Observatoire de la Culture et des Communications du Québec (OCCQ) has announced the release of a new publication: “A System of Indicators for Culture and Communications in Québec. Part One: Conception and Concerted Development of the Indicators.” The French version of the document was published in 2007.
The first part of the paper focuses on the theory and methodology that helped define the 14 priority indicators used to measure key cultural development trends in Québec society.
The foreword to the document explains that “Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Quebec was established having firm mandates to develop an integrated system of statistics accounting for the complete scope of culture and communications; to document the size and importance of culture and communications within a modern society; and to promote understanding of major trends in the international arena … The cultural sector is in a state of change; cultural offerings are increasing; the evident presence of cultural diversity means considering international exchange is a strategic element; and, our way of life is undergoing the effects of an aging population. For this context the OCCQ is taking upon itself the goal of supplying the cultural sector and public decision-makers [with] a tool which can portray our culture in a broad overview and will thus aid in making decisions.”
The French version of the document is entitled “Le système d'indicateurs de la culture et des communications au Québec. Première partie: Conceptualisation et élaboration concertée des indicateurs” and can be ordered from OCCQ. The French and English versions of the document can be downloaded from the OCCQ website.