ActiveXchange's team have set up national databases in several countries. The approach is always flexible, below are some guiding principles for what works best.
Why is this needed?
There is a huge amount of time and resource wasted in collecting basic infrastructure information (name of the site, location, specification of facilities, access information, age of facilities, quality rating etc.), significant duplication between organisations, as well as a lack of consistency in information gathered. A central national database of one or several sports has significantly enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure planning decision making.
Who usually governs the initiative?
Either the sport (if sport specific), or usually a cross-industry group which includes government and associations, national bodies and a selection of leisure and sport planning consultants.
Who’s the database designed for?
All stakeholders who have an interest within community sport, leisure and recreational infrastructure. If your organisation is undertaking any kind of strategy or planning work this toolkit should be of assistance.
What data is contained?
Non-commercially sensitive data on sites and the facilities within these sites. The database structure has had significant input from stakeholders across several countries within which ActiveXchange operate. It can then be further tailored for each network.
What will I be able to access?
Your account will enable you to add and edit details on any sites already contained within the database as well as add new sites. You will be able to analyze the data using the built-in dashboards, as well as export the data in Excel format.
Who owns and can access the data?
The data is usually open to any organisation with a SportsEye account that connects into your SportsEye Network. You will require an account in order to manage, analyze or export the information. All changes to the database are tracked and timestamped and back ups regularly taken.