What's New in
Gambling Research
November 2020 | Issue 5
What’s New in Gambling Research profiles recently released research about gambling-related harm and problem gambling conducted in the UK and internationally, and links to other relevant resources and 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 and Evaluation enablers.

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 2019-2020 Impact Report and visit our website.
Academic Articles

Follow the links to access full, recently published articles or read GREO's two-page Research Snapshot summaries, which are approved by each article's primary author.
Problem gambling commonly co-occurs with mental health issues, but clinician training about the relationship or how to screen for problem gambling is limited. This study provides insight into varying levels of training and screening among mental health clinicians, and the benefits of such training for those who had received it.
Specialised Resources

See new resources that researchers and policy makers in Great Britain can use to inform projects. 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.
Drawing upon data collected during June and July 2020, this report shares some of the most recent findings related to the impact of COVID-19 on gambling in Australia. The findings suggest some worrisome trends, particularly among young men (aged 18–34 years).
Open Access Datasets

GREO houses two high-profile, prospective cohort studies in the GREO Dataverse. Both datasets are free to access for researchers following the submission of a Request to Access Restricted Data form.

The Quinte Longitudinal Study (QLS) (Ontario, Canada) was launched in 2006 and collected data across five time points. The initial sample of 4,123 adults included 1,216 high-risk individuals, with an exceptional retention rate of 93.9%. The dataset has a comprehensive range of information on demographics, gambling behaviour, physical and mental health, substance abuse, stressors, personal values, personality, social functioning, and intelligence.

Another longitudinal cohort study, the Leisure, Lifestyle, and Lifecycle Project (LLLP) (Alberta, Canada) was conducted during the same time period as the QLS with an initial cohort of 1,808. Included in the sample were 524 high-risk adults and 313 adolescents, with an overall retention rate of 76.1%. The many similarities between the QLS and LLLP allow findings to be tested in both datasets. Although somewhat dated, these high-quality studies still retain relevance in relation to transitions into and out of gambling risk levels, health associations, and a multitude of other factors.
Evaluation Capacity Needs Assessment

GREO's evaluation team is in the process of conducting a needs assessment to better understand the resources and supports National Strategy stakeholders require to evaluate their safer gambling initiatives. This needs assessment will inform the development of a knowledge exchange platform which will feature educational tools and initiatives to support stakeholders in conducting meaningful and robust evaluations
Stakeholder Evaluation Needs Assessment Survey 

You can help inform the development of future evaluation resources by completing the Stakeholder Evaluation Needs Assessment survey by Tuesday, December 1st. It should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and your feedback will be completely anonymous.
Request for Completed Evaluations

To help us identify what’s working well and where further capacity building could take place, we are asking partners to consider sharing evaluations of their safer gambling initiatives with us that have been completed within the last five years. The analysis of common themes and analysis in evaluation will be reported on at an aggregate, anonymous level. Please submit your copies of completed evaluations (and optional consent for us to share on the future evaluation knowledge exchange platform, if applicable) by Tuesday, December 1st.
Questions or comments? Contact GREO's evaluation specialist, Jess Voll
New Partnership: ARA Gambling Services and Beacon Counselling Trust

GREO is pleased to announce its new partnership with ARA Gambling Services, Beacon Counselling Trust, and PG Solutions to evaluate two safer gambling pilot programs: a train-the-trainer model accredited by the Royal Society of Public Health, and an education and awareness campaign designed for Players by Players. For more information on these pilot programs, contact Graham England or Neil Platt.

GREO’s funding for these projects is derived from regulatory settlements in lieu of financial penalties from operators in Great Britain. The Gambling Commission reviews and approves proposals for destinations of regulatory settlements. The monies represent a restricted payment to GREO to accelerate progress towards delivery of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms.
Gambling Harms Academic Forum

The Gambling Harm Academics Forum met on October 22, 2020 to confirm the group’s Terms of Reference, which states that the purpose of the group is to “provide a coordinated body to assert the importance of rigorous, independent research to prevent, reduce, and address gambling harms in Great Britain.” Next steps include preparing a response to the Gambling Act Review and establishing processes for communication, transparency, and logistical support for the group. If you have any questions about the Forum, contact GREO CEO Trudy Smit Quosai.
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.
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