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National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (INCFC), subordinated to the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, is the only national institute that has such goals as studying, researching and providing statistical data for the field of culture, as well as the ongoing training of those who choose a career in the occupational sector of culture.

National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (INCFC), subordinated to the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, is the only national institute that has such goals as studying, researching and providing statistical data for the field of culture, as well as the ongoing training of those who choose a career in the occupational sector of culture.

Through all our activities, we support and legitimise the development of the cultural field in Romania. This is the reason why we address all types of cultural organisations, regardless of the level of subordination, with the purpose to collect and disseminate statistical data for the substantiation of the projects, as well as to support professional evolution within these organisations.

The institute aims at helping the authorities responsible for the draw-up of cultural policies and strategies, in order to support and elaborate coherent regulations of the system, as well as to study the impact of these measures at local and national level.

In the last years, the experts of the institute have conducted more than 70 studies and statistical analyses, have participated in 31 national and international conferences, have trained over 6000 beneficiaries coming from approximately 700 cultural institutions and have evaluated more than 4000 candidates within the evaluation sessions for various skills.

Among the beneficiaries there were: public cultural institutions subordinated to local or central authorities (museums, exhibition centres and organisations, cultural establishments, libraries, performing arts and concert institutions, non-governmental organisations), the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Commission – Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency, the National Authority for Scientific Research, UNITER (Theatre Union of Romania), the Commission for the Programme „Sibiu European Capital of Culture 2007”, ArCub (the Cultural Projects Centre of Bucharest).

Both the research and the training activities are validated by a specialised Scientific Council made of academics.

In 2015, INCFC was assigned to set the bases of the Satellite Account for Culture, a statistical method that aims at measuring the field and its economic impact, according to a pattern set by Eurostat. This important project, developed under the methodological supervision of the National Institute of Statistics, also aims at collecting, analysing and interpreting data in the cultural field.

In 2016, INCFC became the first Romanian member of ENCATC (European Network on Cultural Management and Policy) and active member in COMPENDIUM of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe – a European platform of applied research supported by CE/EricArts.

In September 2018, INCFC is organising the 26th ENCATC Congress of Cultural Management and Policies, in Bucharest, under the aegis of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the High Patronage of the President of Romania.

In 2018, National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (INCFC), together with the Ministry of Culture and National Identity have started the project UNESCO CDIS (Culture for Development Indicators). The UNESCO CDIS project is an innovative set of instruments that allows the building and analysis of 22 indicators revealing the multidimensional contribution of culture in the development processes. These indicators are grouped around seven activity sectors/ sustainable development dimensions. For the first time in Romania, CDIS will allow the measuring of culture’s contribution to the sustainable development processes, from various perspectives: economy, education, governance, social participation, gender equality, communication and heritage.

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