30.-31. May 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Narodni muzej – Metelkova, Maistrova ulica 1, Ljubljana

Slovenian Evaluation Society and Ministry of Culture RS have organized in cooperation with Guest presents a Workshop on Smart Heritage Protection, with the valuable support of ICOMOS Slovenia, CIOFF Slovenija, Creative Europe Slovenia, CMEPIUS Slovenia. Guest presenters were Mrs. Ana Schoebel, Council of Europe, responsible for the implementation of the CoE’s European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st century, Mrs. Urša Šolc, Geological Survey Slovenia (Adria Wealth project), and Mrs. Polona Abram, Directrice of the Javni Zavod Komenski Kras, Štanjel. The following presenters contributed on the side of the organizers: Dr. Jelka Pirkovič, mag. Ksenija Kovačec Naglič, Directrice General of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture and Bojan Radej, Slovenian Evaluation Society.

The background of the Workshop is the following: The Council of Europe (CoE) has recently adopted the ‘Strategy for the cultural heritage in Europe in the 21st Century’ that is recommended as a model for all 47 member states. The Strategy takes an entirely new and innovative – interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to heritage policy. It involves new intervention logic that relies on synergies among heritage stakeholders. The new approach is ‘smart’ in the sense that it its content is integrative, inclusive for stakeholders and also financially favourable.

The Workshop was attended by 38 participants from the UK, Iceland, France, Belgium, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.

The aim of the Workshop was to transfer the new tool for programming and evaluation of heritage policies, programs and projects in line with new CoE’s Cultural Heritage Strategy. The participants were familiarised with new intervention logic, they learned how new approach works on practical examples and then also tried to rework their own heritage projects into new intervention logic. By acquiring new knowledge, skills and tools, participants gained the capacity to formulate their projects in a more efficient way and with clear guidelines on how to provide for synergies in the area of heritage management (either increase heritage PPP impact on non-heritage sectors or non-heritage sectors’ impacts on heritage PPP). The more horizontal approach can importantly enhance heritage management with streamlining financial and human resources.

The Workshop program consisted of four modules with interactivity increasing from first to the last module: presentation of the strategy, new intervention logic, case studies and practical work of participants (assignments). The interactive work enabled participants through the workshop discussion to acquire more meaningful guidelines for the future work in the promotion of the new strategy and its practical implementation. Some operational aspects were identified that require clarification by the authors of the Strategy as a precondition for more effective implementation:

  • Translation from the Leopold’s Matrix to the Venn diagram is not entirely precise and some corrections would be necessary.
  • the Leopold’s Matrix clearly reveals rather centrist conception of the Strategy, where focus is given on vertical concerns (majority of x’s is on the diagonal). In this regard a question can be raised if ‘x’ represents only major impacts and if the Matrix really distinguishes between direct (on the diagonal) and indirect impacts (non-diagonal). Indirect impacts need not to be large in size, but they are nevertheless important because they are present everywhere. The Matrix could be in fact much better and more balanced covered with ‘x’ if also indirect impacts are systematically included.
  • Users and other stakeholders who aim to translate the European Strategy into their national documents will require support environment and operational tools for the implementation of the Strategy, including a set of indicators (from output and outcome to impact indicators), and standardised surveys for evaluation of the efficiency, effectiveness and synergy of the heritage policy impacts.
  • For the effective promotion and implementation of the Strategy practical evaluation examples on how to assess the synergy of heritage multifarious policy measures is needed.
  • The workshop participants agreed to establish a network of practitioners (LinkedIn) that would serve as a core of the support network that could later be expanded to practitioners from all CoE member states.

The Ministry for Culture of the RS co-organized the Workshop by co-financing a part of non-organizational costs of the event; on this account 7 participants from the Ministry attended the Workshop with no fee charged. The Ministry also contributed a presentation. The Ministry, however does not take responsibility for the program implementation and for the quality of the event.


Photo by Narodni Muzej – Metelkova, participants of the Workshop, 31. May 2017.


Key links:

‘European Cultural Heritage Strategy for the 21st Century’ http://www.coe.int/en/web/culture-and-heritage/strategy-21

Workshop program: https://www.sdeval.si/2-uncategorised/612-workshop-smart-heritage-protection-30-31-may-ljubljana

Supporting papers: In English, French (send request to bradej@gmail.com)


List of participants:

  1. Polona Abram, Director, Javni Zavod Komenski Kras, Štanjel, Slovenia
  2. Matea Brajko, City of Zagreb, Office for EU Programmes and Projects, Zagreb, Croatia
  3. Tina Bratuša, Private, Slovenia
  4. Tanja Černe, mag., Ministry of Culture, Slovenia
  5. Barbara Chiarelli, arch., University of Trieste, Dprt. of Engeneering and Architecture, Italy
  6. Irena Đokić, Dr., Ekonomski instititut, Zagreb, Croatia
  7. lnes Franov Beoković, City of Zagreb, Office for EU Programmes and Projects, Croatia
  8. Claire Giraud-Labalte , Dr. prof. Emeritus, Member of the Research Center on the Travel Literature; ENCATC Ambassador on Heritage, France
  9. Nika Gričar, Private, Slovenia
  10. Katarina Groznik Zeiler, Dr., Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
  11. Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir, Director General, National Museum of Iceland, Iceland
  12. Sonja Ifko, Dr., ICOMOS Slovenija, Slovenia
  13. Maja Jeglič, Ministry of Culture, Slovenia
  14. Tanja Kos, Creative Europe Desk Slovenia, Slovenia
  15. Ksenija Kovačec Naglič, MSc., Director General, Cultural Heritage Directorate, Ministry of Culture RS, Slovenia
  16. Zvezda Koželj, MSc., Institute of the protection of cultural heritage of Slovenia, Slovenia
  17. Kaja Latinović, Private, Slovenia
  18. Tatjana Lolić, Head of Sector, Ministry of Culture, Sector for Conservation Departments and Inspection, Zagreb, Croatia
  19. Ines Lupše, Mag., Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia, Slovenia
  20. Lili Mahne, Cerknica, Slovenia
  21. Barbara Mlakar, Cultural Heritage Directorate, Ministry of Culture, Slovenia,
  22. Tomaž Pipan, Dr., Biotechnical Faculty, Department for Landscape Architecture, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  23. Jelka Pirkovič, Dr., member of Strategy 21 working group, former State Secretary at Ministry of Culture, Slovenia
  24. Matic Primc, Private, Slovenia
  25. Bojan Radej, Researcher, Slovenian Evaluation Society, Slovenia
  26. Klemen Ramovš, Director, Ars Ramovš, Slovenia
  27. Ivana Rašić Bakarić, Dr., Ekonomski instititut, Zagreb, Croatia
  28. Ana Schoebel, Strategy 21, Council of Europe, France
  29. Jevgeni Sergalin, Int org for Falconry, and Conservation of Birds of Prey, Belgium
  30. Aleš Smrekar, Dr., Geographical Institute, Research Centre of the SASA, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  31. Urška Šolc, Researcher, Geological Survey Slovenia, Slovenia
  32. Sabina Spanjol, Javni Zavod Sotočje Medvode, Slovenia
  33. Jana Šubic Prislan, MSc., representing E.C.C.O., Belgium
  34. Marijana Sumpor, Dr., Ekonomski instititut, Zagreb, Croatia
  35. Anđelina Svirčić Gotovac, Dr., Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Croatia
  36. Hilary Wyatt, PhD Researcher, Welsh School of Architecture, United Kingdom
  37. Franco Zanini, Dr., scientist in charge, Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Basovizza, Italy
  38. Gojko Zupan MSc., Ministry of Culture, Slovenia

Report prepared by: Bojan Radej, Jelka Pirkovič