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Play.sport Evaluation

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NZCER has been contracted by Sport New Zealand to provide evaluation services for Play.sport during 2016-2019.

What is Play.sport?

Play.sport aims to build a system that ensures all young people in the communities have access to quality, fun and challenging physical activity, physical education, and sport experiences that help them to be active, engaged, learning, and succeeding.

Play.sport is being trialled in two communities. It involves around 45 primary, intermediate, and secondary schools. The schools have access to initial support and professional learning over 3 years (2016-2018).

This long term, multi-faceted approach led by Sport New Zealand in partnership with schools, communities, sporting organisation and providers, and Government agencies.

Play.sport is on of the initiatives discussed in the Teaching Council's podcast 'What is the role of sport in education?'

About the NZCER evaluation

The NZCER evaluation has two main aims:

1) Short-term: providing information to assist in building Play.sport (a process focus)

2) Longer-term: documenting the main outcomes and changes to practice that occur for schools (an outcomes focus)

In 2018-2019 we will use a mix of short surveys, interviews, and school case studies to document outcomes.

For more information contact: sally.boyd@nzcer.org.nz

Read about the 2018 school survey 

Read about the 2018 community provider survey

Read the evaluation report from the first year (2016) below.

Play.sport Evaluation project publications:

Year published Title Publication type
2017 Reviewing the game plan: What can be learnt from the first year of Play.sport? Research report