| In course of the proceeding
development of the Policies for Culture programme, the area of cultural
policy research has been identified as a key priority to be addressed. This
decision was based on being aware of an immanent gap of communication between
the research sector on one hand as well as policy makers and public administration
on the other. This leads to an often arbitrary character of decision-making
in the field of cultural policy. Throughout the entire SEE region there
is an urgent need for independent research to evaluate policies and their
actual impact and to use research results as a basis for good quality decision-making.
In 2004 and 2005, Policies for Culture specifically addressed this area
by the means of a Task Force for Cultural Policy Research.
The Task Force aimed to use the rich pool of knowledge and expertise
represented by the PfC network in order to respond to the strong need
for consistent and professional reflection, analysis and research in the
field of cultural policies in the region.
· raising awareness and advocate for the need for independent research,
and create stronger links between policy makers and the research community;
· promoting regional networking in the field, i.e. the binding
of research institutions (research institutes, universities, documentation
centers, foundations, experts) that are already engaged on these issues
and the development of research consortia;
· developing research capacities in the SEE countries;
· identifying and address key topics and areas, as well as best
practices in this field, thus providing a more coherent overview of the
region in the area of cultural policy-making.
In view of its further establishment a Consultative Group for the Task
Force has been set up. The members of the group are: Vesna Copic (Head
of the Cultural Policies Department, Ministry of Culture, Slovenia); Milena
Dragicevic-Sesic (Rector of the University of Arts, Belgrade); Vjeran
Katunaric (Professor of Sociology at Zagreb University of Philosophy);
Yavor Koynakov (Director of the Euro-Bulgarian Cultural Centre, Sofia);
Corina Suteu (President of ECUMEST, head of the Cultural Management Unit
at Institut de l'Homme et de la Technologie, Nantes).
For more details about the Task Force's activities and initiatives consult
its 2004 Agenda.