Performing Arts Research Coalition 2002: Boston Household Survey

Study Summary

Produced By: Urban Institute, , Washington, DC

Funding Agency/Sponsor: The Pew Charitable Trusts

Author: Performing Arts Research Coalition

Abstract (CPANDA): As one of ten participating communities in a coordinated data collection effort organized by the Performing Arts Research Coalition (PARC), a partnership of five major national service organizations in the arts, Boston area residents were surveyed on a series of topics related to attendance at performing arts events. Questions were asked regarding rates of participation, the perceived value of the performing arts to individuals and to communities, and barriers to greater attendance. Among other criteria, Boston was selected as a study site because of the presence of financially and managerially strong local arts organizations and because at least three of the five disciplines encompassed by the participating national service organizations were represented there. The five participating service organizations in the PARC project were the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance/USA, OPERA America, and Theatre Communications Group. The project was coordinated by OPERA America, with research guidance from the Urban Institute, and supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Methodology (CPANDA) : Princeton Survey Research Associates conducted telephone surveys of 810 random households in the greater Boston area between October and December of 2002, according to procedures developed by the Urban Institute. The sampling frame included all active blocks of telephone numbers within the zip code areas starting with the digits 017 through 024.

Methodology : While a response rate of 41 percent is not inconsistent with other studies of this type, it raises questions of non-response bias. To investigate the potential for such bias, we compared the characteristics of the 810 respondents with known characteristics of the population. Population estimates are based on the 2000 Census of Population and Housing. This comparison indicates that individuals aged 35-44 and 45-54 were overrepresented among the survey respondents, while blacks, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and persons under 25 and over 65 years of age were underrepresented. Overall, however, there is considerable similarity between survey respondents and the population estimate on race, sex and age characteristics.

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Cite the Study or Data Set [APA format]

Performing Arts Research Coalition. 2004. PERFORMING ARTS RESEARCH COALITION 2002: BOSTON HOUSEHOLD SURVEY [MRDF]. Washington, D.C.: Urban Institute [producer]. Washington, D.C.: OPERA America [producer]. Princeton, NJ.: Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive [distributor]

Cite the Codebook [APA format]

Performing Arts Research Coalition. 2004. PERFORMING ARTS RESEARCH COALITION 2002: BOSTON HOUSEHOLD SURVEY [codebook file]. CPANDA ed. Princeton, NJ: Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive [producer and distributor].