Up2Us Sports is a nationwide leader in engaging, training and supporting sports coaches to serve as mentors and role models to youth living in some of America’s most underserved communities. Its Sports-Based Youth Development Program, Up2Us Sports, encourages underserved youth in cities across America to make positive life choices.
STS provided technical assistance to Up2Us to ensure the validity of survey instruments and procedures used to document the impact of its Sport-Based Youth Development programs. Specifically, STS conducted an in-depth review of current instruments, developing a list of recommendations for revising the instruments, modifying the research design, and establishing an item bank to be used for the revision. Based on those findings, STS revised the existing instruments and developed new ones to better fit the needs of the programs. New instruments were piloted to ensure validity, quality, understandability, and implementation feasibility before finalized versions were established.