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.

NUTRITION STUDY
In partnership with researchers from Ryerson University, we are studying diet quality, eating behaviours and household food security status of children and adolescents. Participants are asked to complete two surveys (total time: 30-45 minutes) and are asked to complete two surveys (total time: 10 minutes), by December 31, 2018.
In order to participate, participants must:
  • be 9-18 years of age;
  • be registered with MLSE LaunchPad
After survey completion, participants will receive a $20 gift certificate as well as Scoreboard points.
Please contact Nutrition Discovery Labs if you would like to sign up for this study or if you have any questions.
 
Email: ndlabs@ryerson.ca  
Phone: 416-979-5000 x3103
 
This study has been approved by the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board and is funded by Ryerson University Nutrition Exercise & Testing Lab (NExT Lab).

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 Interviews and a historical document review will inform a detailed case study of the past, present, and imminent future of sport CSR at MLSE.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