What is the impact of sport and life skills programmes on adolescent girls and young women?

We are building a body of evidence to answer this question through our partners, who work directly with adolescent girls and young women. Our aim is both to prove the value of sport and improve the programmes we support to optimize outcomes. 

Based on data collected by our partners, we know that after participating in sport and life skills programmes, adolescent girls and young women changed in the following ways: 

70% Participate in other sports activities

vs. 41% before  

75% know how to prevent HIV

vs. 32% before

87% know a place to report violence

vs. 55% before

63% strongly agree that “Women should be able to earn their own money”

vs. 33% before 

57% strongly agree that “I have skills and talents that I am proud of”

vs. 28% before 28%

Measuring Change

Change in Girls

There has been a good deal of research on the impact of sport on girls’ lives in the past 30 years– all limited in scope to a particular region or intervention.  The challenge we have today is that a) we don’t have a picture of our global, collective impact of doing this work and b) research efforts are often far from the sport activities (literally and figuratively) yielding reports that don’t get integrated into program design decisions and barriers to continual assessment. This ultimately inhibits progress on advancing girls’ rights.  

In an effort to address this, Women Win has taken the lead in driving a collective impact agenda. Collective Impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is based on the premise that no single policy, government department, organisation or program can tackle or solve the increasingly complex social problems we face as a society. We need to develop partnerships with a shared interest in creating and measuring change.

With scores of partners across Latin America, Asia and Africa, we have established a common agenda, shared indicators, mutually reinforcing activities, encouraged regular communication and become a backbone organization for this effort.



Change in Organisations

In addition to measuring change on the girl level, Women Win also assesses the impact of our direct activities on organisations and the sector at large. Through collecting quantitative and qualitative on indicators, we know that because of our funding, services, tools and thought leadership, organisations report:

  • Improved capacity to design sport programmes for girls
  • Increased number of organisations investing in sport to address girls rights
  • Improved ability to measure impact of their programmes
  • Improved safety (policy and practice) in sport programmes