We are looking for an experienced evaluator to present key insights into the recently delivered, Sport England backed, ‘Sport for Development’ programme.
The Sport England funded project ‘Sport for Development’ was delivered between March 2015 and July 2016. The main aims of the project were to:
- Develop a robust impact measurement system to enable OnSide Youth Zones to undertake proof of concept work
- OnSide developed and implemented a new impact measurement system (SalesForce) which works as a platform to collate a verifiable evidence base to demonstrate the impact of the Youth Zone model on our members
- Ongoing investment into the measurement and evaluation system to track, and better understand, the outcomes and impacts of our work.
- Understand the wider benefits of participation in sport; using an impact measurement framework involving 12 indicators failing within 5 ‘pillars’
- Benchmark, then measure the level of sporting activity of young people
- Develop new & discrete sporting activities to extend the breadth of the existing sporting offer to drive up new participation
- Adapting the sporting offer to drive up the frequency of activity of both disinterested members and those already participating
- To engage those who are inactive/disengaged with sport, with a focus on females aged 14+
As a result of the above actions, we aimed to increase the overall number of young people playing sport on a regular basis within the Youth Zone environment, therefore escalating the reach and impact of the Youth Zone.
The project was delivered in Youth Zones in Manchester (The Factory Youth Zone), Oldham (Mahdlo Youth Zone) and Wigan (Wigan Youth Zone) (hereafter referred to as Youth Zones) and worked with young people aged 14+.
‘Sport for Development’ is a concentrated 15-month project, with big ambition. Funded by Sport England, the development work for the project began on the 1st April 2015 and delivery completed around 30th June 2016.
Youth Zones are delivering outstanding work and achieving significant success in attracting and keeping young people participating in sport, often those most disengaged from an active lifestyle. This project aimed to introduce the necessarily robust impact measurement system to allow us to record, evidence and understand the true impact and value of the Youth Zone sporting offer, and the holistic benefits for our young people.