The Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy (IFCD), which is an innovative tool to assess and optimise cultural policies using reliable data and an online application, will be presented at a launch event at Hotel Bloom in Brussels on 14 October 2016.
The event will bring together senior cultural policy makers from member states, parliamentarians, leading European cultural policy researchers, representatives from international bodies and foundations, and is hosted by the European Union.
The IFCD tool has been developed by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and the European Cultural Foundation.
Culture and democracy dimensions of European states have been explored with the help of 17 components and 41 indicators, grouping over 170 variables to reveal significant correlations. Robust relationships have been identified, inter alia, between cultural engagement and important aspects of democratic openness - including political engagement, trust in society and well-being.
The IFCD tool will enhance evidence-based policy-making and orient investments into culture for best impact. It will also inform thematic reports on culture and democracy – the first of which, on culture and trust in society will be launched at the end of the year 2016. The findings of the Indicator Framework will also feature in the Secretary General of the Council of Europe’s future annual reports on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe, in the section relating to culture.
You can register to attend the launch via this online form (password to access is IFCD).