The Organic Law of Citizen Participation sees observatories as one of the mechanisms for public management participation. Its objective is to "prepare diagnoses, briefs and reports independently and with technical criteria, in order to promote, evaluate, monitor and supervise the compliance with public policies" (Art. 79).
Article 26 (On the duties and powers of the governing body of the National Culture System), paragraph (m) of the Organic Law of Culture states that the Ministry of Culture and Heritage primarily has the power to investigate, promote and manage the Comprehensive Cultural Information System through the monitoring and evaluation of production practices, circulation and dynamics of the culture economy.
In this sense, the Ministry encourages the establishment of observatories in the academic space, since they are feedback mechanisms on the implementation of public policies.
That is why the Ministry signed an agreement with the Private Technical University of Loja to promote a Cultural Observatory, which collectscultural information during the International Festival of Living Arts in Loja. It should be noted that this observatory belongs to this University's network of observatories (13 in total).
A preliminary report was presented on the research carried out during the 2019 International Festival Living Arts in Loja. This report presents results on: artistic training, vocational training, distribution and occupation of cultural infrastructures, works presented and their characteristics, citizen participation, and gender equality.
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Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (Private Technical University of Loja)
Fundación para el Desarrollo Empresarial y Social (Business and Social Development Foundation)