The Proof

The University of North Carolina Greensboro’s (UNCG) Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness (IPAHW) teamed up with the InSideOut Initiative to help assess the impact, outcomes and sustainability.

The Assessment Team is being led by Dr. David Wyrick, public health education professor and director of the institute, and Dr. Muhsin Michael Orsini, adjunct faculty member and director of evaluation for Prevention Strategies.

Evidence-Based Findings

Aligns Communities

Saturates school communities statewide with the shared common language that supports co-curricular, character-based, transformational coaching of education-based athletics.

  • 98% of participants reported that education-based athletics is a good fit for athletes and parents, and 97% reported that it is a good fit for coaches and athletic administrators
  • 97% of participants reported that education-based athletics is better for athletes and parents, and 98% reported that education-based is better for coaches and athletic administrators than the win-at-all-costs sports culture
  • 91% of participants reported that they are using the shared common language that supports education-based athletics

 

Establishes Support

Develops a clear set of expectations of all stakeholders that support this purpose.

  • Participants reported that organizations where they are employed/affiliated increased the degree to which they value education-based athletics by 12%, and communities increased the degree to which they value education-based athletics by 18%
  • 90% of athletic directors and coaches reported that they are encouraging the development of a clear set of expectations of all stakeholders that supports education-based athletics
  • 83% of coaches reported that the Initiative is prompting changes to policy, and 88% reported that the Initiative is prompting changes to practice in school communities

Prepares and Empowers

Intentionally provide character growth opportunities for students through their sports experience.

  • 96% of participants reported that they are using the materials they received at trainings (e.g., PowerPoint slides, workbook and handouts), and 100% reported that the materials are effective
  • 97% of athletic administrators and coaches reported that they are intentionally providing character growth opportunities for students through their sports experience

Implementation & Impact

This ongoing evaluation is investigating the implementation and overall impact of the InSideOut Initiative. Findings are determining best practices for replicating the Initiative across diverse NFL markets by comparing present implementation and outcomes in Colorado and Texas to ongoing efforts in Minnesota. The evaluation of impact is investigating the degree to which the initiative aligns communities, establishes support, and prepares and empowers. 

The Work is Just Beginning

“There is convincing evidence that early adopters of this initiative are changing policy and practices in communities and intentionally providing character growth opportunities for students during their sports experience. The adoption of the InSideOut initiative is highly feasible based upon preliminary evidence.”

Dr. Muhsin Orsini, Evaluation Team, UNC Greensboro