The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and culture (MOTAC) in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has organised a two-day workshop for selected staff of MOTAC, agencies and GSS to review the questionnaire developed for the data collection on the Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.
The workshop was held in Accra from Monday 24th – Wednesday 25 October 2022. The objective of the data collection exercise is to enhance decision-making and national planning purposes.
Speaking at the opening session on behalf of the Chief Director, Mrs Mabel Cudjoe, Director in charge of Research, Statistics and Information Management said the non-availability of data on the sector has impeded information in a measured and systematic manner to ensure accurate data analysis.
She added that data collection for the sector can help measure the general situation.
She noted that when data is gathered and analysed credibly over time it becomes possible to measure progress, success, or the lack of it.
She, therefore, thanked participants for availing themselves of the exercise and urged them to contribute meaningfully to the process when called upon.
The workshop was facilitated by Dr Richard Fio-Commey, Director in charge of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the National Commission of Culture.
He took participants through the twenty – paged questionnaires which captures the twelve domains identified under Arts and Culture industry in Ghana in the following areas: Cultural Heritage Institutions / Establishment, Performing Arts (Industry), Visual Arts/Applied Arts, Radio and Television institutions, New Media and Creative Services, Literary Arts Facility, Shows/Concerts/Events, Academic and Training institutions, Film and Screen industry, Publications, Interdisciplinary Arts and Arts Events facility.
Day one of the training was used to review the questionnaire and the second day was used for the validation of inputs and corrections.
At the end of the two-day exercise, it was agreed that another training session had to be organized to put together a manual, which would serve as a guide for enumerators for the data collection.
SOURCE: MOTAC PR