Partnership working in sport and physical activity promotion: An assessment of processes and outcomes in community sports networks

Baker, Colin ORCID: 0000-0001-8971-2829, El Ansari, Walid and Crone, Diane ORCID: 0000-0002-8798-2929 (2017) Partnership working in sport and physical activity promotion: An assessment of processes and outcomes in community sports networks. Public Policy and Administration, 32 (2). pp. 87-109. doi:10.1177/0952076715625104

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Community sports networks were established in 2007 to coordinate local sport and physical activity promotion. Partnerships continue to be used to deliver policy. It is important to understand the relationship between the internal structure of partnerships and their outcomes. This study assesses associations between predictor variables relating to partnership structure and process and four intermediary partnership outcomes: satisfaction, synergy, commitment and effectiveness. A retrospective analysis of data was conducted on 171 surveys administered between September 2008 and March 2009 from community sports network members in England. The predictor variables explained 67% of the variance in synergy, 75% of the variance in satisfaction, 63% of the variance in commitment and 46% of the variance in effectiveness. Sustaining a positive benefits-to-costs relationship, establishing effective communication and partnership strategy, and demonstrating impact were predictive of the four intermediary partnership outcomes. Further research is warranted to help establish a detailed understanding of partnership processes and outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Additional Information: Peer reviewed (Sage version 2 ) non-commercial use only.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Partnership working in sport; Sport community networks; England
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Health, Life Sciences, Sport and Wellbeing
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2016 15:53
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:09

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