Presentation of the preliminary results of the Indicator Suite in Costa Rica

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The Culture for Development Indicator Suite’s preliminary results meeting was held Friday, May 27 at the UNESCO Office in San Jose.

Coordinated by officials from the UNESCO Office in San Jose (Montserrat Martell and Gabriela Delgado) and consultants from Eculgest (Liliana Gonzalez and Alejandra Hernandez), this meeting was an opportunity to launch the process of interpretation of the preliminary results obtained for each of the seven dimensions of the Suite.

The meeting brought together about thirty participants, including representatives from the Ministries of Planning (in charge of the National Strategy for Development 2011-2014), Culture and Youth, Education, Telecommunications and the Economy, as well as representative from the Estado de la Nacion, the National Institute of Statistics, the National Museum and the coordinator of the United Nations joint programme. The rich debates that followed the presentation of the results shed light on the added value of the implementation of this new tool in Costa Rica, notably:

  • the increased visibility of previous efforts at the national level in the fields of information and cultural policies and the aligning of existing data to international standards;
  • the generation of an overall picture of the rich and varied relationship between culture and development, as well as the creation of unprecedented indicators necessary for decision-making in, for example, the areas of cultural governance and cultural employment;
  • and the establishment of the foundations for indispensable inter-institutional cooperation, necessary for the promotion of culture’s potential for development at the national level.

This first presentation of results was very well received by the key national stakeholders. In a context where there is an urgent need to translate the theoretical discourse on the role of culture for development into empirical and quantitative data, the Culture for Development Indicator Suite has been greatly appreciated for its novelty. Furthermore, this tool’s relevance for advocacy and management was also highlighted. It was emphasized that the Suite has the ability to make the areas where culture has potential for development visible, as well as the areas where its role is not fully exploited within the national context.

The preliminary results obtained in Costa Rica will be presented at the Expert’s Meeting organized by UNESCO in October 2011. The purpose of this meeting is to refine and improve the Indicator Suite as a whole. Once the results are finalized and put into context they will be widely disseminated.

Workshop documents (in Spanish)

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