Organisational Development & Change



The Unit is responsible for managing Organisational Development & Change activity for Sport Ireland. The primary focus of this activity is on the range of sports organisations which receive funding from Sport Ireland such as National Governing Bodies of Sports and Local Sports Partnerships. There are several key aspects to its work:

Capability Building

This refers to the strategic management of Organisational Capability Building (OCB) in client sports organisations across eight capability areas;

  • Organisational Leadership
  • Change Management
  • Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Employee Performance Management
  • Project Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Stakeholder Engagement

This is achieved through the provision of a range of OCB service offerings, further details of which can be found in the Organisational Capability Building Strategy 2014 - 2018.

Organisational Development & Change Interventions

This refers to the management of a wide array of Organisational Development & Change interventions delivered on a specific & tailored basis with client sports organisations. Such interventions take place at Individual, Group or Organisation wide level. The underlying purpose of this activity is the continual improvement of organisational effectiveness within the client sports organisations. The different types of interventions can generally be grouped as follows –

·         Structural, Strategic & Transformational Change

·         Human Resource & Human Process

Such interventions include but are not limited to the following –

·         Team Building

·         Intergroup Relations & Conflict Resolution

·         Large Group Interventions

·         Organisational Design

·         Culture Change

·         Diversity & Wellness

·         Talent Management

·         Leadership Development

·         Strategic Development & Change

·         Reward Systems

·         Employee Engagement & Involvement

Working Groups & Networks

This refers to the management and facilitation of a range of sectoral working groups and networks. Such groups typically meet on a quarterly basis and are comprised of professionals operating in a variety of different career/role types. The purpose of each group is to support peer learning, idea sharing and networking between participants. There are currently three such groups in operation:

·         Leadership, Managing Change, Performance & Projects

·         Human Resources

·         Stakeholder Engagement