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Applied sport psychology has entered an “age of accountability” (Smith, 1989) and the need to develop appropriate methods to evaluate practice has been well documented (Grove, Norton, Van Raalte, & Brewer, 1999; Strean, 1998). In this paper, we have developed a framework within which practitioners can assess the effectiveness of their practice and collect evaluative information that will increase their accountability to the stakeholders. We argue that a practitioner administered case study approach to evaluation, using a number of effectiveness indicators in triangulation, is appropriate to accommodate the constraints of a practice setting and fulfill the functional criteria for evaluating practice. Further discussion on when to evaluate practice and criteria for determining effectiveness is undertaken.
Ailsa Anderson is with the Scottish School of Sport Studies at the University of Strathclyde, 76 Southbrae Drive, Glasgow G13 1PP. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Andrew Miles is with the School of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Wales Insitutue, Cardiff, UK. Craig Mahoney is with the School of Sport, Performing Arts, and Leisure at the University of Wolverhampton, Walsall, UK. Paul Robinson is with the Department of Physical Education and Sport Studies at the University College Worcester, UK.