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.
The Taking Part Survey provides reliable national estimates of engagement with the arts, heritage, museums, libraries and archives. It carries the National Statistics badge, meaning that it meets the highest standards of statistical quality.
This publication presents provisional estimates of cultural engagement from the 2017/18 Taking Part Survey. The data were collected during interviews conducted between April and September 2017, and refer to engagement in culture in the 12 months prior to interview.
Following consultation earlier this year, the decision was made to no longer publish a full report and set of tables at the mid-year point. This release therefore contains a summary table and an accompanying data visualisation.
6 December 2017
April 2017 to September 2017
National level data for England
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. The Authority 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.
Next release date
A series of “Taking Part, Focus on…” reports will be published in April 2018. Each ‘short story’ in this series will look at a specific topic in more detail, providing more in-depth analysis of the 2016/17 Taking Part data.
The previous adult annual Taking Part release was published on 28 September 2017 and the mid-year release was published on 31 January 2017. A series of short story reports was published on 31 October 2017.
The responsible statistician for this release is Alison Reynolds. For enquiries on this release, contact Alison Reynolds on 020 7211 6776 or Olivia Christophersen on 020 7211 2377.
For any further queries contact the Taking Part team at firstname.lastname@example.org.