The Irish Sports Monitor, 2013

Study Number (SN): 0050-02


Sport Ireland (2016). The Irish Sports Monitor, 2013 [dataset]. Version 1. Dublin: Irish Social Science Data Archive SN: 0050-02  



The Irish Sports Monitor (ISM) is a large scale population-based survey designed to measure physical and social participation in sport and other forms of exercise in Ireland. It provides the most robust measurement of sports participation in all its forms within Ireland. 


  • Sport
  • Exercise
  • Physical activities
  • Sports clubs
  • Sports spectatorship
  • Voluntary work
  • Participation in sport outside the club environment
  • Gender roles in sport
  • Sport and health



Representative sample of the population (aged 16+) in the Republic of Ireland

Observation units


Temporal coverage

Dates of fieldwork: 01/2013 to 12/2013

Time dimension

Repeated cross-sectional study

Geographical coverage

Country: Ireland

Sampling procedures

Stage 1: Stratified random selection of sampling points

The selection of the sample requires a stratified random selection of locations, or sampling points, to distribute the sample geographically throughout the Republic of Ireland, proportional to the required sample. The Republic of Ireland is divided geographically into 3,440 Electoral Divisions (EDs) ranged across Urban and Rural districts throughout the country. These EDs provide the basis of the sampling frame from which individual EDs are identified as the primary sampling points for this study.

In order to ensure that the EDs that are selected are representative of the required population in terms of their distribution around Ireland, variables from the latest census are used to stratify the EDs/combinations prior to the selection process, namely region and degree of urbanisation.

The first stage in the selection of these sampling points will involve the analysis and stratification of the population by broad region:

Rest of Leinster

Within each region further stratification by community size is conducted by:

County Borough
Towns pop. 10000+
Towns pop. 5-10000
Towns pop. 1500-5000
Rural areas pop < 1500  

Within each of these cells, all EDs are listed with their populations and the required sampling points are selected proportional to their population, utilising a systematic selection process. In this manner 500 EDs are selected by identifying every nth ED/combination. This framework ensures a spread of interviewing across all urban and rural dimensions, and further ensures that all households have an equal opportunity for selection regardless of the size of the ED in which a household is situated. In this manner the sample is spread geographically across the entire country.

Stage 2: Identification of telephone numbers

For each sampling point, a seed telephone number is identified, and from this additional telephone numbers will be randomly identified in order to provide a total sample list of telephone numbers spread throughout all regions of Ireland. However, as the numbers are generated on an incremental basis, not all are operational, not all are operational telephone numbers and there is a high degree of wastage that is built into this sampling approach.

Stage 3: Selection of the individual in the household

Quota controls are applied to ensure that the sample is representative of the universe in terms of required demographic criteria. Quota controls are then be set for key attributes within each region.

Age (16-44/45+)
Gender (male/female)
Working status (at work/not at work)

By interlocking these dimensions, interviewers are provided with specific interviewing quotas detailing the exact number of interviews to be conducted with each demographic group.

Data weighted to population estimates through QNHS and Census 2011. Weights included for Gender within age, Region, Education, Working status

Methods of data collection

CATI (Computer Aided Telephone Interviewing)


Highly active

Participated in 30 minutes moderate1 physical activity at least five times during the previous seven days (i.e. meet National Physical Activity guidelines)

Fairly active

Participated in 30 minutes physical activity at least twice during the previous seven days

Just active

Participated in a sporting activity or recreational walking for 20 minutes at least once during the previous seven days, or regularly walks or cycles for transport (at least once a week)


Did not participate (20 minutes) in recreational activity during the previous seven days and does no cycle or walk regularly for transport


1“Moderate” activity is defined as walking that is at least at a steady pace or other physical activity that is sufficient to raise the breathing rate



Data (available through ISSDA application process)

File name


File format/s

Contents of file

Irish Sports Monitor 2013


Survey data – 2013


Documentation (available for download)

File name

File format/s

Contents of file

 Irish Sports Monitor Annual Report 2013


Study report 2013

 Irish Sports Monitor Questionnaire 2013


Questionnaire 2013





Accessing the data

To access the data, please complete a ISSDA Data Request Form for Research Purposes, sign it, and send it to ISSDA by email.

For teaching purposes, please complete the ISSDA Data Request Form for Teaching Purposes, and follow the procedures, as above. This covers sharing of data with students in a classroom situation. Teaching requests are approved on a once-off module/workshop basis. Subsequent occurances of the module/workshop require a new application. If students will subsequently using data for projects/assignments they must submit their own request form for Research Purposes. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Data will be disseminated on receipt of a fully completed, signed form. Incomplete or unsigned forms will be returned to the data requester for completion.

Please note that any reference to signature and date in this document can be read as meaning the typed name and date where such an application is forwarded electronically. 



Any work based in whole or part on resources provided by the ISSDA, should  acknowledge: “Irish Sports Monitor, 2013" and also ISSDA, in the following way: “Accessed via the Irish Social Science Data Archive -”.

Citation requirement

The data and its creators shall be cited in all publications and presentations for which the data have been used. The bibliographic citation may be in the form suggested by the archive or in the form required by the publication.

Bibliographical citation

Sport Ireland (2016). The Irish Sports Monitor, 2013 [dataset]. Version 1. Dublin: Irish Social Science Data Archive SN: 0050-02  


The user shall notify the Irish Social Science Data Archive of all publications where she or he has used the data.

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