The purpose of this research is to develop and validate a theoretical model to measure the competitiveness of nations in elite sport. The SPLISS model (Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success), developed in 2007, will be taken as a starting point. The first stage (2011) is concerned with testing this model with regard to its content and construct validity, by surveying experts in elite sports at the overall sports level and by statistical analysis on the weights and factors. In the second stage (2011-2012) this theoretical framework will be tested in an empirical environment, by making an international comparison with a significant number of nations. During this stage, this study intends to improve the criterion validity of the model by identifying possible relationships between the determinants of competitiveness and the international performances of nations in elite sport. Nations have already been contacted through an international consortium group (with positive results). Mixed research methods will be used to collect and analyse data. A policy questionnaire will be completed by each nation on the different critical success factors and additionally stakeholders (athletes, coaches, performance directors) in elite sport in each nation will be surveyed. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be transferred into a scoring system, in order to allow statistical relationships, reflecting to economic competitiveness measurement. This system will be validated by expert assessments and statistical analysis.
Effective start/end date1/01/1131/12/14

    Research areas

  • sport

    Flemish discipline codes

  • Other social sciences
  • Psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Economics and business
  • Pedagogical and educational sciences
  • Sociology and anthropology

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