No targets are currently set for this indicator.
This indicator describes Puget Sound residents’ frequency of engagement in cultural practices. Cultural engagement is a key component of social identity and human wellbeing. This indicator will be important for assessing tradeoffs among potential recovery strategies and ensuring that strategies enhance cultural practices across diverse cultural groups.
Oregon State University Human Dimensions Lab
Data are collected every 2 years via paper survey to a random sample of Puget Sound households. The population chosen for this survey was a clustered random sample of Puget Sound residents, with an initial sample of 9,000. Due to undeliverable addresses, the total sample reached was 8,261 individuals. The response rate was 28 percent for a total of 2,323 individual responses. Results are reported as the frequency that Puget Sound residents engaged in cultural traditions or activities over the past year.
About 75 percent of survey participants gave their cross-streets, which allowed mapping of human wellbeing metrics at a fine scale. The map above shows the location of each individual respondent. Hot Spot Analysis (Getis-Ord Gi* statistic) was used to visualize clusters of responses that were significantly higher (red, hot spots) and lower (blue, cold spots) relative to those around them.
In this pilot data collection, we learned that Puget Sound residents perceived very diverse activities and traditions as relevant to this question. When asked to specify the types of activities they were thinking of when responding to their frequency of participation, almost 48% of respondents described outdoor recreation and ecotourism activities. About 37% described formal and informal family and community events such as Arbor Day, festivals, and community clean-ups. About 15% described environmental stewardship activities and 12% activities associated with property maintenance. A small percentage of respondents were considering Native American practices (6%), arts (4%), or spiritual or religious practices (2%).
While on average, all counties participated in cultural practices "rarely (1-4 times per year)" or "occasionally (once a month)", respondents from San Juan County tended to participate in activities or traditions related to the environment more frequently relative to those around them (red, hot spots in map above). Respondents from Snohomish, King, and Thurston counties tended to participate in such activities less frequently than those around them (blue, cold spots).
Based on prior studies identifying diverse interpretations of the term ‘cultural’ we elected to use a broader language for this first attempt to measure cultural practices. We still find a wide variety of interpretations of ‘traditions and activities’, some of which overlap with other Vital Signs (e.g., Outdoor Recreation and Sound Stewardship). Future iterations of the survey will likely focus on two aspects of this Vital Sign: 1) Perceived satisfaction with the ability to engage in environmentally-oriented cultural practices and 2) Participation in specific cultural practices such as Native American ceremonies, Spiritual or Religious practices, and environment art opportunities.
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Never, Rarely (1-4 times a year), Occasionally (Once a month), Regularly (Once a week), Frequently (Almost Every Day)