About The Danish Institute for Sports Studies
The Danish Institute for Sports Studies (Idrættens Analyseinstitut/Idan), including its two branches, the international sports political initiative Play the Game and the Danish Institute for Non-Formal Education (Vifo), is an independent research centre originally set up by the Danish Ministry of Culture in 2004 and primarily financed by state lottery funding.
The primary objective of the Danish Institute for Sports Studies is to initiate and develop a broad range of social science research projects in the field of sports. Furthermore, its aim is to analyse political initiatives regarding the world of sports and stimulate public debate around central questions related to these initiatives.
Since merging with Play the Game (www.playthegame.org) on 1 January 2011, the Institute is now also responsible for organising the international Play the Game conference and promoting democracy, transparency and freedom of expression within the international sports community.
Since March 2013, the Institute has equally become responsible for the new Danish Institute for Non-Formal Education (Videncenter for Folkeoplysning, www.vifo.dk), which focuses on non-formal adult education and non-formal youth and children leisure activities such as the scout movement, and political and religious youth organisations.
The Danish Institute for Sports Studies, Play the Game and the Danish Institute for Non-Formal Education have a joint board, management and economy, but have independent profiles and objectives.
The overall objectives of the Institute are:
- to establish a general overview of and insight into the fields of sports and non-formal education nationally as well as internationally
- to analyse the implications and perspectives of policy initiatives within the fields of sports and non-formal education
- to initiate public debate on key issues in non-formal education and in Danish and international sports politics
- to organise the international Play the Game conference at suitable intervals for a target group of Danish and international journalists, academic researchers and sports officials debating current sports political issues
- to strengthen the ethical foundations of sport and work to improve democracy, transparency and freedom of speech in international sports through the Play the Game conference and other activities
- to develop the Danish Institute for Non-Formal Education with an independent research and communication profile.
Funding and organisation
The Danish Institute for Sports Studies is funded through a basic annual grant from the Ministry of Culture of an anticipated 9.6 million DKK in 2015 and 8.5 million DKK in 2016. The grant is regulated through the Danish Lottery Act.*
Moreover, commissioned research projects, external project grants and other commercial activities are part of the monetary funding of the Danish Institute of Sports Studies. The total turnover of the Institute is expected to be approximately 17 million DKK in 2015.
The Institute has established a number of formal cooperation agreements on different levels with other research institutions and universities, including the University of Southern Denmark, KU Leuven (Belgium) and Malmö University (Sweden).
The Danish Institute for Sports Studies is directed by a board that consists of six members appointed by the Minister of Culture. The responsibility for its daily management lies with the director of the Institute, Henrik. H. Brandt.
The management group further consists of Søren Bang (editor) and Rasmus K. Storm and Maja Pilgaard (heads of research and analysis). In 2015, the number of staff is expected to be equivalent to 16.5 full-time employees.
Contact the Danish Institute for Sports Studies
Danish Institute for Sports Studies
Frederiksgade 78B, 2. sal
8000 Aarhus C
Phone: +45 3266 1030
* Bekendtgørelse af lov om udlodning af overskud fra lotteri samt heste- og hundevæddemål, LBK nr. 115 af 31/01/2015.
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