Elements for impact assessment of cultural heritage and community well-being. A qualitative study on Casentino’s Eco-museum

Glenda Galeotti

Abstract


The growing interest in the impact assessment of cultural heritage has generated a diversity of approaches often focusing mainly on the economic dimension. However, if we consider the cultural heritage as a common and relational good, any activity aimed at promoting its educational, social and economic values needs to produce benefi ts for the community in which the good is located. Therefore, we must necessarily resort to other concepts and tools for measuring the impact of valorisation activities of cultural heritage on community well-being. We must also consider the value for community members. This article illustrates a qualitative research carried out through a case study with the direct involvement of local stakeholders (multi-stakeholder approach). This introductory study is part of a wider research program that the author is currently developing. In accordance with the Quality of Life studies, the main result of the research is the defi nition of elements useful to the impact assessment produced by the valorisation of cultural heritage, in terms of well-being of local communities.

Il crescente interesse nella valutazione di impatto del patrimonio culturale ha generato una diversità di approcci, spesso incentrati sulla dimensione economica. Se però si considera il patrimonio culturale come bene comune e relazionale, qualsiasi attività volta a promuovere il suo valore educativo, sociale ed economico deve essere in grado di produrre benefi ci per la comunità in cui il bene si trova. È necessario, dunque, ricorrere a concetti e strumenti in grado di misurare l’impatto delle attività di valorizzazione del patrimonio sul benessere della comunità locale, considerando anche il valore attribuitogli dalla stessa. Questo articolo illustra una ricerca qualitativa realizzata attraverso un caso di studio con il coinvolgimento
diretto degli attori locali (approccio multi-stakeholder). Si tratta di uno studio introduttivo ad un percorso di ricerca più ampio e articolato che l’autrice sta sviluppando. In accordo con gli studi sulla Qualità della Vita, il principale risultato della ricerca è la defi nizione di elementi utili alla valutazione dell’impatto prodotto dalla valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale in termini di benessere della comunità locale.


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