This strand underpins UK Sport’s work on sport development by building up a credible evidence base for the use of sport as a tool for human and social development, raising awareness, and sharing best practice.

It works through the following methods:

  • Continual monitoring & evaluation of programmes to feed into the overall ‘picture’ of successes and challenges on the ground
  • Examining best practice
  • Using in-house and external researchers to undertake specific research projects
  • Hosting or bringing together practitioners and/or policy makers at conferences and workshops

For more information on this, please click download the Sport For Development Impact Study.

Research Projects

Testing Times

UK Sport, in partnership with Comic relief, has published a review looking into HIV counselling in sport for development programmes. The review paper, entitled ‘TESTING TIMES: Review of HIV Counselling and Testing within Sports for development Programmes for Young People in Southern Africa’, is now available to download here.

Developing employability skills the IDEALS way

Research completed over 2011 found that university students involved in the IDEALS programme developed skills and experiences that added to their cultural intelligence, a skill highly desired by employers in the 21st Century. The report is written by Dr. Lynne Powell, Human Resource specialist and Senior Lecturer and Northumbria University.

IDEALS Evaluation 2011

IDEALS Zambia Summary Report 2013

Research collaboration

Members of UK Sport’s International Relations team have collaborated with a number of higher education institutions on specific research and publications including:

  • Conceptualisations, issues and challenges of child friendly sport
  • The role of the sport and development coach
  • The positioning and use of sport as a tool for social development, in particular within the international development sphere

Funding Partners
  • DCMS
  • TNL partners
Official Partners
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  • BUPA
  • IHG logo
Strategic Partners
  • British Olympic Association
  • Paralympics GB
  • Sport England
  • Sport Northern Ireland
  • Sport Wales
  • Sport Scotland