INVENT survey fieldwork successfully completed in nine European countries

The INVENT team conducted a comprehensive survey among a representative sample of the population aged 18-80 years in all nine countries that are included in the INVENT project: Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. The survey was administered between mid-April and early July 2021 by specialized agencies in each country, that used multiple methods to facilitate participation and optimize the representation of people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds. The representativeness of the realized sample in terms of socio-demographics proved to be quite satisfactory and the target of 1,200 completed surveys per country was amply reached. Across all countries, more than 15,500 people filled out the questionnaire. We would like to highlight that we are extremely grateful to all these participants who took the time to contribute to our study.

About the survey

In the survey, we looked at how people aged 18-80 years across Europe understand and experience culture, and what cultural activities they participate in. Culture can be so many different things to different people. Therefore, the survey questions addressed various aspects of culture, such as people’s engagement with various media and cultural offerings, their opinion on European culture and cultural policy, and their viewpoints on broader socio-cultural developments in their country. The survey also contained detailed questions on people’s background to study how, among other things, differences in digital skills, place of residence, cultural background, and economic resources may relate to cultural activities and opinions on culture. Finally, the survey included some questions about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on people’s cultural life and their wellbeing.

Stay tuned

The first outcomes of the INVENT survey will be presented at the forthcoming ESA conference and the INVENT conference in Rotterdam. Please also visit the INVENT website and Facebook page where we will be featuring key findings of the survey.

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