Since it’s inception in 2002, SPLISS has built methodological expertise and significantly added to the body of knowledge regarding the sport policy determinants of national success in elite sport. By comparing the policies of different nations SPLISS has been able to provide further insights into the effectiveness and efficiency of elite sport policies. Where the SPLISS research moves beyond the common approach to measuring the success of nations in regard to elite sport, is that in addition to inputs (e.g. funding) and outputs (e.g. medals), the SPLISS project has focused on the (variation in) policies that nations have implemented in their quest for elite sporting success.

The overall aims of the SPLISS project are:

  1. To identify the effectiveness of (elite) sport policies of different nations at an overall sports level; and to better understand a nation’s elite sport climate as perceived by athletes, coaches and performance directors.
  2. To inform policy makers and researchers about international policy developments; and at the elite level, to allow participating nations to benchmark themselves against other competitive rivals.
  3. To develop an instrument that can be used by policy makers to evaluate the effectiveness of their elite sport policies; to refine a theoretical model of the sport policy factors leading to international sporting success; and to improve the methodological approach for making international comparisons.

A future focus of SPLISS projects will also include the broader outcomes and perceived benefits of elite sporting success such as the community value of elite sport and how elite sporting success affects a positive or negative sense of national identity.

See the movie that explains SPLISS a bit more.

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