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Developing Champions Evaluation Tool

Developing Champions Evaluation Tool resulted in a collection of valid, reliable and appropriate instruments to evaluate the Developing Champions (DC) Program which aims at instilling sports management and broader life skills in talented young athletes.

Undertaken by the Curtin Centre for Sport and Recreation Research in collaboration with the Department of Sport and Recreation WA and the Western Australian Institute of Sport, the project was unique in its holistic approach by capturing the responses of three core groups of program stakeholders: the target audience (young talented athletes participating in the program), the groups responsible for delivering the program (lead facilitators, co-facilitators/presenters), and individuals and organisations external to the program with an interest in its outcomes (e.g., coaches, state sporting associations, parents of participating athletes).

The project’s core impact has been the development of four tools to facilitate the ongoing improvement of the DC Program, comprising the Developing Champions Participant Evaluation Tool (DC-PET). The DC-PET will assist athletes, facilitators and administrators, coaches, and parents to record their evaluations of the program and key athlete behavioural outcomes.

Collectively, these tools will ensure that the DC Program is delivering demonstrable and quantifiable behavioural changes in athletes in terms of both sport-specific and non-sport behaviours, facilitators and presenters are suitably qualified and ideally placed to deliver the program, and the program is timed, organised and coordinated effectively so that athletes are successful in applying skills learnt upon completion in their sport and life.

Principal Areas of Enquiry:

Management and Technology

Lead Researchers:

Professor Martin Hagger - School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Curtin University
Professor Marian Tye - Centre for Sport and Recreation Research
Brendan Cullinan - Department of Sport and Recreation WA

Research Team:

Dr Sarah Hardcastle, Rachael Glassey

Industry Collaborators

Kate Bobridge, Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS)

Liane Tooth, Pathway Development, Department of Sport and Recreation WA

Industry Partners

Department of Sport and Recreation WA
Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS)

Project Collection


Exploring the Perceived Effectiveness of a Life Skills Development Program for High-Performance Athletes

Developing Champions Program Participant Evaluation Tool (DC-PET): Development Project Report