GIS Case Studies: PLADHP Mapping

PRSS integrates evidence-based data assessment in maximizing performance outcomes. The utilization of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a location based methodology, in working with what is traditionally viewed only as tabular data in sport, provides a visual decision tool for leadership in sport and recreation.

The GIS becomes an integral planning tool both for short and long term application, as all data that is incorporated in the map view resides in tablular format as part of the digital GIS. Data is available in real time relative to the recency of the tabular data from which the GIS products are created. Hence, change over time can also become a key consideration.

Types of data can include:

  • Sport member gender, age, and performance statistics;
  • Coach certification, sport and experience data;
  • Officials certification, experience, and availability;
  • Facility location, usage and accessibility details;
  • Demographics, such as ethnicity, age breakdowns, and spending capacity.


The above are a small example of the types of data that can be mapped, with the ability to compare and contract differing data types, as demonstrated in the case studies below. The visual map outcomes allow for evidence-based data defined decision making strategies to be applied in all areas of sport, and at all levels from recreational program planning through to high performance trend analysis.

With the continued growth in availability of data, PRSS is focused on acquiring applicable data and quality data that meets specific criteria to ensure that decision outcomes are founded on good information.


PLADHP Mapping

PRSS expereince provides a comprehensive spatial data (GIS) solution called PLADHP (Physical Literacy, AthleteDevelopment, High Performance) Mappingas a spatial tool utilized in the support and assessment of sport and recreation pathway areas including:

  • The early stages of Physical Literacy, in which the basic fundamental physical skills such as running, jumping, and throwing are introduced;
  • Athlete Development, including thelearnand train-to-train, learn and train-to-compete, and learn-to-win stages;
  • High Performance, focused on the train-to-win, and continue-to-win competitive levels in sport.


The goal of PLADHP Mapping is toensurethat strategicdecisionprocess across all facets of sport and recreation have access to quality data and visual data to ensure that decisions being made are evidence-based where possible and clear for all levels of users to interpret. Below are examples of the PLADHP Mapping process, including a recent project being introduced in the province of Alberta, Canada.


PLAD Mapping Project

PRSS is currently engaged with Alberta Sport Connection (ASC) and the Alberta Recreation and Physical ActivityDivision(RPAD) in the development of the PLAD Mapping Project. The PLAD, or Physical Literacy Athlete Development Mapping Project, was designed tocreate a sustainablevisualdata tool that provides ameasurable accountabilityandinformation resourcedirected atphysical literacy and athlete developmentin Alberta.

PLAD Mapping data requires a specific metadata (data about the data) background to ensure a high level of quality in the data being made available to provincial PLAD users. The combination of quality data and a location based (GIS) visual presentation of data allows users an effectivemethodthrough which to assess annual programming, membership activity, and the ability to create change over time visual comparatives. Utilizing a GIS also allows the incorporation of a variety of location based data, including demographic, census, facility and event data.

PLAD Mapping allows for collaboration with provicial and organizational partners to increase the probability that written athlete development strategies can transition to active program implementation.

The PLAD Mapping Project will support the integration of the Alberta “Canadian Sport For Life” (CS4L) strategies outlined for 2014 and part of the larger CS4L Five Year Activation Strategy into education, recreation, active living and sport development systems. PLAD map products will provide a collaborative set of visual data that can provide Alberta Sport Connection partners and supported organizations a strategic planning resource that can demonstrate effective alignment and implementation of programs thatwill increase the levels of physical activity of Albertans supporting the objectives of the Alberta Sport Plan.


Additional PRSS PLADHP Mapping Project Examples:



For further information on the above project case studies, contact info@pozitiveresults.ca

Pozitive Results Sport Strategies Inc. 2019