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UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics

Accurate, comparable data are needed to better measure the impact and relevance of cultural policies and initiatives. The 2009 framework addresses this need by defining culture for statistical measurement purposes. Developed by the UIS in close collaboration with UNESCO's Cultural Sector, the framework replaces the 1986 version.


Designed for international and national application, the main goal of the 2009 framework is to facilitate comparisons through a common understanding of culture by using standardized definitions and classifications. It reflects global changes in technology, our understanding of fundamental cultural issues, advances in measurement and progression in cultural policy priorities that have occurred since the 1986 framework. The methodology is based on new and diverse perspectives on cultural statistics.


Also available in the Mongolian and in Vietnamese language.


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