The project “Influence of infrastructural projects in the field of culture conducted in Malopolska Region on the socio-economic environment” was undertaken by the Social Research Agency “Question Mark” at the request of the Marshal’s Office of Malopolska Region. The main objective of the study was to support the voivodeship (regional) self-government in shaping public policies, with particular emphasis on activities related to the development and implementation of regional programs in the areas of culture and cultural heritage.
The research included analysis of the impact made by infrastructural projects on 11 cultural institutions and their socio-economic environment. The project focused on the following institutions organised by the Marshal’s Office and projects financed from European Union funds.
The results of both the quantitative and qualitative research demonstrate that the investments had, and still have, an impact on citizens’ quality of life. Among 1088 citizens of cities or districts, where the institution is running, 51,9% respondents rated changes made by investment in a positive way (in the opinion of 0,6% the changes are negative), although almost half of those examined do not see any changes (47,9%).
CATI research included interviews with 167 entrepreneurs in total: 49,7% of them were from microenterprises, 12,6% small enterprises, 7,2% medium-sized business, and 30,5% self-employed respondents. More often than other research participants, entrepreneurs observe the positive impact of investment in the field of culture on the local economy. They see the impact especially in tourism development (36,6%).
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