Welcome to SPLISS

The SPLISS (Sport Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success) network of organizations  coordinates research in regard to high performance sport policy and its relation to elite sporting success. As a network organization SPLISS also develops and shares the outcomes of research with policy makers, National Olympic Committees (NOCs), international (sport) organisations, and researchers worldwide.

Since its inception in 2002, SPLISS has built methodological and theoretical expertise in regard to the determinants of national success in elite sport and developed insights into the effectiveness and efficiency of elite sport policies of different nations. The unique feature of the SPLISS research is that in addition to measuring quantifiableindicators, such as inputs (e.g. money spent) and outputs (e.g. medals won), to the focus has also been on assessing and measuring the “black box” of throughputs (or processes). Read more….

 “SPLISS provides national level stakeholders in the elite sport development process with objective data that enables them to make rational decisions about where and how they should invest their resources for an optimal return” (Simon Shibli, Consortium member)

“For researchers the strength of SPLISS is a strong international collaborative team, that shares information and knowledge; in strong partnership with national policy makers; based on a solid grounding of theory and research methods” (Veerle De Bosscher, Consortium member)

The UK participated in the SPLISS 2008 study. According to Jerry Bingham, research director of UKSport:

In the UK, it has been difficult to answer the frequently-asked question: how does our sports system compare with that of other nations?  However, as a result of the SPLISS project, we finally have some robust comparative information on this subject. Looking across the nine policy areas that comprise the SPLISS framework, the results for the UK are generally encouraging, providing us with a degree of assurance that we are doing the right things.  The two policy areas in which we appear to have performed less well are those of talent development and the coordination of scientific research.  In reality, we have already identified these as areas needing attention, and the new investment we are now making in them may be seen as a test of the reasonableness of the SPLISS analysis.