The Research Question
We know that people benefit from doing the things they love, but does this include participating in city life?
How do public events like the Open House Melbourne Weekend benefit attendees and their community?
Open House Melbourne has partnered with researchers at the University of Melbourne, led by Dr Ryan Perry at the Faculty of Business and Economics, who will investigate the impact of our events on attendees and the broader community.
It is proposed that strong and positive opportunities for civic engagement – through public events like Open House – will confer positive effects on both wellbeing and social attitudes about the broader community and the city.
This year, the research involves three phases – before, during, and after the Open House Weekend. Those who complete each survey will be entered into a draw to win a $500 Coles Group & Myer Voucher (one draw per survey, with three draws in total).
You will be sent an invitation to complete both the before and after surveys online in the Open House Melbourne Newsletter.
You may also be approached by one of our research assistants and asked to complete a short questionnaire if you’re joining us at the weekend. Remember, participation in any of these surveys is completely voluntary.
The researchers aim to scale up the project over the next three years, and across other events run by Open House, to examine changes and stability in wellbeing and social attitudes over a long time-frame.
18 – 28 July 2018
Pre-event online survey open
28-29 July 2018
On-site Weekend one-page attendee survey conducted
10-22 August 2018
Post-event online survey open
6 August 2018
Pre-event Survey winner announced – $500 Coles Group & Myer Voucher
On-site Survey winner announced – $500 Coles Group & Myer Voucher
3 September 2018
Post-event Survey winner announced – $500 Coles Group & Myer Voucher
2019 – 2021
Phase 1-3: Full-scale annual online and on-site surveys
Findings will provide a robust demonstration of the positive impact of cultural events on both wellbeing and social attitudes through citizen engagement with their city and the built environment.
The research program can be generalised to assess the impact of other cultural events and festivals, and will inform intervention efforts to improve the positive impact of these events.
Dr Ryan Perry & Prof Liliana Bove, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
Dr Simon Laham & Dr Peter Koval, School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Dr Robin Canniford, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
Prof Daniel Johnson, Queensland University of Technology