Official Statistics

Taking Part 2013/14 quarter 2 statistical release

The Taking Part survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS.


Taking Part 2013/14 Quarter 2: Report

Taking Part 2013/14 Quarter 2: Dashboard



Digital participation


Museums and galleries



Volunteering and charitable giving


The Taking Part survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS. It is a continuous face to face household survey of adults aged 16 and over in England and children aged 5 to 15 years old. This latest release presents rolling estimates incorporating data from the first two quarters of year 9 of the survey.

As detailed in the last statistical release and on our consultation pages in March 2013, the responsibility for reporting Official Statistics on adult sport participation now falls entirely with Sport England. Sport participation data are reported on by Sport England in the Active People Survey.


12 December 2013

Period covered:

October 2012 to September 2013

Geographic coverage:

National and Regional level data for England.

Next release date:

A release of rolling annual estimates for adults is scheduled for March 2014.


The latest data from the 2013/14 Taking Part survey provides reliable national estimates of adult and child engagement with archives, arts, heritage, libraries and museums & galleries. This release builds on the data previously published from quarters 3 and 4 in 2012 to 2013 to look at a number of areas in depth and present measures that begin to consider broader definitions of participation in our sectors.

The report also looks at some of the other measures in the survey that provide estimates of volunteering and charitable giving and civic engagement.

The Taking Part survey is a continuous annual survey of adults and children living in private households in England, and carries the National Statistics badge, meaning that it meets the highest standards of statistical quality.

Statistical worksheets:

These spreadsheets contain the data and sample sizes to support the material in this release.


The meta-data describe the Taking Part data and provides terms and definitions. This document provides a stand-alone copy of the meta-data which are also included as annexes in the statistical report.

Previous release:

The previous adult Taking Part release was published on 26 September 2013. It also provides spreadsheets containing the data and sample sizes for each sector included in the survey.

Pre-release access:

The document above contains a list of ministers and officials who have received privileged early access to this release of Taking Part data. In line with best practice, the list has been kept to a minimum and those given access for briefing purposes had a maximum of 24 hours.

The UK Statistics Authority:

This release is published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (2009), as produced by the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). The UKSA has the overall objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It monitors and reports on all official statistics, and promotes good practice in this area.

The latest figures in this release are based on data that was first published on 12 December 2013. Details on the pre-release access arrangements for this dataset are available in the accompanying material for the previous release.

The responsible statistician for this release is Tom Knight (020 7211 6021), Penny Allen (020 7211 6106) or Sam Tuckett (020 7211 2382). For any queries please contact them or the Taking Part team at

Published 12 December 2013