Research activity

The studies are conducted by an inter-disciplinary team, made of experts in management, statistics, sociology, art, history, marketing, cultural anthropology, political sciences and economy.

The Research team is interdisciplinary, being made up of specialists in management, art, history, sociology, marketing, cultural anthropology, political science and economics.

The most important research activity carried out by INCFC is the Cultural Consumption Barometer. At the same time, our researchers have consistently adapted to the demands of the constantly changing cultural market and have carried out studies such as: Cultural Vitality of Romanian Cities, Cultural Life Index in Romania, Comparative Statistics of the Cultural Sector, Sponsorship in the Field of Culture, Contribution of Sectors Cultural and Creative at the National Economy, Foreign Trade of Creative and Cultural Goods.

INCFC, upon request, engages in:

  • Impact studies for festivals, cultural programs, promotion campaigns, artistic events that contain, among other things, a cost-benefit analysis of the services offered and measure the effect on the target group.
  • Market studies related to the consumer profile, cultural capital or analysis of perception and visibility.
  • Audience / market studies especially dedicated to the performing arts organizations that can thus identify ways to attract the public, but also what their needs are.
  • Tracking and timing studies especially dedicated to museums and art galleries that can identify ways to increase the number of visitors and notoriety, but also how to improve their position in the market compared to their competitors.
  • Cultural management analyses that involve identifying the differences between them and competitors, positioning them on the market and providing impartial information for a management strategy that determines the increase of the income and the diversification of the financing sources.
  • Case studiesfor cultural projects that analyse the issues that have been the basis of the success or failure of a cultural project, identify the problems and provide solutions to solve them.

The research activity is coordinated by a Specialty Council (Scientific Council), formed of personalities who occupy top positions in the higher education of cultural and artistic specialty, in cultural institutions, as well as in the field of research or continuous professional training.

The results of INCFC’s research and studies are promoted via Culturadata Interactiv, an interactive data visualisation platform, launched by INCFC in January 2018. The platform provides graphs, tables, maps, statistics on the multiannual evolution and national, regional and county distribution of these indicators, and it consists of sections that provide a coherent and explicit image both on the public infrastructure (the network of public cultural institutions in the territory) and on the population’s cultural consumption.


The National Institute for Cultural Research and Training processes personal data for the purpose of “opinion polls, studies and research”, in accordance with the legislation in force, respectively Law no. 677/2001 for the protection of persons regarding the processing of personal data and the free movement of this data, as subsequently amended and supplemented.

Ongoing researches

1. Trends in cultural consumption during the pandemic

The study Trends in cultural consumption during the pandemic is an opinion poll on various topics related to culture, on a nationally representative sample (2000 respondents), which includes two semi-annual editions:

  • Edition I, study conducted for the period 06.2020 – 28.08.2020, available on the Culturadata Interactiv platform;
  • Second edition, study conducted for the period 01.10.2020- 01.12.2020.

 The survey aims to reveal the forecast of cultural consumption in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic. The study Trends of cultural consumption during the pandemic includes two major categories of information collected:

  • socio-demographic characteristics;
  • the topic of pre-pandemic cultural consumption and cultural consumption estimates over the next 6 months.

2. Cultural Sector Registry

The Cultural Sector Registry aims to inventory the entities that operate in the cultural field and that are part of the following categories: non-governmental organizations and commercial companies that operate in the cultural field. Thus, the Registry includes data on the field, type and volume of activity, as well as on human resources.

Also, the Cultural Sector Registry aims to identify specialists in the cultural field. The collection covers information on the field of activity of cultural workers, their professional training, as well as their status in the labour market.

These data are supplemented by information collected through two questionnaires aimed at identifying the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis on the work of cultural NGOs and artists and cultural workers, and how these effects can be mitigated.

3. Digital culture

The Digital Culture study aims to identify the main digital technologies used in professional activity and the main training needs regarding the use of digital technology for staff in public cultural institutions (museums, libraries and entertainment institutions).

To achieve the objectives proposed by this research, we use the triangulation method. The study includes a quantitative research tool – a questionnaire, which was conducted on employees of public cultural institutions. The second research tool used includes an evaluation form through which we aim to evaluate the online activity on the websites of public cultural institutions in urban areas in Romania.

The main objective is to identify the degree of presence in the online space of cultural institutions and to observe how these institutions carry out their activity in relation to the public. In order to have an overall perspective, we will analyse cultural institutions of national, county, municipal and local importance.

4. Study on the potential of professional insertion of students and graduates with artistic profiles

The objectives of the study:

  • Identifying the potential for professional insertion of students and graduates of artistic faculties;

  • Collecting information about the profile of students in artistic faculties;

  • Making comparisons at national level between university centers.