Measuring Cultural Participation

UNESCO Institute for Statistics,
15 January 2013, Canada

While cultural expressions are alive and ever-changing, models to gauge their impact have not kept pace. How can we measure cultural acts, such as partaking in a traditional ceremony, playing an instrument or visiting a museum virtually? In today’s world of technological advances, how does the Internet affect cultural practices?

Steering away from the traditional view of cultural practices, this new report presents current trends in measuring cultural participation. By focusing mainly on quantitative approaches, it presents an overview of data collection instruments from around the world before identifying best practices for the design of new surveys, especially in developing countries. This is the second handbook in a new series intended to help governments implement the 2009 Framework for Cultural Statistics.