The tool

Based on the research on economic argument for investment in Sport for Development, we created Sportworks.

Sportworks was a pioneering shared impact measurement tool specifically designed for Sport for Development organisations who deliver projects, fund programmes and make policy decisions. It quantified, in monetary terms, the impact and associated cost savings of Sport for Development activities, allowing groups to effectively measure their impact and provide stakeholders with the vital business case for investment.


Sportworks has been a great tool for Sported and our member groups – it has not only allowed us to support groups in measuring their impact, but also provided evidence that we can share with key national stakeholders about the societal value our members are generating through their work.

However, it is now over five years old and we are increasingly aware of its limitations. Therefore, Sported has taken the difficult decision to phase out the use of Sportworks while we look at the potential development of a new, improved tool as part of the wider Sport for Development coalition and sector partnerships. It is exciting to be considering a shared impact measurement tool at a sector-wide level, and we will be developing this over the coming months. We will ensure you are kept updated with key progress in this area.

What does Sportworks measure?

    • Youth offending and anti-social behaviour
    • Physical fitness and obesity
    • Psychological health and wellbeing
    • Misuse of drugs and alcohol
    • Educational performance
    • Attendance and behaviour at school
    • Young people not in education, employment and training

More about Sportworks

How did Sportworks work?

From the information provided about the young people involved and the intervention being delivered, Sportworks calculated the impact that work was having in reducing the risk of those young people experiencing negative outcomes, and the associated cost saving to society of doing so.

Sportworks generated a ‘Risk score’ based on the demographic profile and postcode of participants, to quantify the 'risk' of participants experiencing a negative outcome. Similarly, it generated a ‘Protection score’ based on the 'protection' the project will provide based on the intervention, the effects (e.g. intermediate outcomes, qualifications, engagement levels) and the outcomes for young people. Both the ‘risk score’ and ‘protection score’ help to generate an impact score across all 7 social policy areas.

Sportworks then used a cost calculation model to use determine the financial cost of these social problems and therefore the savings to society associated with the impact.

Interested in finding out more?

If you are interested in the background of the tool or our key learning from the 5 years of its use, please contact the Sportworks team on

Success stories

See how organisations have benefited from shared measurement!

The research

The economic argument for investment in Sport for Development.