Our cutting-edge Sport for Development research helps youth excel, right here in Toronto & around the world
Direct Youth participation
Research Partner Collaboration
Direct Youth Participation
Our “MISSION" measurement model acronym encompasses best practices that emerged from six years of experience working in our setting.
These principles have been applied to all our research & evaluation work, informing the design of our frameworks, processes & tools, as well as our research partnerships.
Minimal – Only survey youth when results will be used in decision-making.
I-statements – Phrase survey items as personal statements.
Short – Use the fewest survey items needed to achieve meaningful results.
Strengths-based – Phrase survey items positively to reinforce positive youth outcomes.
Involve coaches – Enlist the coach or youth leader in survey design and delivery.
Online – Collect data digitally to maximize youth engagement and honesty.
No Neutrality – Use yes/no and 4-point scales. Eliminate “unsure” as an option.
Only survey youth when results will be used in decision-making.
Phrase survey items as personal statements.
Use the fewest survey items needed to achieve meaningful results.
Phrase survey items positively to reinforce positive youth outcomes
Enlist the coach or youth leader in survey design and delivery
Collect data digitally to maximize youth engagement and honesty
Use yes/no and 4-point scales. Eliminate “unsure” as an option
We leverage our Theory of Change model when exploring innovative use of sport, to support positive youth & community outcomes.
The model illustrates and explains why & how our MLSE LaunchPad activities create our intended impacts.
We also use a Sport for Development Metrics Framework in our research to collectively define, measure & improve youth outcomes.
A Standardized Process
A Resource For Others
to provide a resource for youth sport organizations looking to achieve positive youth development outcomes in their programming, who may not know what to measure, or don’t have access to youth-friendly, relevant standardized tools to use in program evaluation.
Our research advisory committee participates meaningfully in ongoing research & evaluation decisions, implementation & knowledge mobilization activities.
Build lasting relationships, gain hands on experience and create endless networking opportunities.
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Our research is focused on learning how sport helps youth to recognize & reach their potential
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