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Calibrating Inclusive Sporting Encounters

Living Labs

This Research Project is carried out in two living labs in Utrecht (Leidsche Rijn) and Eindhoven (Tongelre). The main reason we choose living labs is the ability to calibrate disciplinary knowledge, thorough academic research with practical interventions (Ericsson et al., 2005). The living labs are situated in a neighbourhood in Utrecht and in Eindhoven, both of which are characterized by multi-problems and relatively low levels of sport participation. With the project we are delivering prototypes (product/process) that support organisational networks and frontline workers in their tasks and ultimately make sporting encounters for vulnerable groups more inclusive. This includes a self-assessment tool for organisational networks and a skills training for frontline workers.

Living labs are a research and design methodology for developing and testing services or processes in co-creation with users in a real-life environment that is applied by research institutes in collaboration with public and private partners.

For more information about the living labs, see the PACT maps (people-activities-context-technologies) of Leidsche Rijn and Tongelre:
Leidsche Rijn PACT Map
Tongelre PACT map