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SCF won competition for UNESCO cultural indicators research

The EU Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme has launched a process to implement
the CDIS methodology in Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Belarus, while Moldova is
already undergoing this process.
The Programme has contracted two distinguished International Experts to facilitate the overall
process of planning, knowledge-sharing and quality assurance. We have also selected National
Partners in participating countries to carry out the data collection and analysis according to
the prescribed methodology under strict guidance and monitoring of the International Experts.
The selected National Partner for Georgia is:
The process started in March 2016 and the final results will be published by December 2016.
What are the Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS)?
The absence of internationally recognized indicators and tools to measure culture’s role in
national development is placing the sector at a comparative disadvantage. Cultural sector
indicators are an internationally applied data baseline on the competence of the creative and
culture sector. They equip countries to be more competitive on the international market;
increase information sharing among policy makers, civil society and commerce; identify
knowledge gaps and needs of cultural operators, and identify networks, good practice and
gaps in cultural and creative sectors.
UNESCO’s Culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) gathers already-available government data from a very wide range of sources to build a single picture of the overall health of the cultural sector. UNESCO has developed a methodology to demonstrate culture’s role as both a driver and enabler of development. This CDIS methodology examines seven key policy dimensions: Economy, Education, Governance, Social Participation, Gender Equality, Communication and Heritage.

On completion of the programme at the end of 2016 the results could be submitted to UNESCO for formal validation, after which they will be incorporated in UNESCO’s database alongside those of the other countries which have taken part in the programme.

EU-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme European Union-Eastern Partnership Culture and Creativity Programme 2015-2018 aims at further strengthening cultural policies, particularly the Cultural and Creative Sectors, and to strengthen the capacities of the culture sector and the culture operators in the EaP countries.

It also aims to increase the links between public institutions and private actors and to include civil society in the decision making process, thus enhancing the role of culture as a driving force for reform, promotion of inter-cultural dialogue and social cohesion.

The Programme consists of four main components, including (1) cultural indicators and practical research including strengthening national capacities in evidence-based policy; (2) capacity-building in support of modernisation and reform in the cultural sector; (3) development of international collaboration opportunities and partnerships including through participation in the EU's new major grants programme Creative Europe; and (4) carrying out the communications and visibility strategy. The Programme is administered by a consortium led by the British Council with its partners: The Soros Foundation-Moldova, The National Centre for Culture of Poland, and the Goethe-Institut.