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Turku's response to the first monitoring and evaluation



Evaluation commissioned by European Commission considers Turku's year a success


Resume of the Commission's Evaluation Report by Turku:

"Annually, the European Commission commissions an external evaluation of the European Capitals of Cultural for each respective year. The evaluations of Tallinn and Turku were published in December 2012 on the Commission's website. The evaluation has been made by British consulting company ECORYS. Below are some key conclusions from the report translated into Finnish.

The section of the report on Turku 2011 concludes by stating that the European Capital of Culture year in Turku succeeded in achieving most of the targets set by the city, in particular those relating to developing international connections, well-being and the evaluation programme.

The report also concludes that it is evident that the development of Logomo has contributed to the development of Turku's creative economy, even if the outcomes of creative economy development will only become clear later.

One key factor of success of the year has been the increase of co-operation between several interest groups in the city. The report states that this type of co-operation will be carried on both unofficially and through creating new networks and associations. In this context, the report mentions the new support association for the Aurajoki Network and the Neighbourhood Weeks.

The report states that Turku succeeded in supporting grassroot organisations in the city that helped to bring culture closer to the people. Turku 2011 challenged traditional views on culture by stating that culture does not exist exclusively in established cultural operators but it can also enrich the residents' everyday life. Accessibility was also an essential aspect in the cultural programme.

Increased visibility abroad was one essential success factor in the Capital of Culture year in Turku. Turku's visibility was greater than ever before. The report also records that stable administrative structures and policies were another essential success factor.

To what extent the outcomes of the year 2011 will become permanent within the next few years will, according to the conclusions of the report, play an important part in how the success of the year is felt locally and nationally.

“The extent to which the results achieved will be sustained during the next couple of years will be of key importance of perceptions of success locally and nationally. The long-term impact was seen as one of the core motivations and rationale for hosting the title in Turku and a significant amount of the budget was reserved for implementation of this sustainability strategy. To address this, considerable effort was put into the development of the sustainability strategy early in 2011. Moreover, consideration of the ways of supporting long-term development of the cultural programme was a part of the initial planning process. This resulted in the Production Support Team aiming to increase long-term capacity of cultural organisations to deliver similar projects in the future.” (Final Report, pages 61–62)"



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