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Taking Part Survey

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the average standard deviation was of the datasets of his Department’s Taking Part survey in each year since 2005. (247334)

The term ‘standard deviation’ refers to the variance, or spread, of data around the mean (standard deviation is the square root of the variance). Standard deviations can be calculated for individual estimates from Taking Part, rather than the overall dataset.

Confidence intervals are derived from the variance and the sample design, and are published for all Taking Part estimates. These indicate the range in which true percentages could fall.

To see an example, please refer to the latest report at: