1st Edition

Evaluation in Sport and Leisure

Edited By Andrew Adams, Kevin Harris Copyright 2023
    244 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    244 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a critical assessment of evaluation theory and practice in sport and leisure. It considers established and emerging forms of evaluation; examines typologies, issues, contexts and processes; and asks how evaluation practice can be improved in the future.

    The book seeks to uncover some of the tensions and dilemmas that are present in choosing and applying evaluation strategies. It considers the relationship between evaluation, context and evaluator to discern how and why a particular strategy is employed. It also highlights how power relationships affect and effect the evaluation process itself as well as those involved in conducting evaluations. The book encourages the reader to challenge accepted methodologies in evaluation, whilst acknowledging the central importance of evaluation and evidence for our understanding of the social impact and value of sport and leisure.

    This book is important reading for any student, researcher, practitioner or policy maker with an interest in sport, leisure and society, sport and leisure management, policy or development, leisure studies, or the wider relationship between sport, leisure, wellbeing and society.

    1. Introduction

    Kevin Harris and Andrew Adams 

    2. Problematising Evaluation in Sport and Leisure: Politics and Programme Evaluations

    John Daniels and Barbara Bell 

    3. Politics and Power in Evaluation

    Iain Lindsey and Ruth Jeanes 

    4. The Evaluation of “Whole-of-Systems Approaches” to Sport and Physical Activity

    Katie Shearn 

    5. Types of Evaluation, Theory of Change, Programme Theory, and Theory-Orientated Evaluations

    Shushu Chen 

    6. Making Sense of Process Evaluation: Exploring the Theory-of-Change Underpinning a Sport-for-Development Intervention to Promote Health in Socially Vulnerable Populations

    Emelien Lauwerier, Karen Van der Veken and Sara Willems 

    7. Theory of Change and Logic Models: Their Use in the Evaluation of Sport and Physical Activity Participation Programmes

    Nicola Bolton 

    8. Introducing Realist Evaluation within Sport and Leisure: A Realist Evaluation Case Study of the Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador Programme

    Louis Ryan, Kevin Harris and Steven Henderson 

    9. A Social Return on Investment Case Study of a Sport and Leisure Programme

    Claire Hannah-Russell, Richard Joiner, Sean Radford, Tom Dickson, Steve Grimmett, Sarah Covington and Emma Howe 

    10. Collaborative Evaluation in Sport and Leisure

    Ramón Spaaij and Hebe Schaillée 

    11. Understanding Approaches to Evaluation within the Community Sport Social Enterprise

    James Mason 

    12. The Evolution and Elevation of Evaluation in Sport England: What Does Uniting the Movement Signal for the Future?

    Chad Oatley and Darcy Hare 

    13. Knowledge Exchange in Evaluation: Moving the Field Forward

    Andrew Bailey 

    14. Conclusion: Towards Evaluation and Learning in a Brave New World

    Andrew Adams and Kevin Harris


    Andrew Adams is Senior Academic in the Department of Sport and Event Management at Bournemouth University, UK.

    Kevin Harris is Principal Lecturer in Sports Business Management at Hartpury University, UK.