Cultural statistics in action: Getting a clear picture of Mongolian cultural industries

Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture (State Party), Mongolia
IFCD funding: USD 79,000 | Timeline: March 2013 - March 2015

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About the Project

Creating a National Framework for Cultural Statistics in Mongolia
The project aims to develop and implement a National Framework for Cultural Statistics that reflects the full variety of activities carried out in the cultural and creative sector in Mongolia. The Framework will be based on current methodological approaches and will be aligned with the latest international standards and coding systems in the field of cultural statistics. The project leader will collaborate with Mongolian authorities, such as the National Statistical Office (NSO) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (MECS), as well as with the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, to ensure the pertinence and sustainability of the Framework.

Project leader: The Mongolian State University of Arts and Culture (MSUAC)
MSUAC was founded in 1990 as a research and education institute, with the mission of developing culture and the arts through training experts and practitioners. MSUAC is a research partner of the NSO and the Department of Arts and Culture Policy of the MECS. Collaboration between the three institutions includes work on the implementation of a two-year project that was initiated in 2011, aimed at improving the country’s cultural statistics infrastructure.

Key targets

  • A National Framework for Cultural Statistics in Mongolia is implemented to establish guidelines and develop tools for collecting and analyzing data while proposing new indicators and aligning them to international coding systems in the field of cultural statistics.
  • Human and institutional capacities of the National Statistical Office Staff and key stakeholders are strengthened in order to implement the new National Framework for Cultural Statistics.
  • A Cultural Statistics Observatory is established and a journal of cultural statistics is published.

Main activities

  • Conducting a series of preliminary consultation sessions and two training workshops for key stakeholders on how to develop a national strategy for cultural statistics, in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute of Statistics.
  • Building human and institutional capacities of the National Statistical Office and other key stakeholders, through three workshops on data collection and analysis pertaining to the culture sector for 100-150 statisticians, policy-makers, researchers and academics in the field of creative and cultural industries from across the country.
  • Establishing a Cultural Statistic Observatory as a permanent platform for regular data collection, analysis and dissemination, as well as the introduction of new methodological trends in statistics.

How does this project contribute to the implementation of the 2005 Convention?

  • Contributes to the introduction of better informed cultural policies to promote cultural industries in Mongolia: both the development of a comprehensive cultural statistics framework and the establishment of a cultural statistics observatory are instrumental in ensuring effective policy interventions to develop a competitive and dynamic local creative industries sector.
  • Promotes information sharing and transparency: the creation of a Cultural Statistics Observatory and the publication of a journal of cultural statistics is expected to reveal important information about the economic structure and dynamics of cultural industries in Mongolia, which have not yet been explored.
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