Research framework

The outcomes of the ECoC Policy Group’s research strand are presented in the final report ‘An international framework of good practice in research and delivery of the European Capital of Culture programme’.

To access the report, please click here: ECoC Policy Group_Research Framework.

The report is the result of the ECoC Policy Gr0up, working together for one year (between August 2009 and July 2010) to produce recommendations for research and develop a research framework for European Capitals of Culture. The report can be used as a guideline for research and evaluation by cities hosting the title. The report may also serve as a guide for evaluation of other cultural initiatives.

Please leave your comments if you would like to give us feedback on the report. We would like to hear from you.

Happy reading!


Brussels event

It’s the end of the day at Brussels and the final event of the ECoC Policy Group went very well! Watch this space for updates and the odf version of our final report. There were plenty opportunities for discussions and the outcomes of the event will be presented soon.

Final event in Brussels tomorrow

Our last event is coming up and all of our Policy Group members will be gathering in Brussels tomorrow to present the outcomes of our discussions. We will be presenting a final research report and discussion around impact research on European Capitals of Culture will take place.

We are expecting 50 delegates at our event ‘What culture does for us: researching and evaluating European Capitals of Culture’ in Brussels. Watch this space for news from the event and, in particular, watch out for the final research report. You can already have a sneak preview at the cover of the report by clicking the following link: ECoC Policy Group_Cover.

Turku workshop_June 2010

We have been busy in Turku at our final workshop where we have been finalising the recommendations for a replicable research framework! It’s now almost two weeks since we are back and it’s heads down for the final touches. All will be ready for our event ‘WHAT CULTURE DOES FOR US: RESEARCHING AND EVALUATING EUROPEAN CAPITALS OF CULTURE’ in Brussels on 13 July 2010. You can still register for the event here: 

Turku is only 6 months away from its big European Capital of Culture year and here are some impressions from the city!

New reports on responses to Liverpool’s ECoC

Impacts 08 has just published two new reports on Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture in 2008:

  • Neighbourhood Impacts is a longitudinal research study into the impact of the Liverpool European Capital of Culture on local residents. It explores what local people felt about the Liverpool ECoC, their levels of cultural participation, and their perceptions of their city and some of its individual neighbourhoods.
  • Tourism and the business of culture gathers the views of small and medium-sized tourism businesses on the Liverpool ECoC, and is the result of in-depth interviews and an on-line survey of businesses within Liverpool and Merseyside’s visitor economy

Further reports are available on the publication section of the Impacts 08 website.  Happy reading!

Registration now open!

You can now register for the event ‘What Culture does for us: researching and evaluating European Capitals of Culture’ taking place on 13 July 2010 at the Istanbul Centre in Brussels.

To secure your place at this exciting event, please register your details on

What culture does for us’ is organised by members of the ECoC Policy Group. You can acess further details and the agenda for the day on the above website. Should you have any queries, please get in touch with the organisers by emailing Matti Allam on

Turku workshop reloaded

Our Turku workshop in April had to be cancelled due to the volcanic ash in the air which prevented us to fly over to Finland. We have now set a new date and members of our ECoC policy group will meet again on 17 June 2010. The workshop is open to members only but you will be able to read all about the outcomes of our work soon!

We have been busy writing up recommendations for a common research framework and the result will be available for download by July 2010. Stay tuned!