عنوان مقاله [English]
One of the most important Arrangements in cultural management and planning is Understanding and careful assessment of the current culture that is based on criteria or tools is called cultural indices. But cultural complexity and multiplicity of elements As well as foundations and different views on this issue has made Cultural indices as a serious problem. Because for cultural assessment from the beginning, we are faced with the question: What are the criteria or indicators to measure culture, and what features should have. Rather, what is the origin of these indicators and how and by what logic they can be designed and determined. The basic answer to this question needs pay Attention to the principles and foundations of society culture and using past experiences Along with critical reviews of previous and current indices. In this article that is derived from a larger study, after presenting the theoretical concepts and principles, As well as review the existing indices necessary Features for optimal indicators arguably explained and described. These features are explained under main titles: Dependence on cultural values and ideals of society, being Bi-directional (Positive and negative directions), Measurability, Inclusiveness, systematic, the relative acceptability, practical and cost.