We use a mixed-methods approach to measure outcomes in all our programs and services, and we continuously iterate and improve based on evaluation results. Our program cycles allow us to rapidly incorporate evaluation findings to ensure an ascending standard of excellence. Our research team also conducts large-scale studies in partnership with academic collaborators.

Change the Game Research Project

Launched by MLSE Foundation in partnership with Dr. Simon Darnell of the University of Toronto, the Change the Game research project is an online survey aimed at understanding sport and play-related access, engagement and equity issues across Ontario in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By April 23rd, we hope to survey over 5000 youth and/or parents of youth across on Ontario.

We need your help!

If you are between the ages of 6-29 in Ontario, or a parent/guardian of a young person, you can participate in the survey.  The entire process takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and as a thank you for your time and feedback, anyone who completes the survey will be eligible for a free prize draw that includes tickets to a future game (when safe) or a special apparel package for one of their favourite teams valued at $1000.

For any questions about Change the Game research, please contact Bryan Heal,Project Lead, via email (preferred) at or by phone at 416-637-7588.



Increasing physical literacy in youth: A two-week Sport for Development program for children aged 6-10

This paper presents initial evidence that an intentionally designed two-week SFD day camp program successfully increased PL among youth facing barriers in a North American urban context, and explores the methodology used to teach and evaluate PL at a community-based SFD facility.

A study protocol for a 2-year longitudinal study of positive youth development at an urban sport for development facility

This paper outlines the study protocol measuring impact of an urban Sport for Development facility on positive youth development in youth facing barriers.