualitatively. We need to improve the quantitative baseline (cultural statistics and other data) and the qualitative baseline (evidence on 'social impacts', the relationship between culture and quality of life, social cohesion and inclusion, etc). We need more numbers, more facts, more indicators, more benchmarks in both quantitative and qualitative terms. I can summarise my argument by suggesting that we need to move along and up the 'knowledge value chain' from data (statistics) to information (indicators) to knowledge (benchmarks) to wisdom (policy).
Director of Cultural Capital Ltd., specialist in strategic cultural/creative industries analysis, research, development and advocacy.
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