Participation Survey, 2021–2022


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.The Participation Survey is a continuous push-to-web survey of adults aged 16 and over in England. It serves as a successor to the Taking Part survey, which ran for 16 years as a continuous face to face survey. Paper surveys are available for those not digitally engaged. Fieldwork started in October 2021 and it is envisaged that the survey will be a key evidence source for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and its sectors by providing statistically representative national estimates of adult engagement with the DCMS sectors. The survey’s main objectives are to: Provide a central, reliable evidence source that can be used to analyse cultural, digital, and sporting engagement, providing a clear picture of why people do or do not engage. Provide data at a county level to meet user needs, including providing evidence for the levelling up agenda. Underpin further research on driving engagement and the value and benefits of engagement.Further information on the survey can be found on the Participation Survey webpage.

Three versions of the Participation Survey 2021-2022 are available:An open access version (SN 9013). This version is freely available to download and does not require UK Data Service registration. This safeguarded dataset (SN 9012), which includes some additional detail. It is only available to registered UKDS users who have agreed to abide by the conditions of the End User Licence. A Secure Access version containing all years (SN 9014), which contains further detailed information. Access to this version is very restricted and requires UKDS registration, completion of an extensive application form, approval from the depositor, and successful completion of a Safe Researcher Training course before access can be granted. Users are advised to first download the safeguarded version (SN 9012) to check whether it includes sufficient detail for their research, before considering making an application for the Secure Access version.Details of all variables available for the version concerned can be found in the UKDS Data Dictionary - see the Documentation section.

Main Topics:The Participation Survey collects data on engagement in: the arts libraries heritage museums and galleries tourism major cultural events major sporting events sport gambling digital sectors The survey includes information on frequency of participation, reasons for participating, barriers to participation and attitudes to the sectors. Information is also gathered on demographics (e.g. age, education), and related areas including wellbeing, loneliness, and use of digital technology.

Multi-stage stratified random sample

Self-administered questionnaire: Web-based (CAWI)

Self-administered questionnaire: Paper

Metadata Access
Creator Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Publisher UK Data Service
Publication Year 2022
Funding Reference Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Rights <a href="" target="_blank">© Crown copyright</a>. The use of these data is subject to the <a href="" target="_blank">UK Data Service End User Licence Agreement</a>. Additional restrictions may also apply.; <p>The Data Collection is available to UK Data Service registered users subject to the <a href="" target="_blank">End User Licence Agreement</a>.</p><p>Commercial use of the data requires approval from the data owner or their nominee. The UK Data Service will contact you.</p>
OpenAccess true
Language English
Discipline Ancient Cultures; Archaeology; Dance; Economics; Fine Arts, Music, Theatre and Media Studies; Humanities; Music; Social and Behavioural Sciences
Spatial Coverage England