Guide with the analysis

Regarding the data collection methodology of this guide, it was considered relevant to elaborate different questionnaires that fit and address the issue of the inclusion of people with disabilities in / through sport at different levels of action, from the European level to the best local practices to understand the factors involved and the potential barriers and facilitators of framing structures in the promotion of inclusive sport.

For the collection of data, we developed three questionnaires to be applied to different stakeholders, in order to differentiate their performance, namely:

  • Completed by organisations working at European-level;
  • This questionnaire aims to gather information about the European situation in relation to the participation of people with disabilities in sport.
  • Completed by national organisations that develop their work with people with disabilities;
  • This questionnaire aims to gather information about the national situation in relation to the participation of people with disabilities in sport.
  • Completed by local, regional and / or national structures which consider having in their action plan good practice in promoting the inclusive process of people with disabilities through sport;
  • This questionnaire aims to gather examples of good practice in relation to the participation of people with disabilities in sport.
All of the questionnaires contained open-ended and closed-ended questions and all questionnaires address the following themes:

The questionnaires were applied online with the use of the survey monkey, in order to facilitate their sending and dissemination by respondent entities. As for its application, the EPC, being a European-wide structure, was responsible for the dissemination of the different questionnaires, and the remaining partners were responsible for the dissemination and completion of the National Level Questionnaire and the Good Practices Questionnaire.

In the subsequent analysis of the questionnaires it was decided to analyse the questionnaires that answered at least half of the questions presented. Due to the reduced sample, the researchers decided not to perform a descriptive analysis rather a more in-depth statistical analysis.

It should be noted that, as in the European Level Questionnaire, only 5 entities answered and did not answer all the questions, a detailed analysis of this questionnaire is not done – but the information contained in this questionnaire complements the analysis of the information from the other questionnaires.

Finally, it should be noted that the data obtained refer to a reduced number of entities (or countries) in relation to those who might have participated in the study and therefore the results obtained can’t be generalized, but they are examples of the current situation. So, these data are essential for surveying the current situation in the participating countries in order to build future measures and actions aimed, on one hand, tackling barriers and discrimination in inclusive sport and, on the other hand, being focal points to improve and build an increasingly inclusive future.