Launched by MLSE Foundation in partnership with Dr. Simon Darnell, Director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sport Policy Studies, the Change the Game research project involves an anonymous census-style online survey aimed at understanding sport and play-related access, engagement, and equity issues across Ontario. Between now and October 27, 2023 we hope to survey over 8000 youth and parents of youth across Ontario.
We need your help!
If you are between the ages of 6-29 in Ontario, or a parent/guardian of a young person, please click here where you will find more information, a consent form, and the survey to fill out. The entire process takes under 10 minutes. 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, Toronto FC, Toronto Maple Leafs, or Toronto Raptors valued at $1,000. If you are connected to youth in Ontario, please share this page as widely as possible with your networks.
WELCOME TO THE CHANGE THE GAME RESEARCH PROJECT!
For all questions, study info, and collaboration interest, please email Bryan Heal, Social Impact Research Lead, at email@example.com
PAST RESEARCH PROJECTS
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.
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.
CHANGE THE GAME 2.0 RESEARCH STUDY: CHANGE THE CULTURE, CHANGE THE GAME
This report provides fresh insights on who has been able to return to play, the quality of their experience and, more profoundly, explores issues of culture, belonging and wellness, reinforced by two years of data and the perspectives of thousands of youth.