The IFCD is an innovative tool to assess and optimise cultural policies using reliable data and an online application. The indicator framework demonstrates the links between culture and democracy, using conventional and cutting-edge statistical methods. It helps mapping European trends in access to and participation in culture and generates comparable national and European survey data. It will enhance existing information systems on culture and will benefit related statistical projects.
The IFCD helps
- map European trends in access to and participation in culture and generate comparable national and European survey data,
- enhance existing information systems on culture and benefit related statistical projects.
An interactive IFCD tool will
- support compilation and follow-up of the indicators and be made available to member States and interested partners for their specific uses such as continual self-assessment and policy orientation,
- enable a more targeted allocation of resources to the cultural sector and a resulting effective reshaping of cultural policy (IFCD interactive data explorer: beta version).
The IFCD will be the base for annual thematic reports on Culture and Democracy in line with Council of Europe priorities and will also contribute to the annual Report by the Secretary General on the State of Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Europe. A first thematic report "Cultural participation and inclusive societies" highlights the links between culture, trust in society and inclusion.
Available for download is also the IFCD policy maker's guidebook.
You can learn more about the IFCD and browse further material on the Council of Europe website.