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Understanding the drivers and engagement in culture and sport

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What drives engagement in culture and sport?

The existing literature suffers from a number of conceptual and empirical shortcomings, limiting the ability of decision makers to draw conclusions about the relative effectiveness of alternative policies.

The research reported here presents two sets of innovative analyses aimed at addressing these issues. Each analysis employs cutting-edge analytical techniques and draws on all available evidence to identify the factors that influence engagement in culture and sport.

The analysis presented here allows for a firmer understanding of what drives engagement in two ways:

a. Understanding how background factors predict engagement. This is useful to, for instance, understand the threats and opportunities presented by external factors, such as the aging population or changes in the wider economy.

b. Understand how policy interventions can change patterns of engagement. This is useful in comprehending the possible impacts of policies – making better business cases for interventions.

The results enable specific discussions about possible interventions to improve the engagement in culture and sport of certain groups, and what the likely impact of that intervention will be. This can range from understanding that those living in social housing are less likely to attend the arts, to designing good interventions for this group, and what the potential effect of that intervention might be.

Despite the contribution to the evidence base made by this report, there is still need for further research efforts to ensure that policy makers intervene most efficiently to increase engagement in culture and sport. The report suggests areas where these research efforts can be best focused.



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Editor's comments - [  The CASE programme is a joint strategic research programme led by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and its sector-leading arms-length bodies: Arts Council England, English Heritage, Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and Sport England. The aim of CASE is to use interdisciplinary research methods and analysis to inform the development of policy in culture and sport. CASE is closely linked to the Taking Part Survey.

The programme was set up in 2008 and the ‘drivers, impact and value of engagement’ project was commissioned in December of that year. A year and half later, and the largest single piece of policy research in culture and sport is published. This is no ordinary research project. It is almost a programme in itself, comprising 3 different strands, each with a major report. It is the most comprehensive piece of work in this field, assessing a huge range of research and data, setting the foundations for evidence-based policy-making in culture and sport upon which future work can build. In addition to the reports, two new tools have been created to help policy-makers employ the available evidence: A new, comprehensive research database and a new computer simulation model (each pretty much inaccessible to anyone outside of the project). These provide a step-change in the ability to build culture and sport policy using evidence, and to retain the future knowledge gained through new initiatives both in the UK and abroad. These resources, they argue, will add value to a huge range of activities in this sphere. both in terms of using data from the survey and in using the definitions of the sectors implicit in the choice of activities and levels of engagement included in the survey. ]  Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>

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Reference : Matrix Knowledge Group. (2010). Understanding the drivers and engagement in culture and sport. London: DCMS


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