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Taking Part 2016/17 quarter 2 statistical release

The Taking Part survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS (Department for Culture, Media & Sport).

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.

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.

The Taking Part survey provides reliable national estimates of adult engagement with the arts, heritage, museums, archives and libraries. Latest data are from October 2015 to September 2016.

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

The latest figures in this release are based on data that was first published on 31 January 2017. 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 Olivia Christophersen. For enquiries on this release, contact Olivia on 020 7211 2377.

For any queries contact them or the Taking Part team at