Research

How We give

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 Study

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

We need your help! Between now and May 29, we hope to survey over 5000 youth and/or parents of youth across Ontario. If you are between the ages of 6-29 in Ontario, or a parent/guardian of a young person, please click here to open the survey where you will find more information, a consent form, and the questionnaire to fill out. The process takes under 10 minutes to complete.

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 home game or a special apparel package with swag from your choice of the Toronto Argos, FC, Maple Leafs, or Raptors valued at $1000. If you are connected to youth in Ontario, please share this page as widely as possible with your networks.
For questions, study info, and collaboration interest, please contact Bryan Heal, Change the Game Research Lead, at bryan.heal@mlselaunchpad.org

PAST RESEARCH PROJECTS

1

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.
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2

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.
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3

CHANGE THE GAME RESEARCH STUDY. A STUDY FOCUSED ON YOUTH SPORT ACCESS, ENGAGEMENT, AND EQUITY FACTORS IN THE WAKE OF THE PANDEMIC

Between March-May of 2021, MLSE Foundation and the University of Toronto engaged almost 7000 youth to understand sport and play-related access, barriers, and equity factors in the wake of the pandemic. Participants were representatively diverse according to race, geography, age, gender, ability and income, and the results were clear.
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4

Physical Literacy

As part of our two-year research study, we invited MLSE LaunchPad members between the ages of 6 and 12 to help us determine the impact of Sports For Development programs on physical activity and physical literacy.
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5

Sport for Development

We invited MLSE LaunchPad members ages 18 to 29 to help us determine the impact of this integrated employment training and sport program on employment outcomes.
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