This is the first youth-focused workforce development impact evaluation to provide evidence about the effectiveness of sport-for-development programs.


  • Two complementary randomized control trials tracking 3000 youth over a two and half year period in Honduras and Guatemala
  • Mixed methods analysis using rigorous quantitative and qualitative methods
    • In-depth surveys conducted with youth before the program, immediately after completion, and one and a half years after completion. Tools measure education and employment outcomes as well as soft skills such as self-esteem and gender equitable perspectives.
    • Multi-perspective longitudinal case studies comparing in-depth interviews with participants and a sample of their peers, teachers, and family members.


  • Preliminary evidence of improvements in social outcomes including Development Asset Profile.
  • Improvements in job quality, but no significant change to likelihood of employment.
  • Mixed results with regard to education.