Research & Evaluation

Accountability in higher education is achieved through data-informed decisions and objective reporting of program outcomes. As a profession, collegiate recreation must continue generating research that increases knowledge that advances the profession. The general trend of increasing complexity of knowledge and skills in research and evaluation shows a progression from being able to participate, interpret, and apply findings to being able to conceive of and direct research, assessment, and evaluation processes. 

Program Assessment|Organization|Assessment/Evaluation techniques|Benchmarking|Applied recreational sports research|Disseminating results |Data analysis 


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  • Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/25/2022 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

    NIRSA Bylaws Committee Chair, Mark Ritter, and other members from the Bylaws Committee will host a virtual Town Hall to provide an overview of proposed Bylaw Amendment proposal that will be on the ballot in the NIRSA 2023 elections.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/13/2022

    Join Climate Study Implementation Team Co-Chairs Victoria Lopez-Herrera (NIRSA At-Large Director), Cara Lucia (2021-2022 NIRSA Board President) and Pam Watts (Executive Director) to review key findings and recommendations from the final Climate Study. Priority action steps, timeline and opportunities for member involvement will be shared.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    This publication highlights University of Colorado - Colorado Springs's initiative. This publication further explains the long and winding road for this campus to build an integrated model that thrives through academic and cross-campus partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    In 2021, NIRSA partnered with 122 Consulting to embark on a climate assessment initiative with the aim of gathering data about the ways members were experiencing the Association through a lens of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion (JDEI). Over the fall and winter, a climate assessment—grounded in 122’s Sustained Impact Model that includes self (self-awareness, individual accountability), spheres (interpersonal dynamics, relationships), and systems (embedded culture, policies, and practices)—was conducted by 122 Consulting with oversight and support from NIRSA’s EDI Climate Study Steering Committee. Crucially, this work was supported by NIRSA Foundation donors. Data for the climate study was gathered by surveying members and nonmembers, facilitating focus groups, and receiving input from the Steering Committee. Findings from those efforts are presented and discussed in this report.

  • Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/24/2022

    This recording features ​NIRSA President Cara Lucia, NIRSA Executive Director Pam Watts and 122 Consulting Founder & Principal Nnenna Akotaobi to review key findings and recommendations from the forthcoming Climate Study. Priority action steps, timelines, and upcoming opportunities for member involvement was shared.

  • Contains 1 Component(s)

    Written by four experts with over 63 combined years of experience, Campus Recreation Essentials: Intramural Sports provides a framework to design and create an effective intramurals program that meets the needs of campus and community participants. From budgeting to policymaking to designing play structures to assessment, this resource is a valuable addition to any rec department library. NIRSA’s Campus Recreation Essentials series focus on the building blocks needed to create a recreation program from the ground up, or to prepare a new staff member to take over or improve an existing program. Written by experts in their fields, the Essentials series is an invaluable resource to small programs, new programs, or professionals who are new to campus rec. NIRSA’s Campus Recreation Essentials series focus on the building blocks needed to create a recreation program from the ground up, or to prepare a new staff member to take over or improve an existing program. Written by experts in their fields, the Essentials series is an invaluable resource to small programs, new programs, or professionals who are new to campus rec.

  • Contains 4 Product(s)

    The NIRSA 2021 Assessment webinar package features four sessions that will help you get up to speed on your assessment practices!

  • Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Butler University’s framework for student wellbeing, BU|BeWell, has become a campus-wide initiative that provides a foundation for the entire undergraduate student experience. Creating a framework that united programming and outreach across campus necessitated the development of assessment strategies and tools that could show the impact of BU|BeWell for our students.  The presenters will describe the implementation of BU|BeWell, design of a multi-pronged assessment strategy, tools for gathering data, and how initial findings have guided decision-making for various areas at Butler.

  • Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 03/05/2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of many people. College students experienced an abrupt change in their lives. Suddenly, all their courses were fully online, and their campus was closed until further notice. For some students, the university provided access to essential goods and services that they severely depended on. Students who utilized access to their university’s facilities such as the recreation/fitness center, dining halls, libraries, and campus life buildings suddenly had nowhere to go. Some students depended on other services the university could no longer provide such as small business mentorship, free arts and cultural events, free local television programming, and an Institute of Health Equity dedicated to the community. This presentation will share findings from a study that measured perceived stress and key concerns that undergraduate students experienced during the COVID-19 Pandemic while attending a Hispanic-serving institution.

  • Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/05/2021

    ​Collegiate recreation professionals play a large role in the offering of programs, facilities, and services to a college campus. Some research findings suggest that recreation offerings are not reaching all communities on the college campus - specifically, participants with marginalized social identities. The purpose of this research study was to understand the role of collegiate recreation professionals in creating equitable and inclusive recreation opportunities. Findings and implications from this case study will be discussed.