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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Culture and the Scottish Household Survey
Author(s): McCall, Vikki
Playford, Chris
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Keywords: culture
cultural participation
Scottish Household Survey
Scottish Government policy
Scottish data sources
Issue Date: 2012
Citation: McCall V & Playford C (2012) Culture and the Scottish Household Survey, Cultural Trends, 21 (2), pp. 149-172.
Abstract: In 2007 the Scottish Government introduced an outcomes based approach to culture set withina National Performance Framework. One of the main data sources to measure "culture" inScotland is the Scottish Household Survey (SHS). In this article, the SHS and its "Cultureand Sport" Module are explored to show how useful the data is within the ScottishGovernment's economic agenda. This way, the paper reflects on the usefulness of the maindata source used to understand cultural activity within Scotland. There are generaldifficulties measuring "culture", but overall the SHS provides adequate national data forScotland on cultural participation and attendance. However, the SHS cannot providein-depth local level information and provides limited data on non-participants. Other surveysin Scotland and England give some example practices that could be incorporated to improvesurvey outcomes. Overall, the SHS is a useful policy tool
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Rights: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Cultural Trends on 12/04/2012, available online:

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