SPLISS stands for Sports Policy factors Leading to International Sporting Success. The research represented an international comparison of elite sport policies at the national level.
The key points of the 2008 SPLISS-study are characterised by four elements as outlined below.
? The specific focus on the relationship between policies and success and, accordingly, insights into the factors that shape elite sport policies and the pathways to success in different nations;
? The involvement of the main stakeholders in elite sport as part of our research methodology. 1090 athletes, 273 coaches and 71 performance directors in the sample nations were asked for their views about the elite sport system in their nation;
? The development of a theoretical model of sport policy factors leading to international sporting success, consisting of nine pillars, that have been operationalised through over 100 critical success factors (CSF);
? The development of a methodology to measure the competitive position of nations in elite sport quantitatively by aggregating the CSF as key success drivers into a final percentage score (see SPLISS brochure); this was presented as a "traffic light? to indicate the relative performance of each nation for each pillar measured.
The aim of this document is to present a research proposal in order to repeat and extend this international comparative study to more nations in 2011-2012.
A summary of the SPLISS 2008 study can be obtained from the SPLISS secretary (see below); general information on SPLISS and other research proposals initiated by the SPLISS consortium are also available.