S3 Solutions was commissioned by Sport Ireland to carry out a process and outcome evaluation of the Phase 2 and 3 Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs (CSHs) programme. The aim of the evaluation was to identify whether or not hubs were successful, what impact they were having on physical activity levels what were the key contributing factors to this success.
This evaluation was informed by site visits to 16 of the community sports hubs, semi structured interviews and focus groups with 32 Local Sports Partnership Coordinators and 89 partner organisations i.e. schools, sports clubs, community groups. In addition, an online evaluation survey was distributed to hub participants, gathering 1022 response.
Our team presented national level findings for the CSH investment, as well as analysis of individual hubs. Five critical success factors for Hubs were identified, as well as five ‘pillars of sustainability’ to be considered by individual projects. The evaluation concluded that the CSHs are a positive investment in local communities and S3 proposed a series of 7 recommendations, including a revision to the outcomes framework for hubs.