The mission of the SPLISS consortium group is “to create a sustainable international network that coordinates research and develops and shares expertise in innovative high performance sport at the meso-level (policy level) in cooperation with policy makers, NOCs, national and international organisations, and researchers worldwide”.
The SPLISS studies are characterised by using existing and newly developed (theoretically well grounded) methods that can be used by nations to benchmark their policies and to measure their competitive position. Furthermore SPLISS aims to increase the social relevance of research in sport by developing theories, methods and strategies to better determine the impact and value of elite sport policies of nations. Each study endeavours to achieve a win-win situation for every participating nation by maximising the policy relevance and learning effects.
By disseminating the results amongst performance directors, coaches and policy makers and by searching for practical applications, an important aim is also to reduce the gap between academic research and the information that is relevant for sport management practitioners. The SPLISS consortium will respect each nation’s specific requests with regard to the publication of results.
By creating research networks and research cooperation, the SPLISS consortium wants to offer opportunities for researchers and research institutes, policy makers, and stakeholders to develop (their own) networks around high performance sport research and possibly produce joint publications (books but also scientific and popular science articles). Furthermore SPLISS projects may enable PhD students to work on components of the projects as integral parts of their doctoral studies, most likely supervised by a senior SPLISS researcher. In this respect the SPLISS consortium is most willing to assistor endorse applicants with submissions for funding . Last but not least, in the longer term the use of the SPLISS platform can help to create researchers and policy makers alike to develop their own networks as such contributing to the formation of research networks in the area of high performance sport worldwide.