Sport-for-Employability | meet project MONITOR
Updated: Jan 9
Previous research has shown that sport-for-employability organisations adopt a wide variety of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) approaches of participants’ progress, ranging from none to systematic formative evaluation of participants’ progress via the use of workbooks and validated qualifications. Others measure so-called hard outcomes by recording the number of programme graduates who are either employed or enter further education.
However, a genuine need was identified by most of these organisations for a more systematic approach to the collection of information about the effectiveness of programmes in terms of participants’ personal development.
In order to face this need, the Erasmus+ project ‘Monitoring and Evaluation Manual for Sport-for-Employability Programmes (MONITOR)’ came into existence. The MONITOR project started in January 2019 and will take two years to complete.
By the end of 2020, the cooperation will result in a user-friendly manual that will help sports-based organisation increase the level of employability of the young people they work with.
Currently, great progress has been made with regard to this aim. After a review of relevant M&E measures, the project coordinator (VUB) visited the sport-for-employability partner organisations. Apart from assisting the organisations with developing their programme theory, the workshops explored how each of the sport-for-employability partners organises their M&E.
Based on these insights, a draft manual – that includes an introduction to programme theory development and M&E, tools for data collection, specific Excel spreadsheets for data analysis and information regarding interpretation of results – is currently being produced.
Since the goal is to produce a user-friendly manual, the current version of the manual will be extensively tested and commented. As a next step, the manual will be sent to the sport-for-employability partner organisations. This enables them to subsequently reflect and comment on the current version (of the manual). We are looking forward to the next stage of this project.
Please consult the project's website for more news (coming soon):
ENGSO Youth is one of the partners in the project.