Study on Perceptions of Singapore’s Built Heritage and Landmarks

Synopsis:

The IPS Social Lab is conducting a study to understand how Singaporeans’ perceptions of physical heritage influence their sense of national identity, national pride and personal well-being. It aims to gain a deeper understanding of what Singaporeans perceive as important landmarks and buildings in Singapore, and why. Such research will aid the planning and implementation of heritage conservation policies.

This study will be conducted in two phases — first, a series of focus group discussions (FGDs) in 2017, followed by a survey in 2018. 

This study is supported by the Heritage Research Grant from the National Heritage Board.

Call for participation for the FGDs:

Registration for the FGDs is now closed.

Eligibility:

Participants must:

  • Be a Singapore citizen,
  • Be between 21 and 65 years old (both ages inclusive)

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Why must I register first?
  2. What happens to the contact information of those who you decide not to contact for the FGDs?
  3. If I submit my data and then change my mind about participating in the FGDs, or want to update my particulars, what should I do?
  4. How will the information that I give during the FGDs be used?
  5. Why are the FGDs limited to people who are between the ages of 21 and 65?

1. Why must I register first?

For planning purposes, each focus group participant needs to register their demographic information, their availability on the specific dates and time, and preferred language.

Your contact details are thus needed for us to call you for clarifications and send you the invitation letter. Rest assured that your contact information will be kept confidential and will not be given to anyone else.

2. What happens to the contact information of those who you decide not to contact for the FGDs?

After registration closes on 21 September 2017, we will destroy the contact information of those who were not contacted for the focus groups at the end of September 2017.

3. If I submit my data and then change my mind about participating in the FGDs, or want to update my particulars, what should I do?

You may email us at with your request.

4. How will the information that I give during the FGDs be used?

The data, without personal identifiers, will be analysed by researchers at the IPS Social Lab to gain insights into how old buildings and landmarks are viewed by Singaporeans. The findings and anonymised data will be shared with stakeholders in the National Heritage Board to inform future policy decisions.

Only one person will have access to the complete data (including identifiers): the Principal Investigator (Ms Paveena Seah). In accordance with university requirements, all research data will be destroyed after 10 years. Personal details of respondents will be destroyed after the project is completed.

5. Why are the FGDs limited to people who are between the ages of 21 and 65?

This study aims to find out the different opinions and thoughts of Singaporeans. Age is a convenient marker to demarcate cohort and life-stage. Using age enables us to make informed, standard comparisons between people of different age groups.

Enquiries:

For enquiries, please contact IPS Social Lab at 6601-3223 or