From Active People to Active Lives Adult

The Active Lives Adult Survey is how we measure adult sport and activity participation levels across England and replaces the Active People Survey

The Active People Survey remained largely unchanged in the 10 years following the first set of data being published in 2005. It measured a wide range of sports and provided useful local data to a range of local authorities.

However, as patterns of telephone and technology use continue to change – and we embed our 2017-21 strategy Towards an Active Nation – it's a good time to measure engagement with sport and physical activity in a new way.

New measures

Leading research company IPSOS-MORI carry out the Active Lives Adult Survey for us. Like Active People, it measures the number of people aged 16 and over who take part in sport and physical activity by demographic group, where people live and activity type.

With the introduction of Active Lives Adult – which had its first set of data published in January 2017 – we can also measure some of the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) identified for the sector in the Government’s strategy Sporting Future and provide a much more nuanced understanding of behaviour.

We have designed the new survey to be as flexible as possible to support a wide range of measures:

  • Overall engagement with Sport and Physical Activity (KPI 1)
  • Inactivity (KPI 2)
  • Spectating (KPI 9)
  • Volunteering information will be available at the next data point (KPIs 7 and 8).

The Active Lives Adult Survey is carried out by us, in collaboration with Arts Council England, Public Health England, and the Department for Transport.

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