The Social Science Research Collaboration Platform is an informal “Community of Practice” for international organizations that fund or support Social Science Research (SSR) in sport integrity matters. Its focus is to share best practices and raise the visibility of SSR to increase its usability and, ultimately, its impact on the sporting system. The organizations involved engage to share experiences using their collective insights to improve the benefits of SSR, including reducing duplication of research and importantly, improving the way in which SSR is disseminated, understood and adopted by stakeholders in the field of sport.
There are currently six different organizations who attend meetings of the Platform:
- Council of Europe
- European Commission
- International Olympic Committee (IOC) (The Olympic Studies Centre and Medical & Scientific Department)
- Partnership for Clean Competition
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
On 27 April 2021, the Platform released a Communiqué that highlights the SSR opportunities available for researchers and stakeholders of each organization.
Also on 27 April 2021, a Survey of stakeholders was published. The Survey is designed to gather feedback in the area of SSR as it relates to sport integrity. Stakeholders are asked to provide feedback by 31 May 2021 on their experience with SSR to help participating organizations learn the needs of the sporting community and improve their support and promotion of SSR in sport in the future.