Synoptic Results of the survey 2017

Synoptic Results of the survey 2017

CulturePolis sent to the municipalities the synoptic results of the survey “Cultural Strategy of Greek Cities”, which was repeated for a second year with the purpose of accumulating comparable data. The survey was conducted electronically and focused on the self-evaluation questionnaire that details their cultural course and its impact.

In 2017, 58 municipalities evaluated their cultural course, with an average ranking of 4,7 / 9 in the total number of self-assessment questions, slightly exceeding the average score of 4,5 / 9 of 2016.

This score ranks all Greek municipalities at the beginning of the “Developing” stage, with several natural deviations, considered reasonable.


Some elements of the methodology

The self- assessment questionnaire was designed based on the model of the “Agenda 21 for culture”, adopted in 2004 by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) organization and

promotes the design of cultural policies related to sustainable development. Based on the above model, Municipalities are invited to evaluate their cultural strategy-policy (Under-Developed / Developing / Advanced), ranking in their sole discretion the development stage of their municipality in each of the 100 suggested topics. These are then grouped under nine commitments, in order to assess their cultural position within the context of sustainable development.

The 9 commitments are as follow:

  1. Cultural Rights
  2. Heritage, Diversity and Creativity
  3. Culture and Education
  4. Culture and Environment
  5. Culture and Economy
  6. Culture, Equality and Social Inclusion
  7. Culture, Spatial Planning and Public Space
  8. Culture, Information and Knowledge
  9. Governance of Culture

Self-evaluation results 2017

  • General commentary

Out of the total of 58 municipalities that were self-assessed in 2017, 31 have already participated in the Self-assessment process in 2016. Impressive was the increase in (6th) Commitment No. 6: Culture, Equality and Social Inclusion as well as in Commitment No. 9: Governance of Culture.


  • Overall conclusion 2017 – compared to 2016: The municipalities generally ranked their level in a comparatively higher position, with regards to the triptych “Heritage, Diversity, Creativity” – denoting a rise compared to 2016, while a lower score in “Culture and Economy”.


We would like to thank the 58 Municipalities who participated in the study and provided us with invaluable data and especially, the 31 municipalities that participated in both years’ studies, completing the questionnaires and contributing to the survey results (Red color). Their help was invaluable. CulturePolis is studying the best practices to help municipalities that have expressed their  interest for a more effective cultural strategy.

What’s next

The 58 municipalities that participated in the 2017 survey (Self-evaluation questionnaire) will receive the analytical results of the survey with notes for each question, where specific deviations are noticed.

The 31 municipalities that participated in both years  2016 & 2017 will also receive the comparative data concerning their Municipality, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of their cultural strategy.

After the summer period, a special event will be organized by CulturePolis, in which the final analytical results will be presented. All municipalities and the cultural institutions helping along the development and strategy of the Municipalities will be invited to discuss ways and means of development in this field.

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