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Research Case studies

Sport for Development: Monitoring and Evaluation


Fred Coalter

The research was concerned with two key issues. Firstly, via the development of programme theory, to understand the nature of the processes and mechanisms which are presumed to lead to desired impacts and outcomes in a variety of sport for development programmes. Secondly, to assess the nature of impacts on participants in such programmes.

Much of the work was funded by UK Sport and Comic Relief and was undertaken in Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, India (Mumbai and Calcutta) and with seven projects in the UK. The work was conducted in close collaboration with programme providers in order to understand their assumptions and to develop appropriate impact measures. Both before-and-after surveys and in-depth interviews with participants were undertaken.

Research outputs
  • Coalter, F. (forthcoming) Researching sport-for-development: the need for scepticism In Smith, A., Waddington, I. and Green, K. (eds) Doing Real World Research in Sport Studies. London: Routledge.
  • Coalter, F. (forthcoming) Sport-for-development: Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will. In Schulenkorf, N and Adair, D. (eds) Global Sport-for-Development: Critical Perspectives London. Palgrave Mamillan.
  • Coalter, F. (forthcoming) There is loads of relationships here’: Developing a programme theory for sport-for-change programmes. International Review for the Sociology of Sport.
  • Coalter, F. (2013) Sport for development: what game are we playing? Routledge, London. 2013
  • Coalter, F. (2012) What is the development in sport for development? In Theeboom, M Vanreusel, B,Timmerman , C and Segaert, B (eds) Sport, governance, development and corporate responsibility: Conceptual Approaches, Global and Local Practices London, Routledge 2012
  • Coalter, F. (2010) Sport-for-development: limited focus programmes and broad gauge problems in Tokarski, W. and Petry, K. (eds.). Handbuch Sportpolitik. Schorndorf: Hofmann, 2010
  • Coalter, F. (2010) Sport-for-development impact study. Comic Relief, UK Sport and International Development through Sport. (with John Taylor).
  • Coalter, F. (2010) The politics of sport-for-development: limited focus programmes and broad gauge problems? International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Vol 5 No 3: pp 295-314.
  • Coalter, F (2010) Sport-for-development: going beyond the boundary? Sport in Society Vol 13 No 9: pp 1374-1391.
  • Coalter, F. (2008) Sport-in-development: Accountability or development? In R Levermore and A Beacom (eds) Sport and International development Palgrave Macmillan, London.
  • Coalter, F. (2006) Sport-in-Development: A Monitoring and Evaluation Manual UK Sport/UNICEF.
  • Coalter, F. (2006) Sport-in-development: Development for and through sport? in R Hoy and M Nicholson (eds) Sport and Social Capital, London, Elsevier.

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