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In partnership with UK Sport, SIRC became one of the founder members of the Sports Policy Factors Leading to International Sporting Success (SPLISS) consortium which conducts elite sport policy research on a transnational basis.

Our expertise in this field has been recognised by the National Audit Office, which has twice commissioned us to contribute to its reports on elite sport.

The first SPLISS study – The Global Sporting Arms Race – identified the components of a modern elite sport development system and proposed a series of measures to assess the state of development of these systems in different countries. Using a mixed-methods approach we conducted document reviews, interviews with high ranking officials and surveys with athletes, coaches and performance directors.

A second SPLISS study is currently underway with 15 contributing nations who collectively account for a quarter of medals won in the Olympic Games.

Reviewing performance

Using historical data we can produce comprehensive reviews of elite sport performance in multi-sport and single sport events.

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