Project Title

Measuring the Social Dimension of Culture – MESOC

Project Goal

MESOC adapts and further develops a method for “transition based” impact assessment derived from a previous UNESCO Chair Publication, building a structural model of the Societal Dimension of Culture, as defined by one of the strategic objectives of the European Agenda.


1 February 2020 – 31January 2023


  • University of Valencia Econcult: Investgación en Economía de la Cultura y Turismo (Spain)
  • KEA European Affairs (Belgium)
  • Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (Italy)
  • University of Barcelona School of Economics and Business (Spain)
  • Relais Culture Europe (France)
  • City of Rijeka
  • Dimos Athinaion Epicheirisi Michanografisis (Greece)
  • City of Cluj Napoca | Cluj Cultural Centre (Romania)
  • Worldcrunch (France)
  • University of Rijeka (IT Department, University of Rijeka)


The following model will be applied in the project:

  1. Define the scope of research on the social value and impact of cultural policies and practices, based on the analysis of a collection of academic and institutional literature and define a set of case studies relevant to these three crossover topics: a) health and well-being, 2) urban and territorial renewal and 3) engagement of people and participation;
  2. Using the Delphi method, in cooperation with a large number of key institutional, academic and professional actors, determine a list of variables (indicators) of impact on crossover topics that reflect a fundamental approach to the analysed case studies;
  3. within 10 European cities (Athens, Barcelona, Cluj, Ghent, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Milan, Rijeka, Turku, Valencia and Warsaw) implement pilot research as an evaluation tool to assess the social value and impact of cultural policies and practices tied to the three crossover themes;
  4. propose a (framework) set of statistical sources (possibly including new ones that are practically and economically feasible) that could complement existing measures of social value and cultural impacts by adding their effects on personal well-being and health, citizen involvement and participation, urban identity and social cohesion.

Project result

The final, expected outcome of the project is free and open access, an online service (called MESOC Toolkit) that could be used by researchers and experts (the latter includes policy makers and cultural operators from all over the EU) to measure the social value and impact of cultural policies and practices.


  • Total project value: € 2,985,937.50 (100% EU funding)
  • Total project value for the City of Rijeka: EUR 147,500.00

Financed within

Horizon 2020 – EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme

Official site of the project

Contact person

City Office
Korzo 16, Rijeka
T. +385 51 209 524

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