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Evaluation of a complex community sport intervention

The Health and Sport Engagement (HASE) Project

HASE is a mixed-method evaluation of a complex community sport intervention aiming to engage inactive people in sustained sporting activity to promote physical activity, health and wellbeing. It is designed and evaluated by Brunel sport and public health researchers and delivered in partnership with sport and public health experts in the London Borough of Hounslow.

HASE is part of Sport England’s national Get Healthy Get Active initiative which aims to improve understanding of how sport can be used to raise population rates of physical activity.The Moving More, Living More cross Government group, including representatives of Sport England, the Department of Health and Public Health England, recognises the potential sport of to help people become more active.

The study is a collaborative partnership between local community sport deliverers and sport and public health researchers. It involves designing, delivering and evaluating the HASE intervention.

The HASE project aims to engage previously inactive people in sustained sporting activity for 1 x 30 minutes a week and to examine the associated health and wellbeing outcomes.

The HASE project is takes a community partnership approach to knowledge building. The project is co-designed with participants, sports coaches and public health professionals to ensure sports projects are tailored to the needs of participants and harness the expertise of delivery experts. Training and knowledge exchange activities develop the public health and community sport expertise of delivery groups. The HASE project offers the first mixed method evaluation of a complex community sport intervention aiming to engage inactive people in sustained sporting activity to promote physical activity, health and wellbeing.

The HASE evaluation is rigorous and comparative, and includes economic analysis both rare in evaluating sport interventions. The research employs a strong quasi-experimental design providing high policy interest in the finding.

The Health and Sport Engagement (HASE) Intervention and Evaluation Project: protocol for the design, outcome, process and economic evaluation of a complex community sport intervention to increase levels of physical activity       

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Louise Mansfield
Professor Louise Mansfield - Career History Louise Mansfield is Professor of Sport, Health and Social Sciences and Research Lead for Welfare, Health and Wellbeing in the Institute of Environment, Health and Societies.  Her research focuses on the relationship between sport, physical activity and public health and wellbeing. She is interested in partnership and community approaches in sport and physical activity and issues of health, wellbeing, inequality and diversity. She has led research projects for the Department of Health, Youth Sport Trust, sportscotland, Economic and Social Research Council, Medical Research Council, Macmillan Cancer Support, Public Health England and Sport England. She sits on the editorial boards for Leisure Studies, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport and is Managing Editor of Annals of Leisure Research. Louise is known for  is known for developing evidence to inform policy and practice.

Related Research Group(s)


Health Economics (HERG) - Our strategic focus is on economic evaluation and systematic reviews of a broad range of clinical and health service technologies by providing high-quality, applied, policy-relevant research, as well as developing and refining methods to increase the rigour and relevance of such studies.

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Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifecourse - Inequalities in health and wellbeing in the UK and internationally; welfare, health and wellbeing; ageing studies; health economics.

Partnering with confidence

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Project last modified 21/11/2023