The National Sports Policy 2018-2027 has set out a target of having 50% of the adult population (16+) regularly playing sport by 2027.  Critical to achieving this vision is the capacity of Sport Ireland to make strong evidence informed decisions, underpinned by robust evaluation systems. Sport Ireland is committed to the development and implementation of such evaluation systems and significant progress has been made in this regard . Our evaluation focuses on answering three questions:

  1. What works, 2. For whom, 3. Under what conditions

A mix of quantitative and qualitative tools are used to understand what works when trying to get people to be active, whom it works for and what conditions must exist for it to work. These overarching questions govern all evaluations undertaken across a breadth of Sport Ireland investments.