Taking Part

Published30th June 2014

The Taking Part survey collects data on many aspects of leisure, culture and sport in England, as well as an in-depth range of socio-demographic information on respondents.

The need for consistent, high quality national data on engagement with culture and sport led to DCMS and 3 partners (Arts Council England, English Heritage and Sport England) commissioning the Taking Part survey, the first of its kind to provide data of this quality.

Survey content

The main sectors for which data are gathered in the ‰Û÷Taking part‰Ûª survey are:


museums and galleries





For each of these sectors, data about the reasons for participating and not participating, barriers to participation, and the frequently of participaton are also collected.

In addition to these sectors, data are also gathered on a variety of other sectors and topics. These include:

social capital

engagement in sectors while growing up


internet/TV/radio use and access

2012 Olympics

attitudes to heritage/the arts



The site enables users to access:

Questionnaires – Find all of the questionnaires from the adult and child Taking Part surveys.

Technical reports – Find all of the technical reports for the adult and child Taking Part surveys.

Statistical releases – Statistical releases from the Taking Part survey.

Further research – Some of the research and analysis that has been carried out using Taking Part data.

Documents- A full catalogue of reports and publications.

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