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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 2012 highlights 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. Each of the resources below is 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 (2013) 

  • The 2012 SPPA 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). 

  • The raw data file for the 2012 SPPA. This data file can be downloaded from our website in one of four data formats: SPSS, SAS, STATA, or ASCII. Note that the raw data file has 802 columns and 37,627 rows. Older versions of analytical software, including Microsoft Excel, may not be able to open a file of this size.
  • The accompanying data dictionary for the 2012 SPPA. 

  • A new combined data file that aggregates data from SPPAs from 1982 through 2012. This data file can also be downloaded from our website in one of four data formats: SPSS, SAS, STATA, or ASCII.

  • The accompanying data dictionary for the combined data file. 

  • The replicate weights file for the 2012 SPPA survey. Replicate weights allow the computation of replicate estimates and, more importantly, they provide a more reliable approximation of the variance of an estimate. Details on how to use the replicate weights and to merge them with the 2012 data file are provided in the data user’s guide. 

  • The Current Population Survey technical documents from the Census Bureau. This set of documents include technical papers about the design and methodology of the Current Population Survey, as well as technical documents that are specific to the SPPA.

Note that, for 2012, the SPPA data will also be made available at the U.S. Census website home of the Current Population Survey. For years prior to 2012, the SPPA data are also housed at Princeton University's Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA). In addition to free downloading and data analysis on the CPANDA website, researchers can find questionnaires and related technical documentation for each SPPA survey.

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