Insight & Innovation
Our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan sets out our objective to “Enhance our insight about the constantly evolving threats to clean sport in the UK and globally”.
UKAD has launched an Insight & Innovation team to co-ordinate our engagement with research and identify ways of enhancing our operations.
Contact the Team
Our Insight & Innovation team can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Research & Innovation Agenda
We will research doping prevalence within sports in the UK
We seek new methods and technologies to gain insight on doping prevalence within sports
Implementation of novel sample collection methods
Improve UKAD's detection rates for prohibited substances and methods through enhanced analyses
We will use data obtained from monitoring and evaluation processes to improve UKAD's anti-doping education and operations
We will research how we can use our existing data and external data to inform UKAD's policies
UKAD's Insight & Innovation team have identified the following four areas as our research priorities.
Read about them below.
Prevalence studies are difficult to undertake due to the inherent difficulties of obtaining accurate and reliable data.
We will seek innovative ways of assessing prevalence of doping in sports in the UK, by sport and by level of athlete.
This will enable us to benchmark our efforts in the pursuit of clean sport.
To enhance our drug detection for prohibited substances and methods we will carry out more research in the following areas:
Dried Blood Sampling
- Detecting anabolic androgenic steroids from dried blood sampling
- Detecting steroid esters from dried blood sampling
- Expanding on the analysis menu in order to validate detection methods towards other prohibited substances and methods
- Detecting autologous blood transfusion
- Developing indirect methods for detecting blood doping
Improving existing analytical methods
- Growth hormone biomarkers
- Growth hormone releasing factors
- Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents
To enhance our anti-doping education and operations at UKAD we seek to answer the following research questions:
- How can we measure the effectiveness of our education interventions?
- How effective are our education programmes towards reducing unintentional and/or intentional doping?
- What are the most effective methods for educating athlete support personnel?
- How effective is our testing strategy at deterring athletes from doping?
- Can we measure the impact of our sample storage and reanalysis programme on deterring athletes from doping?
Intelligence & Investigations
- Are there alternative methods towards gathering information on suspected doping activity?
Using data to inform our policies and processes, we seek to answer:
- What can our existing data can tell us?
- Does Artificial Intelligence have a role in supporting anti-doping activities?
Investigating behaviours and influences of athlete support personnel on clean sport
UKAD wishes to investigate:
- Athlete support personnel's perception of how important clean sport values are to them and their sport
- Athlete support personnel's level of anti-doping knowledge and their approach to seeking anti-doping information and advice
- Athlete support personnel's level of confidence to advise athletes on anti-doping related matters and in reporting doping in sport
- Athlete support personnel's experience of interacting with UKAD
- Athlete support personnel's view on the most useful ways to target their education.
The outcome of the project will provide guidance to UKAD on the creation of tailored education programmes which meet the needs of the groups of athlete support personnel involved in the project.
Development project to survey attitudes towards doping to embed into an anti-doping education platform
The project aims to:
Design a valid and reliable survey to embed into our e-learning system - the Clean Sport Hub. The survey will facilitate effective monitoring and evaluation of education sessions according to WADAs International Standard for Education.
The project includes:
- A review of the literature to devise an evidence-based initial version of the survey utilising validated psychometric survey scales to assess the factors of interest
- An examination of the validity of this survey with data collected from athletes over two separate collection periods.
The objective of this project is to facilitate effective longitudinal monitoring and evaluation of the clean sport education programmes delivered by UKAD.