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Culture Counts

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Section A - A Use of SHS

1.. What are the main social survey topics that you use in the SHS? Please tick all that apply. Please distinguish between the topics in your following answers.

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Key adult characteristics
Health/disability and caring responsibilities
Accommodation/housing experiences
Neighbourhoods and community safety (including perception of local crime rate and local police performance, harassment and discrimination)
Education - qualifications
Employment/economic activity
Transport – Travel Diary
Transport – use of private/public transport, congestion
Perceptions of local government and services
Participation in sports activities
Ticked Participation in cultural activities
Environment – access to the outdoors, green space, land use
Environment – climate change
Internet access and use
Other - please indicate

2. . What do you use the SHS for? We are particularly interested in how analysis of SHS data is used for informing, monitoring and evaluating policy and practice decisions, including examples of where analysis has influenced decision making. Please be as specific as possible in your answers.

Please explain
Information on cultural attendance and participation is used to inform the work of Culture Counts, the campaign to promote the value of culture in Scotland and by our member organisations who in turn represent the majority of professional and voluntary artists and cultural organisations in Scotland. This cultural data may also be used by organisations working in the areas of education, health, community development and tourism. Monitoring cultural participation and attendance is essential to understanding the impact culture has on communities in Scotland and analysis of the patterns of cultural participation is important in underpinning work to drive inclusion and equality. The Culture Counts membership comprises ALVA Architecture & Design Scotland Arts and Business BECTU Creative and Cultural Skills Creative Cities Network – Creative Dundee, Creative Edinburgh, Creative Stirling Craft Scotland Cultural Alliance Culture Republic Equity Federation of Scottish Theatre Festivals Edinburgh Historic House Association Scotland Independent Producers Scotland Literature Alliance Scotland Museums Galleries Scotland Musicians Union National Galleries of Scotland National Library of Scotland National Museums Scotland National Theatre Scotland National Trust Scotland One Dance UK PACT – Producers Alliance for Cinema & Television PPA Scotland Publishing Scotland RCAHMS – Royal Commission on Ancient & Historic Monuments Regional Screen Scotland Royal Scottish National Orchestra SCAN – Scottish Contemporary Art Network Scottish Ballet Scottish Chamber Orchestra Scottish Council on Archives Scottish Film Scottish Games Network Scottish Jazz Federation Scottish Libraries and Information Council Scottish Music Industry Association Scottish Opera Skillset Theatres Trust Traditional Music Forum Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland UK Theatre Voluntary Arts Scotland Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

3.. Are there any alternative evidence sources available for the topics and/or questions you use in the SHS?

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Ticked No

Section D - Any other comments and information about your organisation

13.. Do you have any other comments about the SHS or this consultation?

Please explain
The Scottish Household Survey is essential to the cultural sector and we would like to make clear the importance of the data on cultural participation and attendance. The data is of utmost importance in informing the work of cultural organisations and, in the absence of a dedicated cultural survey for Scotland like the DCMS Taking Part survey in England, is not available elsewhere. While we do not wish to comment on the specific cost saving options outlined in this consultation, we note that there are ongoing conversations within SCENe (Scottish Cultural Evidence Network) regarding redrafting and updating the culture questions which may also present solutions. We are very willing to participate in these discussions and would welcome any refinement which could be used to improve the indicators and shape an Outcome for culture within the National Performance Framework. We note the recent Cultural Value Project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which looked into the question of why the arts and culture matter, and how effects are captured. The Project involved 70 original pieces of research to identify the various components that make up cultural value and to consider and develop the methodologies and the evidence that might be used to evaluate these components of cultural value. It found that cohort studies of health in the Nordic countries show an association between long-term arts engagement and positive health outcomes, after attempts to control for relevant social, economic and demographic variables. The report calls for long-term questions about arts and cultural engagement to be included in major UK cohort studies in the future and for these questions to be stable over time to enable longitudinal research. (Understanding the value of arts & culture - The AHRC Cultural Value Project- Geoffrey Crossick & Patrycja Kaszynska -

14.. What sector do you work in?

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Central government
Local government
Other public sector (e.g. NDPB)
Higher/further education (excluding students)
Ticked Third sector (Voluntary and charity)
Private sector
Journalists / media
Other (please specify)

15.. What is the main topic area(s) that your organisation as a whole focuses on?

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Income and wealth
Ticked Culture
Young People
Other – please state