Current Research Projects


The Sport For Development Metrics Framework is intended to unify the measurement and evaluation efforts of a range of organizations that fund and deliver youth Sport For Development programming across Canada and beyond, enabling powerful shared learnings to improve youth outcomes and charitable returns on investment. 

Aligned with common data movements and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the Sport For Development Metrics Framework was developed by the MLSE LaunchPad Research and Evaluation team in consultation with the MLSE Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, and the Lawrence Heights Sports, Wellness and Achievement Network (S.W.A.N).  The Framework is based on the MLSE LaunchPad Theory of Change, which describes and explains how Sport For Development programming may contribute to a range of Positive Youth Development Outcomes for youth facing barriers, and draws from the scholarly and gray literature in the Positive Youth Development and Sport For Development fields as well as industry publications.

The Framework is intended for use in Sport For Development programs that serve youth aged 6-29, and is compatible with the MLSE Scoreboard digital platform for youth engagement and evaluation.

Please contact for more information, including for access to specific outcome measures and recommended usage guidelines. 

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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 with any questions you may have, or to sign up for research if you are a registered MLSE LaunchPad member.

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