We have developed a programme of research on measuring the Social Return on Investment (SROI) and social value of sport and physical activity.
Research on the value of sport has traditionally focused on economic measures such as consumer spending, Gross Value Added and employment. Within this research programme, we have developed methods to value the wider contribution of sport and physical activity to society, including health, subjective wellbeing, education, crime, social capital and volunteering.
Our research includes international, national, regional and local SROI and social value projects, with a range of stakeholders from across the sports sector including national and local government, funders, delivery organisations and national governing bodies.
How do you frame a policy for sport if you do not know how much the sector is worth? There are well established methods for capturing economic value, however, they only capture part of the societal impact of sport. This was the problem faced by governments and sports organisations locally, nationally and internationally.
Our research utilises a Social Return on Investment (SROI) framework for measuring and valuing the social impact of sport. It was developed as part of ground-breaking research with Sport England, the DCMS and the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) in 2014. We have further developed the method in different contexts and geographical scales.
Our research on SROI and social value provides methods for evaluating the wider impact of sport on society. We have used these to generate social impact data for clients, which enables government and other stakeholder in the sport sector to evidence impact, justify investment, inform policy and better understand the value of sport and physical activity to everyday life.
Selected work from this programme
2020–21: Sport Flanders/ADEPS: A Sport Satellite Account for Belgium & the Social Return on Investment of Sport in Flanders & Fédération Wallonie – Bruxelles
2020–21: UEFA Research Grants Programme: The value of volunteering in grassroots football
2019–20: Sport England: The social and economic value of sport and physical activity in England 2017/18: Sport England report and SHU report
2018: Sport Wales: The social and economic value of sport in Wales
2017–19: ERASMUS SPORT +: Benefits of Outdoor Sports for Societies (BOSS)
2017: UK Sport: Social Value of medal success
2017: London Sport: Social Return on Investment of Sport in Greater London
2016–20: 4 Global/Experian: Social Value Calculator
2016: England Golf Partnership: Social Return on Investment for Golf in England
2015–16: Sheffield City Trust: Social Return on Investment in sport for the Sheffield City Trust group of sports facilities
2014–15: Sport England/DCMS/The Higher Education Innovation Fund: Social Return on Investment in Sport
2013-14: DCMS: A review of the social impacts of engagement with culture and sport