What's New in
Gambling Research
March 2021 | Issue 7
What’s New in Gambling Research profiles recently released research about gambling-related harm and problem gambling conducted in the UK and internationally. This issue includes information about Greo’s new Safer Gambling Evaluation Evidence Hub, an Open Access dataset, and upcoming events. 

Greo supports the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms in Great Britain by applying our expertise in knowledge translation and exchange to the Research to Inform Action enabler. What’s New in Gambling Research is one way to stay current on the latest in research related to the National Strategy. 

To learn more about Greo's programme of activity to accelerate progress on the National Strategy, including dissemination of research, applying research to policy, and international collaboration, see our 2020 Impact Report and visit our website

If you have information to share with the UK gambling research community, forward it to Greo for inclusion in an upcoming issue. We are also collecting feedback about this issue of What's New in Gambling Research through a short survey!
Academic Articles

Below is a selection of recent publications in gambling research. Link to two-page Research Snapshot summaries and, when available, open access articles. 
This mapping review published in The Lancet Public Health identified previous reviews of programmes that aimed to prevent and reduce gambling harm. The researchers collected input from a UK-based advisory group of people with lived experience of gambling harm, and sought feedback from representatives from UK clinical practices, charities, and universities.  
Specialised Resources

Specialised resources are some of the most current sources of information on gambling issues. They include research reports, policy reviews, government reports, and discussion papers.
The Safer Gambling Movement describes Addiction Recovery Agency (Ara) and Beacon Counseling Trust’s leadership in developing a suite of innovative programmes to build momentum for a national public health approach to gambling harms in Great Britain. The theory of change chart and accompanying narrative, produced by Greo as the project’s evaluation partner, reflect the inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes necessary to achieve these goals. 
Open Access Datasets

The Taking Part survey is conducted annually in England to gather information about culture, leisure and sport. It includes questions about participation in specific forms of gambling such as sports betting and lotteries, as well as questions related to subjective health, wellbeing, and loneliness. There is also wide range of socio-demographic information. For Year 15 of the survey (2019-2020), N = 7,502 adults aged 16 years and older took part. The nationally representative survey is conducted by Ipsos MORI and NatCen Social Research on behalf of The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and three of its partner organisations: Arts Council England, Historic England, and Sport England. 

You must apply and receive approval from the UK Data Service to access the data. Access is free of charge. A Special Licence Access version with additional geographic variables is available to UK residents only. Information about gambling participation was also gathered in Years 1 (2005-2006) and 2 (2007-2008) of the Taking Part continuous survey. 
The dataset and full documentation are available from the UK Data Service
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. (2021). Taking Part: the National Survey of Culture, Leisure and Sport, 2019-2020; Adult and Child Data. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8745, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8745-1 
Evaluation Capacity Building Programming: Safer Gambling Evaluation Evidence Hub  

One of the ways Greo supports the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms in Great Britain is by working with stakeholders of the Strategy to strengthen evaluation of safer gambling initiatives. 

Greo's evaluation team has developed a suite of evaluation tools and resources that are available on a Safer Gambling Evaluation Evidence Hub. This collection has been developed to demonstrate how evaluation can accelerate safer gambling efforts, to showcase the best evaluation tools and resources, and to share examples of completed evaluations of safer gambling initiatives.

Greo will continue to develop this evaluation resource collection to best support safer gambling stakeholder evaluation needs. Please share this resource with anyone you feel would benefit or may be interested in evaluation. 
Call for evidence: Gambling Act Review

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is still accepting submissions for the Gambling Act Review call for evidence into the Gambling Act 2005. The call for evidence will look at online restrictions, marketing, and the powers of the Gambling Commission as part of a major and wide-ranging review of gambling laws. The deadline to provide evidence is March 31, 2021. 
Evidence Centre

Subscribe to the Greo Evidence Centre’s monthly content alert to be notified of the latest gambling research resources. You will receive a list of links to all research summaries, reports, and datasets added to our digital repository, or choose topics of most interest.

Since Greo began supporting the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms in July 2019, 460 Research Snapshots and 169 specialised resources relevant to the Strategy have been published in the GREO Evidence Centre.
Research Snapshots


Specialised Resources
Upcoming Events

AGRI Conference: Gambling in Canada – Current research and future directions

The 20th Alberta Gambling Research Institute (AGRI) conference this year focuses on Canadian gambling. It will feature the results of a three-year study of gambling in Canada, the AGRI National Project, as well as profile the major gambling-related research and policy initiatives that are occurring across the country.

The virtual event will take place April 27th to 29th, 2021. Registration is free (limited to 300).
Other Conferences

US-based (Virtual)
July 14-15 and July 21-22, 2021

Oslo, Norway
September 7-10, 2021

Sydney, Australia
December 1-3, 2021
Note regarding COVID-19: The COVID-19 pandemic has now been shown to have a significant impact on how, why, and when people gamble. Greo is committed to curating and sharing the best available evidence to inform meaningful and responsive policy and practice across the gambling landscape. See Greo’s Resources for Safer Gambling during COVID-19 for emerging research and evidence related to online gambling behaviour and treatment, and more.

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