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Supplementary Materials Related to the NEA's 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

The NEA Office of Research & Analysis is pleased to make available a set of resources to guide scholars and researchers in understanding and interpreting results from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The office is sharing these resources in conjunction with the survey's full summary report. The intent is to allow academic, government, nonprofit, and commercial researchers to perform early, independent analyses with the data, thus widening public discourse about the survey results and their implications. Click on the links to view each of the resources below, available through the NEA website:

  • NEA Research Report, How a Nation Engages with Art: Highlights from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA).
  • The 2012 survey instrument.
  • A data user's guide, with information on the survey design and the procedures for properly using the raw data file (e.g., choosing weights, performing multi-variable analyses from different modules, computing standard errors, and comparing results with those of prior surveys) as well as the source and accuracy statement.
  • The raw data file for the 2012 SPPA in one of three data formats: SPSS, SAS, STATA.
  • The replicate weights data file for the 2012 SPPA in one of three data formats: SPSS, SAS, or STATA.
  • A new combined data file that aggregates data from SPPA surveys from 1982 through 2012 is now available. This data file can be downloaded from our web site in one of three data formats: SPSS, SAS, or STATA. The accompanying data dictionary for the SPSS, SAS, or STATA combined files is also available.
  • Older data from previous waves of the survey are currently archived at Princeton University's Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive along with raw data files for each of the prior six SPPA surveys.(www.cpanda.org/cpanda/getDDIsummary.xq?studyID=c00016). In addition to free downloading and data analysis on the CPANDA website, researchers can find questionnaires and related technical documentation for each SPPA survey.

    More information on the Current Population Survey are at the Census Bureau’s website, including additional technical documents and the record layout of the main CPS.

For further information, please contact the NEA Office of Research & Analysis at (202) 682-5424 or research@arts.gov