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Community Sport Development: Managing Change and Measuring Impact

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: 30 October 2019

Guest Editors

Mathew Dowling, Anglia Ruskin University
Sarah Lee, University Centre Hartpury
Chris Mackintosh, Manchester Metropolitan University 
James Allen, Sport and Recreation Alliance

Managing Sport and Leisure

Managing Sport and Leisure is a refereed journal that publishes high quality research articles to inform and stimulate discussions relevant to sport and leisure management globally.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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This special issue is inspired by recent developments within community sport which has seen a continual redefinition of the roles and responsibilities of community sport organisations. Central to these developments has been the increasing requirement to be held to account in relation to their various funding agreements. In adopting the adage of ‘what gets measured gets done’; it is possible to argue that what is measured and how it is measured matters within the sport and leisure industry.

According  to Houlihan (2013) “the managers of sport development programmes face a stiff challenge in identifying valid measures of progress, especially sustained progress” (p. 557). Being able to demonstrate program and policy effectiveness and impact is increasingly important for all sport and leisure organisations. We suggest this situation has become particularly pronounced and challenging for community-based organisations who, often with limited resources and capacity, must demonstrate accountability to a wide range of funding partners.

Furthermore, it is apparent that globally, outcome measures used to evaluate and hold policies and programmes to account are changing from traditional (crude) participation measures towards more complex outcome measures. How, then, are sport and leisure organisations managing and responding to these broader environmental changes? How can sport and leisure managers within community-based organisations demonstrate progress and impact across a complex variety of outcome measures? Despite the importance of monitoring and evaluation, and a growing body of knowledge surrounding policy and program evaluation (e.g. Chen, 2015; Vedung, 2009), discussions regarding evaluation and
impact have been largely focused on and contained within the sport-for-development literature (e.g., Coalter, 2010) with little attention within other areas (for exceptions see Houlihan, 2013; Taks, Green, Misener, & Chalip, 2014).

This special issue seeks to readdress this imbalance by generating interest in, and collating best practice examples concerning the management of change and measurement of impact within community sport and leisure organisations. In this special issue we accept that community sport is a contested domain; we also recognise that community sport development occurs in a wide variety of organisations and settings (e.g., Hylton & Totten, 2013). With the increasing shift toward non-traditional service providers in recent years, the role and remit of community-based organisations and actors is likely to continue to grow and evolve with the boundaries between it and other domains becoming increasingly blurred.

As such we invite submissions to address the following themes:

• monitoring and evaluating impact and sustainability within community sport
• managing organisational change within community sport settings
• changing nature of local authorities and sport organisation delivery
• sport as a tool for social inclusion
• community sport organisation responses to changing government policy
• role of sport development in crime reduction (prevention and rehabilitation)
• role of community actors and organisations in local and regional governance
• connections between community sport, physical activity and health and wellbeing
• contributions of local sport and leisure events to broader social outcomes
• community sport and volunteering
• sport development and health
• marketing and social media in community sport organisations

How to submit your abstract

The call welcomes and encourages manuscripts from academics and practitioners who form part of the wider research community. For all proposals, authors should submit an abstract (250 - 300 words) to the guest editors, by the date indicated in the timeline below.

First draft papers: Friday 30 October 2019
Final papers: February 2020
Publication: March 2020

Length of the papers
It is anticipated that papers included in this special issue will be between 5000 and 6000 words, although the editors will consider submission which are shorter and focused. Manuscripts exceeding this length will be critically reviewed and if appropriate can extend to 7000 words.

Submission guidelines
Manuscripts can be theoretical or empirical in nature and will undergo a double-blind review. Please indicate in the title page that your manuscript is a candidate for the special issue. Submissions to Managing Sport and Leisure are made using Scholar One Manuscripts - the journal online submission and peer review system. 
Papers must be formatted in strict accordance with Managing Sport and Leisure style guidelines. View the Instructions for Authors for details.