AN EVALUATION OF THE MELBOURNE ALL ABILITIES CRICKET ASSOCIATION
reportposted on 07.01.2020 by Ruth Jeanes, Justen O'Connor, Jonathan Magee, Georgia McGrath
A formal account of an observation, investigation, finding, activity or any other type of information.
In September 2015, Cricket Victoria recognised the Melbourne All Abilities Cricket Association (MAACA) as their 77th association. Cricket Victoria and MACCA are now providing opportunities for people with an intellectual disability to play in a regular, structured and organised cricket competition, moving from sampling to sustainability. In March 2019, Cricket Victoria commissioned researchers from Monash University’s Faculty of Education to undertake an evaluation of the work of MAACA. The evaluation responded to three key research questions:
1. What are the experiences of people with disabilities and their families of participating in MAACA?
2. How have clubs facilitated these experiences? and
3. How do they anticipated the Association will develop in the future?
The evaluation adopted a mixed method approach, utilising telephone interviews with MAACA administrators and club volunteers, surveys with players and face-to-face interviews or focus groups with players and their families. In total, the research team undertook 11 telephone interviews with club based volunteers and conducted interviews or focus groups with 15 players three of which identified as women. Five parents also took part in the focus groups. 32 players responded to the survey across 6 clubs with an estimated response rate of 26%.