Research has always been integral to our approach, helping to shape our curriculum development, monitoring & evaluation processes, and organizational strategy while contributing to the evidence base of what works in adolescent health.

Research Report

In collaboration with a variety of research institutions and funders, Grassroot Soccer has participated in 27 research studies since 2005, including three randomized controlled trials (RCTs), in over 20 countries and has utilized a variety of research methods, including cluster-randomized trials, qualitative studies, and mixed methods evaluations.

Our latest research report summarizes some of our completed research activities to date. Contact us for more information.

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Monitoring & Evaluation

Grassroot Soccer invests significant resources into strengthening our results-based Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) system to better measure outputs, outcomes and impact. We use evidence from the field and our findings to ensure we intervene in an effective, timely, and relevant manner. We utilize a cloud-based M&E system to measure attendance and change in knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours of participants throughout all GRS sites. We strive to constantly innovate our programs, ensuring we include, listen to, and learn from young people throughout. We have closely linked our M&E to the curriculum design and development process, allowing us to continually refine and innovate our curricula to ensure greater impact.

You can learn more about our evidence-based approach in our M&E Strategy summary.

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Research Partners

Grassroot Soccer is grateful to our Research Advisors who help to ensure we are on the cutting-edge of adolescent health and sport for development. We are also grateful to the institutions below with whom we have partnered on research activities:


Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Brown University

FHI 360

Human Sciences Research Council

International Center for Research on Women

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

National University of Science and Technology Zimbabwe

Population Council

Stellenbosch University

University of California Los Angeles

University of Cape Town

University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health

University of Western Cape Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sports Science and Development

Wits Reproductive Health Institute