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.

chapter Chapter 1|11 pages


ByKevin Harris, Andrew Adams

chapter Chapter 2|15 pages

Problematising Evaluation in Sport and Leisure

Politics and Programme Evaluations
ByJohn Daniels, Barbara Bell

chapter Chapter 3|14 pages

Politics and Power in Evaluation

ByIain Lindsey, Ruth Jeanes

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages

Making Sense of Process Evaluation

Exploring the Theory-of-Change Underpinning a Sport-for-Development Intervention to Promote Health in Socially Vulnerable Populations
ByEmelien Lauwerier, Karen Van der Veken, Sara Willems

chapter Chapter 7|20 pages

Theory of Change and Logic Models

Their Use in the Evaluation of Sport and Physical Activity Participation Programmes
ByNicola Bolton

chapter Chapter 8|21 pages

Introducing Realist Evaluation within Sport and Leisure

A Realist Evaluation Case Study of the Youth Sport Trust Young Ambassador Programme
ByLouis Ryan, Kevin Harris, Steven Henderson

chapter Chapter 9|14 pages

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

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

chapter Chapter 10|20 pages

Collaborative Evaluation in Sport and Leisure

ByRamón Spaaij, Hebe Schaillée

chapter Chapter 12|13 pages

The Evolution and Elevation of Evaluation in Sport England

What Does Uniting the Movement Signal for the Future?
ByChad Oatley, Darcy Hare

chapter Chapter 13|14 pages

Knowledge Exchange in Evaluation

Moving the Field Forward
ByAndrew Bailey

chapter Chapter 14|10 pages


Towards Evaluation and Learning in a Brave New World
ByAndrew Adams, Kevin Harris