Quantifying and valuing the wellbeing impacts of culture and sport

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Daniel Fujiwara, Laura Kudrna and Paul Dolan

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Aims and objectivesThe Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) commissioned researchers from the London School of Economics (LSE) to undertake analysis of Understanding Society data to develop the evidence base on the wellbeing impacts of cultural engagement and sport participation. This work gives us new evidence of the link between our policies and the social impacts of engagement in both sport and culture.This report is the second of two outputs from the analysis carried out by the researchers. This report presents the results of an analysis of the association between culture, sport and measures of subjective wellbeing. This paper therefore looks at the perceived benefits for the individual using wellbeing valuation. The first report1 presented an analysis of the association between culture and sport participation and a range of social outcomes. The first report therefore focused on cashable or financial benefits and savings of a range of social outcomes. Both are important aspects of the Green Book and policy evaluation.The aims of the analysis presented within this report were to:Identify the impacts of culture and sport engagement on individuals’ wellbeing.Estimate monetary values for those wellbeing impacts using the Wellbeing Valuation approach.Each report presents background to the consideration of social and wellbeing impacts along with the key findings. The annexes contain the full papers and analysis produced by the authors from the LSE.


Economics, Public Policy, Government, Well Being, Health, Sport and Arts



Is referred to by: Gordon-Nesbitt, R. (2015) ‘Exploring the longitudinal relationship between arts engagement and health’. Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University. Arts for Health.

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