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Department for Culture Media and Sport

further research

The Taking Part survey does far more than just measure targets and inform policy. Its broad content means that it gathers a range of information on all of our sectors, which can then be used for all sorts of analysis of culture and sport.

This page shows some of this research and analysis that has been carried out using Taking Part data.

Taking Part and Active People Surveys: an independent review (PDF 228kb)
Presents findings from a DCMS and Sport England commissioned review of the Taking Part and Active People Surveys. The review, undertaken by NatCen, explored options for collecting national and local level participation data, and presents options for how the two surveys might be merged or modified in order to improve efficiency.

Will expected demographic changes impact participation in culture and sport? Analysis of the Taking Part Survey (PDF 131kb)
Explores the extent to which changing demographics (particularly population ageing) might impact upon levels of engagement across culture and sport sectors.

Alternative methods of measuring participation in culture and sport: Analysis of the Taking Part Survey (PDF 230kb) 
A technical paper which examines alternative ways of measuring the extent to which adults participate in culture and sport.

Participation, engagement and intensity of sports participants: Analysis of the Taking Part Survey (PDF 539kb)
This paper analyses various measures of involvement in sport and their relationship with a number of demographic and economic factors. The analysis provides a detailed analytical appraisal of involvement in sport by investigating three dimensions: 1) the individual’s decision to participate in sport; 2) the level of engagement; and 3) the intensity with which individuals engage.

Barriers to participation: Analysis to inform the development of the 2010/11 Taking Part Survey (PDF 2.4mb)
Summarises findings from a programme of research on the levers and barriers on participation in culture and sport, which was used to inform the development of the 2010/11 Taking Part questionnaire.

Models of sporting and cultural activity: Analysis of the Taking Part Survey (PDF 342kb) 
A report detailing findings from multivariate analysis of the 2007/08 Taking Part Survey on the drivers of participation in culture and sport.

Changes in live music between 2005 and 2009
DCMS collects a range of high quality data on live music that, when analysed together with industry data, provides evidence of how the sector has fared in recent years.