Research has always been integral to our approach, helping to shape our curriculum development, monitoring & evaluation processes, and organizational strategy while contributing to the evidence base of what works in adolescent health.

2017-2018 Research & Insights Report

Grassroot Soccer is excited to share our new 2017-2018 Research & Insights Report with you! We presented this research for the first time in July 2018 at the International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Amsterdam. Grassroot Soccer is uniquely positioned to address the adolescent health gap, combining the appeal of soccer with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our involvement in research keeps the perspectives and needs of participants at the forefront, and ensures that intentional, adolescent-centered design is the core of our approach. The 2017-2018 research report summarizes some of our completed research activities to date. Contact us for more information.

NOTE: Click here to read the 2016 research report.

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Monitoring & Evaluation

Grassroot Soccer invests significant resources into strengthening our results-based Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system to better measure outputs, outcomes and impact. We use evidence from the field and our findings to ensure we intervene in an effective, timely, and relevant manner. We utilize a cloud-based M&E system to measure attendance and change in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of participants throughout all GRS sites. We strive to constantly innovate our programs, ensuring we include, listen to, and learn from young people throughout. We have closely linked our M&E to the curriculum design and development process, allowing us to continually refine and innovate our curricula to ensure greater impact.

You can learn more about our evidence-based approach in our M&E Strategy summary.

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Research Partners

Grassroot Soccer is grateful to our Research Advisors who help to ensure we are on the cutting-edge of adolescent health and sport for development. We are also grateful to the institutions below with whom we have partnered on research activities:


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Brown University

FHI 360

Human Sciences Research Council

International Center for Research on Women

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

National University of Science and Technology Zimbabwe

Population Council

Stellenbosch University

University of California Los Angeles

University of Cape Town

University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health

University of Western Cape Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sports Science and Development

Wits Reproductive Health Institute