Evaluation of a cross-sector community initiative partnership: delivering a local sport program

Eval Program Plann. 2014 Jun;44:36-47. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2014.01.003. Epub 2014 Jan 31.


Corporate community initiatives (CCI) are often established via cross-sector partnerships with nonprofit agencies to address critical social problems. While there is a growing body of literature exploring the effectiveness and social impact of these partnerships, there is a limited evaluative research on the implementation and execution processes of CCIs. In this paper, we examined the implementation and operational processes in the delivery of a professional sport organization's CCI initiative using program theory evaluation. The findings showed discrepancies between the associate organization and the implementers regarding understanding and fulfilling responsibilities with performing certain aspects (maintaining accurate records and program marketing) of the service delivery protocol. Despite program stakeholders being satisfied overall with the program delivery, contradictions between program stakeholders' satisfaction in the quality of program delivery was found in critical components (marketing and communications) of the service delivery. We conclude that ongoing evaluations are necessary to pinpoint the catalyst of the discrepancies along with all partners valuing process evaluation in addition to outcome evaluation.

Keywords: Corporate social responsibility; Partnership evaluation; Program theory; Sport.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Community-Institutional Relations*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Organizational
  • Program Development / methods
  • Program Evaluation / methods
  • Recreation*
  • Social Responsibility*
  • Sports / standards*
  • Urban Population
  • Young Adult