Sport for Change: A Theory and Practice Exploration



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This research study is a qualitative exploration into the Theory of Change used in programs that engage sport as a vehicle to address conflict and create positive change. Primary data were gathered through open-ended interviews and observations with those who design and implement programs in order to understand how and why sport is used. An iterative research design generated key approaches that account for how micro-level efforts through sport is believed to foster macro-level positive change. This study describes, based on practitioner experience, how and why individuals are believed to overcome conflict through sport. In this manner, knowledge developed through practice will help to guide and potentially refocus knowledge developed through research in the sport for change and conflict resolution fields.