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Discuss Recommendation 1 - building the evidence base

Discuss Recommendation 1 - building the evidence base

In June 09, the Forum on Productive Youth Development (PYD) Through Sport in Africa brought together participants from various countries and in various capacities - advocacy actors, donors, practitioners and policy-makers. The discussions produced 8 recommendations...

Here, we take a closer look at Recommendation 1:

Building the Evidence Base
"Continue to Build the Evidence Base to Support Sport for PYD

  • Ensure program designers and practitioners collaborate with academia to produce relevant and useful research.
  • Assist academics to generate evidence that is useful, relevant, accessible and applicable."

What do you think of this recommendation?

Those who are familiar with the use of sport as a tool for development and peace often call for a more robust evidence base with which to identify what sport can and cannot do.

This call doesn't only come from 'sceptics' in sport-for-development but also from those who are convinced by the positive role sport can play in personal and community development.

Still, this recommendation raises a number of questions: What is meant by 'relevant' and 'useful' research? Who decides what's useful and what isn't? Who should set the research agenda?

It's interesting that the word 'accessible' is used to describe the evidence that's generated by research endeavours. Are we implying that current research is being passed back and forth only within academic circles, leaving those who could actually benefit from research with little relevant information?

Maybe you agree with these comments? Maybe you disagree? Maybe you have some suggestions on how to make research more practically applicable? Share your thoughts! Leave a comment!

You can download the full set of recommendations by clicking on the link in the right hand margin


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Usha Selvaraju


Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 00:00

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