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Sport England Volunteering Funds Evaluation

CFE Research has been commissioned to undertake a process and impact evaluation of Sport England’s Volunteering Funds. These funds form part of Sport England’s goal to engage a wider range of people in sports volunteering for the dual benefit of personal and community development. Sport England have selected 32 projects to deliver this goal either through the Potentials Fund, which targets young people aged 10 to 20; or the Opportunity Fund, which targets those aged 20+ from disadvantaged communities. Central to this is trialling new approaches and working with new partners to provide meaningful volunteering experiences which incorporate sport or physical activity and social action. The evaluation aims to assess the impact of projects on the: i) initial and ongoing engagement of target groups; ii) outcomes and impacts on volunteers; and iii) social and community development amongst the communities the volunteers operate in. In meeting these objectives, the evaluation will identify what works, how, in what context and for whom to ensure that Sport England can harness learning from the funds for future engagement of volunteers.

The evaluation will use a mixed methods approach to achieve these aims, including the collection of volunteer and project monitoring data, longitudinal surveys with volunteers, and project case studies. The evaluation will employ a case management approach to ensure the successful delivery of the evaluation across the 32 projects. In addition to creating regular reports for Sport England, dashboards will also be created using Tableau software to help visualise evaluation findings across each of the projects.

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Sophie Spong

Sophie has worked on a variety of projects within the education and wellbeing sectors, and has particular expertise in educational leadership, STEM, and sports volunteering and participation. She is a capable project manager and research professional, proficient in using complex mixed methodologies to undertake formative and summative evaluations, as well as conducting exploratory market research. Her research outputs have influenced a range of national policies, including the development of DfE’s reformed National Professional Qualifications.