Key dates of the project

  1. Development of the concept (January – May 2009)
    Production of a literature review of existing initiatives and an analytical framework which defines the conceptual and methodological parameters of the project.
  2. Working papers (May – October 2009)
    Establishment of a network of leading experts to elaborate technical papers and propose an initial set of indicators.
  3. First technical experts meeting (14 – 15 December 2009)
    Establishment of the methodological basis of the Indicators.
  4. Preliminary Methodology Manual of the Culture for Development Indicators (December 2010)
    Based on technical papers, feedback from international experts and additional in-house research and including “roadmap documents” to construct at country level each of the seven dimensions of the methodology.
  5. First test phase (February – December 2011)
    Testing the indicators in six countries: Colombia, Costa Rica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Uruguay, and Vietnam to refine and improve the Indicators.
  6. Second technical experts meeting: Taking stock of country results (October 2011)
    Consultants and experts met to examine the results from the first test phase, to refine the methodology and to address its future uses and potential. See the Programme and the Concept note.
  7. Refining the Methodology (January 2012- February 2013)
    Revision of the CDIS indicators and methodology and development of a series of dedicated implementation tools in consultation with international experts and country teams in order to revise and improve the Indicator Suite and ensure that it corresponds to development policy needs.
  8. Second test phase and harmonization of results (November 2011 – July 2013)
    New series of tests in 5 additional countries to verify the effectiveness of the Suite and to ensure that the Suite is, to the greatest extent possible, implementable and pertinent in a wide range of countries. In addition, the results the 6 first test phase countries will be harmonized to meet the requirements of the improved methodology, ensuring a maximum of comparability and the construction of a comprehensive database.
  9. Implementing the support programme (May - December 2013)
    Based on lessons learned, UNESCO will support up to 5 countries to implement the Culture for Developement Indicators in order to demonstrate the Methodology’s potential impact on development strategies and create a “critical mass” of countries that have experience of the CDIS, which will serve as highly visible leverage.
  10. Advocacy and outreach (2011 – 2013)
    Drawing on the CDIS results from up to 15 countries, advocacy activities will make the case for culture’s contributions to development with leading development agencies and partners at international and national levels.
  11. Publication and diffusion of the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators (2014)
    The UNESCO Culture for Development Indicators is published in English, French and Spanish and widely disseminated to the development community.
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