Culture and Creativity Observatory is an integrated tool designed to monitor the CCIs sector of the Emilia-Romagna region.
From the 90s onwards, the Cultural and Creative Sector has caught the attention of a large number of stakeholders: CCIs are considered an important catalyst for innovation, a fertile domain and a pivotal element to foster social impact. In fact, they were included in the Smart Specialization Strategy of Emilia-Romagna as a high-growth potential sector.
Due to the growing relevance of this domain at a European, national and regional level, political institutions and organizations have started reflecting on the best tools that could be adopted to analyse, monitor and collect data on cultural policies and activities; observatories, research and documentation centres. The aim being the improvement of decision-making processes and the development of tailor-made measures to support the growth of this sector.
The Culture and Creativity Observatory was designed and created in light of the aforementioned framework. This instrument intends to improve accessibility to information, which is fostered by a shared governance model. Indeed, this tool is managed by ART-ER, the Performing Arts Observatory and the Cultural Heritage Observatory of the Emilia-Romagna Region.
Having different players working together enables to:
- facilitate interconnections among databases
- integrate information to monitor the sector from a wider perspective and track the latest trends
- asses the policy measures put in place by identifying the points of weakness and encouraging actions responding to the needs of the sector
Data and information are available on this website in multiple formats with the aim of addressing the curiosity of a diversified audience:
- the cultural and creative ecosystem adopts a narrative approach, it outlines the characteristics and dynamics of regional CCIs through seven thematic areas so as to provide an integrated picture of this secor;
- data visualizations are based on statistical information and allow for the discovery of this field through interactive graphics;
- research consists of publications drafted to explore specific issues and tendencies characterizing the sector.
The Observatory targets a heterogeneous audience:
- Policy-makers: to provide regional administrators with tools supporting them in the evaluation of sectoral policies to quickly understand current trends and implement effective actions for CCIs development;
- Intermediaries and professionals: to help them define guidelines and strategies for the growth of the sector through concrete data and information;
- General public: to better communicate cultural and creative initiatives to a wider community, so as to promote the relevance of this field for the territory, in terms of social and economic impacts.