Why is the ECP Monitor Needed?
The growing importance of external cultural policy, increasing number of countries with explicit ECP strategies, and more competitive geopolitical climate brings with it a greater need for more comprehensive, systematic and up-to-date information. Specifically, data and information are needed to cover a country´s ECP objectives, strategies, instruments and resources.
Unfortunately, current information and data systems have not kept up with these needs. There are major gaps in coverage across fields and countries, and serious issues of comparability remain. As a result, policymakers, analysts and practitioners alike face an incomplete evidence base, which limits the understanding of current ECP approaches and hinders effective policymaking.
The purpose of the ECP Monitor is to fill these glaring data gaps. The ECP Monitor, once fully developed, will enable policymakers in the conception, planning, implementation and evaluation of ECP strategies, and to do so with comparative and long-term perspectives in mind. It will also serve the data needs of researchers interested in the comparative analysis of ECP, and its relationship with other aspects of foreign policy and international affairs more broadly.