There has been a growing trend all over the world to use sport as a vehicle to drive change for the better. The causes to benefit from sporting initiatives range from the environment, cultural exchange, health, recycling and a raft of other well deserving themes. It is no surprise that sport is leading the way in these initiatives as it has always been a way of bringing together people from all manner of societies to enjoy a common activity. There are so many types of sport that can be utilized, which can be participated by young and old, physically fit or disabled, religious or agnostic, rich or poor.
Sport is the common factor, it is a leveler that is not concerned what language you speak or what god you believe in. Through fun sporting activities, it is easy to get a complicated message over without wielding a big political stick. In this blog we look at the Culture and Sport Evidence Program in the UK, which is more commonly known as CASE. It is a joint initiative for research hosted by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The CASE Program
The CASE program is heralded by the UK’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport. This rather convoluted name has a shortened acronym, DCMS. It is made up of Sport England, English Heritage and the Arts Council of England. The CASE initiative brings together these different departments to share research agendas laid down by CASE. This enables themes for improvement in many areas, including sports, museums, libraries, in a collaborative nature so there is no isolation.
The Research Topics
CASE gets involved in many research initiatives with a wide remit of causes and topics that include what initiatives and interventions are the most effective in delivering learning techniques for young people that will produce the most positive outcomes. Another CASE topic is to research the background factors that can effect or stop people coming together and swapping ideas. These factors are sometimes wide ranging and include gender, religion, age, ability and income. They can be broken down by interventions that may be reducing costs and social media advertising.
A third research area is the value of short-term initiatives, and the long-term benefits to health that a sporting program may bring by promoting engagement in the community. This valuable gathering of information is key to CASE initiatives. Finally, through all this research CASE has been able to compile a really useful database on world culture and sport. This database includes information that will not just be of benefit to the United Kingdom but other World Nations also.
What Can the Research Be Used For?
This treasured research conducted by CASE is invaluable to many global decision makers to make important choices on the benefit of sporting programs. And this understanding provides a solid platform to the future investment in sports across the world.
The data that CASE can provide make investing decisions more informed and less guess work than in the past. These choices can then be made in an elaborate manner to promote health and education through collaborative initiatives.