Process for cultural policy development & strategy elaboration

  • Published: 28 Mar 2017 19:25
  • Author: Intercultura Consult

This document provides a basic outline. Concrete processes can be designed only in interaction with the specific context. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further

Julia Bardun, Petya Koleva – experts of Intercultura Consult ®  Images: Sofia Creative Partnership prject, Hristian Jovchev

1)      Definition of the goal (to facilitate local*cultural development) in four imperative action lines:


·        Mobilise attention and energy for cooperation by identifying local stakeholders and involving them in a joint process of policy development: authorities, public, private and civil society organizations, experts etc. (an inter-sectoral approach).

·        Strengthen cooperation by involving stakeholders into a participatory process of cultural planning in the particular district/regional/national context;

·        Identify local* cultural assets and potential (human resources, processes, organizations, projects, narratives, tangible and intangible heritage, unique artefacts, natural and urban environment etc.),

·        Discuss visions and the development opportunities as well as the obstacles which would be addressed in further strategic cultural planning.

*Local development is to be understood as one that is organic to the local context. It is in continuity with the specific legacy but also addresses new developments that affect each village, town, city, district, country or bigger regions as well.


2)      Process (seven key phases in brief):


1.      Establish a core team, the timeline and secure support for the process;

2.      Identify key stakeholders in local cultural development via a preliminary desk-research by a local coordinator;

3.      Involve key stakeholders in the cultural mapping and planning process. This includes several steps: a kick-off workshops with a training program on:cultural development agenda, mapping and cultural planning tools; a preliminary mapping exercise during the workshops and through individual work of the participants between the sessions;

4.      In-depth interviews with stakeholders and with focus groups from the local community(ies);

5.      Summarizing research outcome: summary (printed and online) plus analytical publication, presentation of the results to wider audiences including debates on potential policy priorities;

6.      Elaborating the respective policy documents (national, regional, local, organizational etc.) for local cultural development based on the identified assets. This involves strategic planning sessions, guided group work involving experts and stakeholders where the visions, development indicators, policy documents, strategic plans, action plans develop.

7.      Finalizing the process: public debates > final documents > adoption (start of implementation)

The implementation phase is not covered in this document but forms part of the strategic vision in the policy paper and its plan of action.