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.

FEATURED PROJECT
Change the Game Research Project

COVID-19 shut downs have presented a rare opportunity to experience what life is like without sport, to evaluate and reflect on what is important, and reimagine a better way for youth to develop through sport.

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.

Let's listen to what they had to say. Let's act on the recommendations. Let's change the game.
For questions, partnership and collaboration interest on future Change the Game research initiatives, please contact Bryan Heal, Project Lead, at bryan.heal@mlselaunchpad.org

FINDINGS INFOGRAPHIC

change the
game research

More than

6,800

individual youth and parents from across Ontario participated in this research by sharing their experiences with sports access, engagement and equity factors in the wake of the pandemic.
Make Sport Affordable
Of youth across income levels identified "making sport opportunities more affordable" as the top priority for the returning sport sector
Post-Pandemic:
Plan For Why Youth Play

52.1%

called for sound health and safety regulations as key for their participation
Ensure Representation
"It is time for youth sport to have a good look at systematic sexism and racism. Look at the makeup of the youth teams, most do not represent the local community even when cost is removed from equation."
AGE 17, EAST ASIAN,
FEMALE, TORONTO REGION
Build Community Belonging

74.5%

of youth who participated in sports in the last two years had a very strong or somewhat strong sense of belonging to their community

sport & recreation providers

FUNDERS AND POLICYMAKERS

FUTURE RESEARCH

Included in Change The Came Report

Access Change The Game Report Here:

MLSEFOUNDATION.ORG/
HOW-WE-gIVE/
RESEARCH

ONTARIO'S YOUTH HAVE
TOLD US WHAT THEY WANT

LET'S REBUILD IT BETTER.
LET'S CHANGE THE GAME.

EXPLORE THE DATA YOURSELF!

This interactive visual dashboard will allow you to see how youth responded to key topics, and how important stories and insights emerge or change when viewed through the lens of a specific demographic. A few tips and guidelines for use:

• Each of the 1-16 numbered buttons going left to right represent a different question, or topic of exploration in the research
• The total count of all youth who responded to that question will be visible by default when you click on a question
• To apply a filter, use a drop-down menu to select a variable of interest - for example, girls. Then click submit. The results bar will now show two colors – one representing your selection, and another representing youth overall.
• Let’s try a guided example exploring the impact of COVID-19 on how often youth participate in sport. Going to Q6 highlights how many youth participated in sports multiple times per week before COVID-19.Moving to Q7 shows how those patterns have changed including how many more youth are now participating less than once per week. Staying on Q7, try applying each of the 3 “income” filters and see how the results change. What does this tell you about who has been able to access sport opportunities?
• Keep exploring other questions. What other interesting stories do you see in the data?

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.
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.