Foundation for Cultural Policy Research and CUPORE - center for cultural policy research

Foundation for Cultural Policy Research and CUPORE - center for cultural policy research

The Foundation for Cultural Policy Research was founded in 2002 on the initiative of the University of Jyväskylä and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. The Ministry of Education and Culture was one of the initiators behind the establishment of the Foundation and is responsible for the financing of its research projects.

The purpose of the Foundation is to monitor developments in both Finnish and international cultural policy and to promote research in the field. To implement its mandate the Foundation maintains a research centre called the Center for Cultural Policy Research, better known by the acronym CUPORE. CUPORE’s mandate includes the production and dissemination of reliable information applicable to cultural policy decision making and the promotion of important research and expert opinion by way of research projects and training in the field.

CUPORE is located in the city centre of Helsinki. It co-ordinates the Foundation’s research and ensures co-operation with other relevant national and international organisations and research institutes. The Foundation operates using a relatively small group of researchers but finances research carried out on a contractual basis at universities research centres and by groups of experts. The foundation also participates in joint international projects for which it seeks financing from the EU, for example.

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Board of the Foundation for Cultural Policy Research

The board of the Foundation defines the general guidelines of its activities, approves appropriations and financial plans and employs its staff and researchers. The Foundations advisory board evaluates its activities and gives expert advice on research policy.

Members of the Board in 2015-2017 are:

Eva-Maria Hakola, Head of Development, Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Mirja Liikkanen, Head of Research, Statistics Finland

Sirpa Moitus, Counsellor of Evaluation, Finnish Education Evaluation Centre

Leo Pekkala, Deputy Director, National Audiovisual Institute

Professor Miikka Pyykkönen, University of Jyväskylä

Professor Outi Uusitalo, University of Jyväskylä