MESOC is studying the impact of cultural policies related to 3 crossover themes in 11 European city pilots, 5 of them with a more pronounced summative view (survey-style laboratories) and 6 more with a formative perspective (build-up laboratories).
The 5 survey-style laboratories are: Cluj-Napoca for the Health and Wellbeing theme, Rijeka for the Urban and Territorial Renovation theme, and Athens for the People’s Engagement and Participation theme. In addition, the cities of Lublin and Jerez de la Frontera are acting as external testbeds, one by testing the AU Culture Platform, the other by exploring the cross-cutting themes of health and well-being and urban regeneration.
The 6 build-up laboratories are: Turku and Valencia for the Health and Well-being theme, Milano and Issy-les-Moulineaux for the Urban and Territorial Renovation theme, Barcelona and Gent for the People’s Engagement and Participation theme.
This methodology uses a collection of relevant cultural projects and initiatives to extract the most appropriate transition variables and indicators in retrospect, trying to analyse what have been the critical success factors in determining the final outcomes of the selected transition pathway(s).
This methodology establishes a policy dialogue with public officials and top/middle managers in charge of culture at city level, to define a suitable group of ongoing/forthcoming projects and initiatives, with the aim of identifying the key transition variables in each case, and to propose indicators to measure the societal impacts of those activities.