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Special Olympics Fitness Evaluation

Why Evaluate Fitness Programming?

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Evaluation offers the opportunity to modify activities that are not effective, enhance activities that have a positive impact, and allocate resources more strategically.
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Evaluation raises awareness of the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can engage the public, institutions, and governments with data to support the implementation of necessary programs and policies.
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Evaluation helps funders and partners appreciate the impact of their contributions. Evaluation shows who you are reaching and how you are impacting them.

Fitness Data Collection Tools

Our team offers specialized tools for evaluating fitness programs tailored to individuals with intellectual disabilities. These tools have been tested for feasibility among Special Olympics athletes and coaches. Please use these tools to evaluate your ongoing fitness programming.

Lifestyle Survey

Gauge changes in lifestyle behaviors and well-being before and after your program. While you don't have to use all the tools, we highly recommend using the Lifestyle Survey.

Fitness and Health Assessments

Measure fitness and health outcomes before and after your fitness program to track athlete improvements.

Physical Activity Wearables

Distribute physical activity wearables, such as Fitbits and Apple Watches, to athletes. Track physical activity, sedentary time, and sleep patterns before, during, and after fitness programming.

Attendance Tracking

Keep a record of attendance at each session of your fitness program. Monitoring participation is essential to understanding engagement.


Review and use these 8 tools and surveys

Connect with Special Olympics Research and Evaluation Team

Contact SOI's Research and Evaluation team! Complete this Fitness Evaluation Request Form to streamline your evaluation process. Here's how we can help:

Customized Support

Tell us your support needs, and we'll assist you in reaching your evaluation goals.

Tool Selection Guidance

We'll help you choose the right tools for your fitness program evaluation.

Data and Reports

Receive program-specific data and impact reports from our team.