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An arrow arcs towards an archery target, on a trajectory that passes through a number of stages. Problem, Activities, Outcomes, Indicators, Vision or Gap before finally hitting the bullseye.

Setting the scene

Before you can influence change, you need to understand the issue you want to address. You also need to understand the current situation of that issue. This process is called problem identification.

When you outline the problem and subsequent change you want to see, it forms the basis of a ‘theory of change’. The difference you want to make by the end is referred to as a ‘vision’ or a ‘goal’. Mapping out the stages required to move from the problem to the solution can be detailed in a ‘logic model’. A logic model includes activities, outcomes and indicators. By outlining these steps in detail, you can monitor progress to make sure you stay on track, and evaluate how successful you’ve been in achieving the goal.

Policies and programmes contribute towards achieving change. They depend on each other to work. Policies are guiding principles. Programmes are action. Programmes can anchor on policies, but to support long-lasting change policies need to be formally enacted.

Whether you are more involved in policy or programmes, it is important that you understand the relationship between these two in order to make lasting change in your respective area.

What we will cover:

  • Week 1: Setting the scene: sport, development and change
  • Week 2: Creating change: strategy, policy and governance
  • Week 3: Making it happen, making it work, measuring impact
  • Week 4: Mobilising people, partners and resources

By the end of the course, you will have a firm understanding of how sport can be intentionally used to help build stronger and healthier individuals, communities and countries. You will also be more aware of sport’s risks and limitations. Finally, you will have more experience of tools and frameworks that can be applied in your sport and development work.

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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes

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