Current Research Projects

MLSE LAUNCHPAD LONGTITUDINAL STUDY 
MLSE LaunchPad is conducting a 2-year longitudinal repeated-measures mixed-methods trial with a sample consisting of all consenting program participants. The primary objectives are to determine if ongoing participation in Sport For Development programming leads to the following outcomes:

For Youth Aged 6-12:
  • Increased physical literacy
  • Increased physical activity
  • Continued participation in sport
For Youth Aged 12-18:
  • Increased positive health behaviours including increased physical activity
  • Increased life skills
  • Increased academic outcomes
  • Continued participation in sport
For Youth Aged 18-29:
  • Increased job readiness
  • Increased life skills
  • Increased rates of placement in employment, apprenticeship, or training
  • Continued participation in sport
Ethical approval has been granted by the Community Research Ethics office and recruitment is underway. Please contact Robert.Mihan@mlselaunchpad.org with any questions you may have, or to sign up for research if you are a registered MLSE LaunchPad member.

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN PRO SPORT 
This project explores the changing nature of sport corporate social responsibility (CSR) within MLSE. Interviews and a historical document review will inform a detailed case study of the past, present, and imminent future of sport CSR at MLSE. 
The following issues will be explored and discussed as part of this research project:
  • History of sport CSR at MLSE leading to the development of the MLSE LaunchPad model
  • Current corporate strategy and relationship to sport CSR initiatives
  • Collaboration model for sport CSR including authentic partnerships with local stakeholders
  • Sustainability of community development created by sport CSR initiatives such as MLSE LaunchPad
  • Role of measurement and evaluation in sport CSR initiatives
  • Implications and potential benefits of the LaunchPad model of sport CSR
  • Applicability of the LaunchPad model across the pro sport industry in North America and beyond