A collection of resources to help you measure the success of your work or find out about the impact of sport in projects with refugees.

Monitoring, evaluation and learning enables organisations to monitor their interventions, using dedicated measurement tools to develop an understanding of whether initiatives have delivered meaningful and impactful change, that address the specific needs and aspirations of refugees and other displaced people.

Monitoring, evaluation and learning activities for organisations implementing sport initiatives for refugees are essential for:

  • Assessing impact.  Measuring the impact and outcomes of sport activities for refugees allows organisations to determine if the programmes are achieving their intended objectives, such as promoting physical and mental well-being, fostering social integration, enhancing self-confidence, and providing a sense of belonging. By collecting data and feedback from participants, organisations can understand the effectiveness and relevance of their interventions.
  • Adapting projects. Providing insights into the needs and preferences of refugee participants, it helps organisations understand what types of sport activities are most beneficial and engaging for the target population. By regularly monitoring and evaluating the initiatives organisations can adapt and tailor their offerings to better meet the specific needs and interests of refugees. This ensures that the activities are culturally sensitive, inclusive, and impactful.
  • Allocating resources effectively. By assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of sport projects or initiatives for refugees, organisations can determine where resources are best used and make informed decisions about resource allocation. This includes evaluating the allocation of financial resources, human resources, equipment, and facilities. Monitoring and evaluation data can highlight areas that require additional support or where resources can be reallocated for maximum impact.
  • Demonstrating accountability. By providing evidence to stakeholders, including donors, funders, and the wider community, about the outcomes and impact of sport activities for refugees, it demonstrates accountability and transparency in the use of resources and the achievement of intended goals. Regular reporting allows organisations to showcase the positive contributions of sport in refugee communities and maintain support for their initiatives
  • Fostering learning.  By systematically collecting data and evaluating initiatives, organisations can identify best practices and lessons learned. This information can be shared with other organisations, policymakers, and practitioners to improve the design and implementation of sport activities for refugees globally. It helps build an evidence base for effective interventions and contributes to the overall development of the field.
  • Ensuring long-term sustainability.  By continuously assessing their impact, organisations can identify strategies to enhance initiatives sustainability, such as building local capacity, fostering community ownership, and strengthening partnerships. Evaluation data can inform long-term planning, ensuring that the initiatives remain relevant, impactful, and responsive to the evolving needs of refugee populations.

Below is a selection of resources designed to assist you in monitoring and evaluating the impact of your programme, as well as some key examples of research papers on the topic of sport and refugees. sportanddev has also developed two website sections specifically focussing on monitoring and evaluation:

Situation analyses and assessments

Monitoring and evaluation

Other research, links and tools

  • Football and Refugees: Addressing key challenges
    A collection of good practices shared by UEFA member associations. This guide shows how football can have an impact in lessening difficulties that have emerged because of recent displacement crisis in Europe. 
  • Mapping of good practices relating to social inclusion of migrants through sport
    This study, initiated by the European Commission, provides an analytical overview of the types of sports-related projects and interventions used to support the social inclusion of migrants and identifies best practice in their design, implementation and measurement.
  • Sport & Peace: Mapping the Field
    Supported by a partnership between Generations For Peace and the Georgetown University Masters of Arts Programme in Conflict Resolution, this report highlights findings from a one-year international mapping project to identify promising practices in the design, implementation and evaluation of sport for peace programmes.
  • Sports as a tool for refugee empowerment
    The study explores the use of sport as a psychosocial intervention. It looks at the ways in which sports programs enhance the quality of life and improve the psychosocial development of refugees, in particular youth.
  • Sport, Refugees, and Forced Migration: A Critical Review of the Literature (Spaaij et al)           
    This literature review offers an integrative, critical review of scientific literature on the topic of sports, refugees and forced migration. It analyses academic literature published in this domain derived from fourteen languages published between 1996 and 2019. 
  • The Roles of Sport and Education in the Social Inclusion of Asylum Seekers and Refugees (Amara et al)
    The project was a part of a policy initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. It seeks to identify the ways in which sport has been used for the social inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees in UK contexts.
  • Understanding Community-Based Protection
    Drawing on documents, interviews with practitioners and field visits, this document sets out key lessons that have emerged in recent years during the delivery of Community-Based Protection. It aims to help UNHCR staff and partners at all levels to integrate community-based approaches to protection in their humanitarian work.

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