Research and Information Services

Representation and Liaison

National Access Forum:

A representative from Research and Evaluation is a member of the National Access Forum - a non-statutory advisory body on which a wide range of interests such as landowning/managing, recreation and nature conservation are represented. The Forum is administered and chaired by the Countryside Council for Wales. Its main purpose is to advise CCW about countryside access issues in Wales. As a member of the group, Research and Evaluation provides data on participation levels in outdoor sports and recreation and liaise with other partners who are working towards Climbing Higher goals of encouraging the use of the outdoor environment to become more physically active.

Physical Activity Network Wales (PANW):

PANW links individuals and organisations across the whole spectrum of physical activity in Wales; providing support and facilitating partnership working. A representative from Research and Evaluation sits on PANW’s steering group. This enables the Sports Council to provide additional advice and guidance in terms of research and evaluation of physical activity in Wales.

Countryside Council for Wales / Foresty Commission Wales Outdoor Recreation Survey Group:

The Countryside Council for Wales and Forestry Commission Wales have jointly commissioned a piece of work to explore the feasibility of undertaking a pan-Wales Outdoor Recreation Survey. The Sports Council for Wales’ Research and Evaluation section has been a key member of their advisory group, particularly with regard to making connections with other survey and research work that the Sports Council undertakes.

Gender Equality Duty/Women and Girls Working Group:

The section is represented on the Council’s internal working group on Women and Girls, providing data to measure the progress in its aims to increase female participation in sport and physical activity. Evaluation schemes such as Girls First and Fit In/Fit Together contribute to the development of further programmes to address any inequality issues and barriers to participation.

SCW has been one of the participants working with the Equal Opportunities Commission in a project to pilot the forthcoming gender equality duty in the public sector. This has involved using findings from surveys and evaluation work to contribute progress made and good practice to the EOC report.