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Evidence Review on Sports and Culture - July 2014

Dear colleague,

I am writing to inform you that we have completed our third Evidence Review on Sports and Culture, and the findings are now available on the What Works Growth website. You can download the four-page Executive Summary here. Our key findings are summarised in the graphic below:

We found 36 impact evaluations that met the Centre’s minimum standards. Overall, the evidence suggests that the measurable economic effects on local economies tend not to have been large and are often zero. Facilities, however, can have a small positive impact on property prices nearby. For more information on our methodology, click here. We have also put together a quick guide to using our reviews, which you can download here.

If you have any queries about the review, do get in touch.
Kind regards,

Henry Overman
Director, What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth
Twitter: @whatworksgrowth
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The What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth is part of the What Works Network, and is a collaboration between the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Centre for Cities and Arup. It is supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Please contact us at for more information.
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