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Independent Department
External Evaluation (IDEE)

Enhancing Performance through Industry Leading Quality Assurance

What is Independent Department

External Evaluation (IDEE)?

"IDEE is the process of measuring performance according to a predefined set of standards (benchmarking)"

The IUSCA IDEE process has been created as part of our ongoing work to professionalise the S&C and Sports Performance sector. IUSCA employer partners, funders and stakeholders have placed their support in IUSCA to ensure that university departments in our sector are efficient, effective, and safe.


We work closely with governing bodies, government agencies, and medical professionals to standardise our assessment criteria and help institutions work towards best practice. 




What are the benefits of EE?

  • Strategic Management and KPI Development

  • Inter-department Collaboration and Structure

  • Facilities and Equipment Audit and Review

  • Quality Assurance of Policies, Processes, and Procedures

  • Staffing - Recruitment, Retention, and Separation

  • Evaluations, Appraisals and CPD

  • Student-Athlete Health, Performance, and Wellbeing

What reports and feedback will we receive?

  • An overall department score based on your unique circumstances

  • A detailed analysis of where you perform well

  • A detailed analysis of what could be improved

  • Specific recommendations for best practice:

    • Strategic Management and Leadership

    • KPI Development and Integration

    • Athlete/Team Programming

    • Recovery Strategies and Tools

    • Testing, Monitoring and Evaluating Methodologies

    • Health and Safety Policies

    • Staff Recruitment, Retention and Separation

    • Staffing Structure, Policies and Performance Management

    • Facilities and equipment

    • Salaries and Benefits

    • Internships

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Working with the IUSCA to audit our department was a great experience. Having a knowledgeable, objective, and in depth evaluation provided invaluable information to improve all aspects of our program. Being able to examine not only the theoretical and practical application of our training system, but gain insight into how we can enhance the department will help us better serve our student-athletes

Griffin Waller, Director of Sports Performance at the University of Portland

Who is Independent External Evaluation for?

We work with sports organizations around the world, ensuring that their departments function as effectively as possible, while also prioritizing student-athlete health and well-being.


We align and liaise with university sporting governing bodies in the following locations:

United States of America (USA)











United Kingdom















If you are based in a country outside of these, please contact us for further information. 

What departments do we work with?

We are able to Independently Evaluate all sport related departments such as:


  • Athletic Department

  • Sport Performance 

  • Sports Medicine

  • Athletic Development

  • Strength and Conditioning 

  • Sport Science

  • Athletic Training

  • Physiotherapy

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Evaluation Committee

The IUSCA Independent Evaluation Board (IEB) develops and oversees the IDEE process on behalf of the IUSCA. The IEB is responsible for assessing all applications, carrying out site visits, and is authorised to award Endorsement to qualifying departments.


The IED consists of recognized experts within the fields of S&C, Sports Science, Sports Medicine, and Sports Performance. The assigned board typically consists of three members: Someone from the IUSCA, someone from a comparable institution, and someone from the elite/professional sector. 

Enquire now about IDEE at 

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