Evaluation Framework

Ensuring that evaluation leads to better decision making and maximum impact from investment in sport and activity

Welcome to the Sport England evaluation framework

Update September 2021: We’re busy updating our approach to Evaluation and Learning to support our new strategy Uniting the Movement. We’ll continue to use and promote the most useful tools and resources from this framework, alongside brand new ones and new ways of working too. So please look out for our new Evaluation and Learning Approach, which we hope to share in December 2021.

Our Evaluation Framework will help you design and deliver an effective evaluation for your sport and physical activity project.

It provides easy-to-follow guidance and resources that you can use or adapt alongside your own tools to develop the right approach for you.

The Framework is based on three phases - Design, Implementation, and Learning. Within these are six steps to help you build measurement and evaluation into your project from the very start, and throughout. Begin Step 1 as soon as you start designing your project.

Involve other relevant colleagues who work on project development or delivery, and incorporate the processes and principles into your own systems, ensuring they are compatible and proportionate for your project. Review and reflect on your progress throughout. 

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Top downloads

One-page Framework Summary

Adult Question Bank

Child Question Bank


Newest guidance

16 ideas to use learning in how you work

Short Active Lives Survey: what it is and how to use it

Accessible (inclusive) Evaluation

Writing an Evaluation Brief

Designing and Using Registration Forms

Ethics and Personal Data

Maximising Response Rates



Benefits of Measurement and Evaluation

Understanding Impact

  • Understand impact on strategic priorities
  • Compare and aggregate return on investment
  • Track impact over the long term
  • Evidence wider outcomes
  • Strengthen the evidence base for sport and physical activity

Learning and Improvement

  • Inform intervention design
  • Inform investment decisions
  • Refine and improve delivery
  • Support organisational improvement
  • Help others to deliver more effectively

Supporting Advocacy

  • Bring to life the impact of investment
  • Show the benefits of physical activity to health, communities and the economy
  • Advocate for investment in specific interventions
  • Make the case for investment in sport and physical activity nationally and locally

Framework overview

Case Studies

Our case studies show how the framework has been applied to funding streams and projects, with completed examples of the framework's tools.

These can be viewed as you work through the process or by clicking on the links below.

Case Study 1 - CSAF Funding Stream Case Study 2 - MWSF Project

Tools & Resources

We have developed a set of tools and resources to assist you in developing your M&E approach.

You can download and view these as you work through the process or click on the link below to view all the tools and resources available.

Tools and Resources