Evaluating the effectiveness of applied sport psychology practice: Making the case for a case study approach

A.G. Anderson, A. Miles, C. Mahoney, P. Robinson

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Applied sport psychology has entered an "age of accountability" (Smith, 1989) and the need to develop appropriate methods to evaluate practice has been well documented (Grove, Norton, Van Raalte, & Brewer, 1999; Strean, 1998). In this paper, we have developed a framework within which practitioners can assess the effectiveness of their practice and collect evaluative information that will increase their accountability to the stakeholders. We argue that a practitioner administered case study approach to evaluation, using a number of effectiveness indicators in triangulation, is appropriate to accommodate the constraints of a practice setting and fulfill the functional criteria for evaluating practice. Further discussion on when to evaluate practice and criteria for determining effectiveness is undertaken.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-453
Number of pages22
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Volume16
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002

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