We have adopted the evaluation metrics developed for the 2015 Sports Governance Observer of Play the Game and used them as the basis for evaluating US Olympic Sport Federations. Our work here would not be possible without the excellent foundational work of Play the Game in its project on Action for Good Governance in International Sports Organisations supported by the European Commission.
In the SGO evaluation framework there are 36 indicators, across 4 dimensions, which are equally weighted and distilled into a single index. Our preliminary rankings are for 22 of the 47 US summer and winter Olympic federations. In total in the US, there 39 summer, 8 winter and 25 Paralympic federations. Presently there is insufficient public information available to produce meaningful rankings of the 25 US Paralympic sports organizations.
This project is a high-level evaluation of NGB governance based on publicly available information for use by athletes, the media, the general public, sports organizations (including the NGBs and USOC) and others interested in an entry point to better understanding governance of US Olympic sports bodies. The project is ongoing with updates to the rankings provided periodically, at least annually. We welcome feedback on the metrics and their application.