Evaluate and review SCforH engagement
In established organisations, the appraisal of new initiatives and reforms may be viewed with scepticism.
However, failure to do so will leave the task all the more challenging. The careful documentation of all elements of the implementation – including weaknesses and failures – provides critical information at every stage. This material will enhance all internal and external communication, progress updates, and the overall final report of the program. In additional, such tools and materials are indispensable when adapting and reviewing the program to changing conditions within each association or even at individual club level.
Gained experiences and well-directed observations throughout the delivery of SCforH initiatives, supported by regular feed-back through objective evaluation tools, should provide the basis for a continuous adaptation and evolution.
While this flexibility is essential in all modern sports clubs, those responsible for the implementation of SCforH initiative at association level must be kept informed about any alterations to ensure lessons are learned and shared.
For bigger changes (e.g. in the budget plan, cooperation with sponsors or external partners or skipping certain strategic goals) approval at board level may be required. However, such changes also need also to be communicated throughout your whole organisation, including club level.
Learnings from successful evaluation procedures:
- Have a clear procedure in place from the outset to ensure evaluation material is properly constructed, easily understood, and collected, stored, and analysed appropriately
- Make the impact of SCforH approach comprehensible and as measurable as possible. Ensure regular reports from all participants involved in the SCforH approach; primarily based on certain forms (questionnaire, structured report forms; …).
- Discuss the evaluation results with respondents and stakeholders.
- Determine outcome indicators (possible measures) for all fields of actions in the approach (see below)
- Well-directed (both quantitative and qualitative) observations and interviews by the project management will inform the evolution procedure.
- If feasible an audit by an external expert should be considered.
- Communicate evaluation reports regularly in your association.