Public Forum and consultation: Vital Signs, Melbourne, March 2014

Cultural indicators for Australia: local and national approaches, 13 March, 2014, RMIT University

What to measure and how to measure it has been an ongoing challenge in the cultural sector. The Vital Signs public forum organized by Arts Victoria and the Cultural Development Network in March 2014 provided an opportunity for stakeholders to share information about the collection and use of cultural data. This formed part of national consultations on the Vital Signs paper on national cultural indicators.

The excellent attendance from a wide range of sector representatives, from local, to state and federal government; arts practitioners, arts organisations, consultants and researchers was very pleasing, as was the quality of discussion and engagement with the issue of cultural indicators. A report from the event summarising the main points made by the speakers and the discussion about Vital Signs, and a list of resources about cultural data that were discussed on the day are available here.

Also available are powerpoint presentations from all the speakers

• Andrew Middleton, M, NCCRS, ABS – ABS’ practices of data collection

• Judy Morton, Arts Victoria – About Vital Signs: Draft national cultural indicators

• John Smithies, Cultural Development Network – Local government data collection, and the National Local Government Cultural Forum

• Kim Dunphy, Cultural Development Network – forum attendees’ data collection and usage practices

Vital Signs –  Event report and summary

Vital Signs: Cultural Indicators for Australia: document for consultation

Details of resources about cultural data can be found on the complementary Resource Sheet.