The Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy
The Indicator Framework on Culture and Democracy (IFCD) is a tool for assessing and optimising cultural policies on the basis of reliable, comparative data and for examining links between culture and democracy within and among Council of Europe member states.
The IFCD collects data on culture and democracy starting with a set of dimensions, or analytical lenses, for each domain, further broken down into one or more components (currently 17), each comprising a number of indicators (currently 41) that at the moment summarise more than 170 variables on 37 Council of Europe member states. (More information, countries and time points will be incorporated as data and resources become available.) The wealth of information contained in the IFCD enables policy makers and other users to examine their country's position in terms of culture and democracy and thereby identify opportunities for policy intervention.
The IFCD has been developed by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) and with support from the European Cultural Foundation and member states. It results from decisions taken by the 2013 Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture on "Governance of Culture – Promoting Access to Culture", where ministers agreed to launch work on indicators of the impact of cultural activities on democracy as well as the economic efficiency of financing culture.
The scores that are presented are calculated using z-score transformation, which assigns all underlying variables a mean of zero and a standard deviation of one. This makes it easy to identify countries that perform above (positive scores) and below (negative scores) the average for the entire set of countries in the framework.