The Value of Sport Monitor

The Value of Sport Monitor is a joint Sport England and UK Sport initiative working in conjunction with the University of Stirling. It provides an online monitoring service of the most up-to-date reference sources and critical reviews of published research evidence on the contribution of sport to a range of broader social issues.

The Value of Sport Monitor aims to provide the best evidence available in an informative and easy to use format that helps policy-makers to make the case and practitioners to deliver what works best. It also provides a resource that will stimulate academic debate and assist in setting research agendas and priorities that address the gaps and current weaknesses in the evidence base.

The research is grouped into seven categories or themes outlined below. It has almost 200 entries and was previously updated twice annually (last updated in November 2012). Entries have undergone a thorough academic review to meet the quality standard of the selection criteria. Sport England is currently reviewing how the site will develop in the future.

What can it be used for?

County sports partnerships can use the intelligence in the Value of Sport Monitor to help local partners in making the case for, and proving the value of, the contribution of sport through access to the most up-to-date evidence on the benefits sport brings to wider outcomes in easy to use formats. It is also an educational resource.

What will it tell me?

The research is grouped into seven categories or themes outlined below. In each case there is an overall summary of the evidence to date:

  • Crime Reduction and Community Safety: this section contains research on sports-based programmes for at-risk communities and programmes aimed at the rehabilitation of offenders
  • Economic Impact and Regeneration of Local Communities: this section contains research on the economic importance of sport to the economy and the economic benefits of increases in fitness and health
  • Education and Lifelong Learning: this section contains research on the direct and indirect relationship between sports participation and school-based educational performance
  • Participation: this section contains research on the relationship between participation in childhood and adolescence and lifelong participation, and the factors which impact on participation
  • Physical Fitness and Health: this section contains research and evidence on complex and wide-ranging issues relating to the impact of physical activity on various aspects of health
  • Psychological Health and Wellbeing: this section contains work covering the relationship between physical activity and general aspects of psychological well-being
  • Social Capacity and Cohesion: this section contains research addressing the community impact of sport, the role of sport volunteering and the impact of sports development programmes.

What won't it tell me?

The Value of Sport Monitor provides an abstract of the papers, setting out brief details on the methods, the main findings and their relevance in making the case for sport. Links are provided to relevant web sites to access the full papers. However, in many cases there is a subscription required to access these. The Value of Sport Monitor is not a full bibliographic database – but is a selection of the most up-to-date and salient research evidence in the field.

Where can I find out more?

If you have any queries please contact the Research Team at Sport England: research@sportengland.org