National Institute for Cultural Research and Training (INCFC), subordinated to the Ministry of Culture, 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 (Culturadata), subordinated to the Ministry of Culture, 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.
Culturadata focuses on providing specialised know-how for central and local authorities and all types of cultural organisations, offering open access to research studies, statistical tools and cultural training programs. 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 99 studies and statistical analyses, have participated in more than 50 national and international conferences, have trained over 8000 beneficiaries coming from approximately 700 cultural institutions and have evaluated more than 7500 candidates within the evaluation sessions for various skills.
Among the beneficiaries, there were: public cultural institutions subordinated to the local or central authorities (museums, organisations and exhibition centers, cultural centers, libraries, performing arts or concert institutions, nongovernmental organisations), private cultural organisations, universities and academics, etc. Over the years, Culturadata beneficiary categories have steadily diversified. Since 2019, new categories of beneficiaries have been added from other countries, from the areas of institutional or private creative sectors, as well as cultural and educational professionals who prefer to access the studies on the website or interactive platforms.
Both the research and the training activities are validated by a specialised Scientific Council made of academics.
In September 2018, Culturadata organised the 16th ENCATC Congress of Cultural Management and Policies, in Bucharest, unfolded under the aegis of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the High Patronage of the President of Romania. In 2022, another international event organised by the Institute in Bucharest was the 5th General Assembly of Members of the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends, preceded by the International Cultural Policy Conference.
Another important initiative of Culturadata was the implementation of the Culture for Development Indicators (UNESCO CDIS), in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and, in 2022, Culturadata together with the partners: the Ministry of Culture, the City Hall of Cluj-Napoca, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Cultural Centre have successfully implemented the UNESCO Culture | 2030 Indicators project, an important step in measuring and monitoring the progress of cultural contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals at national and local level.