We believe in the power of sport and in sport’s place in society
Sport has a huge impact on our daily lives and on our society. Every day we are surrounded by images of sportsmen and women taking part in events and winning medals. But how much do we really understand about the impact of sport and how do we measure and quantify these impacts? Only through a comprehensive understanding of the actual impact can we truly appreciate the real value of sport and the benefits it brings to host cities and nations.
We believe that sport is undervalued and that the true impact of sport is not fully understood and thus rarely captured
There is currently no internationally recognised method of analysing the benefits of sport, and in particular the benefits of hosting major sporting events. Every sport federation, event organiser or government agency uses its own different methodology. Few of these methodologies are comprehensive in nature and they frequently miss the true, holistic impact of sport.
There is no commonly accepted international standard that allows the analysis and comparison of major sporting events. The GSI Project aims to develop that standard and provide a platform where events can be compared across a range of indicators
The GSI Project has three principal goals:
- To develop a standard methodology for measuring the impact of sport providing stakeholders with an objective and comprehensive assessment of major sports events;
- To build a community to exchange knowledge and insights and to create a unique forum to promote discussion around the positive and negative impacts of sport;
- To provide a suite of products that can help stakeholders capture, analyse and present the true impact of their events using the standard methodologies and frameworks that have been created by the GSI Project.
The GSI Events Study programme aims to capture the data and narrative from an event in a wider, more holistic view than the current methodologies used for capturing the impact of an event.
It starts by trying to understand the key objectives of all the main stakeholders: the governing body, the host city, region and nation, the national federation and the organising committee.
The GSI project is an inclusive, collaborative enterprise.
Since its inception it has engaged a wide range of stakeholders, including federations, governments, academics and practitioners, in its development.
The project has clearly struck a chord, resonating widely and prompting much discussion and sharing of knowledge.
The GSI project is looking for partners to help support and develop the GSI Project.
The project is looking for partners that can provide valuable guidance and support in the development of the GSI Project and that have a good understanding of the various impacts of major sporting events.
Partners will work alongside the GSI Project team and share knowledge and information in developing the GSI Platform.
Publish Date: September 2016
Publish Date: September 2015
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