What's New in
Gambling Research
September 2020 | Issue 4
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. Our What’s New in Gambling Research newsletter 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.

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 newly released Impact Report (more below) and visit our website. Since GREO began supporting the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms in July 2019, 279 Research Snapshots and 101 specialised resources relevant to the strategy have been published in the GREO Evidence Centre.

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.
Note regarding COVID-19: Although social distancing measures are beginning to relax in some jurisdictions, the COVID-19 pandemic could 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, evidence related to online gambling behaviour and treatment, and our latest blog post, COVID-19, evidence-based decision making, and rapid change.
Highlights from Academic Articles and Specialised Resources
Describing gambling marketing during sports broadcasts in the United Kingdom (Research Snapshot)
Testing the usability of an app to help reduce gambling cravings and problem gambling (Research Snapshot)
A safer bet? Online gambling and mental health (report from Money and Mental Health Policy Institute)

Open Access Dataset

The Health Survey for England (HSE) monitors population health and has been administered annually since 1991. It is a nationally representative survey carried out by the Joint Health Surveys Unit of the National Centre for Social Research and the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. The HSE first included a gambling module in 2012, which was repeated in 2016 and again in 2018. The module is completed by young adult and adult participants age 16 years and older (N = 8,178). Questions are asked about gambling participation, behaviours, and difficulties related to gambling. The survey includes both core and optional modules with variables related to health status and concerns, and a range of socio-demographic questions. The HSE allows researchers to explore gambling participation and prevalence in relation to physical and mental health status (including specific health conditions), employment, quality of life, and populations at-risk of gambling problems. 

The dataset and full documentation are available from the UK Data Service.

National Centre for Social Research (NatCen), University College London, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. (2020). Health survey for England, 2018. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8649, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8649-1.
GREO reports on first year impact accelerating the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

The newly published report Accelerating Progress on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms highlights the infrastructures, initiatives, and related impacts of GREO’s first year working with Strategy stakeholders, including the Gambling Commission, to make better and faster progress to reduce gambling harms.

GREO’s year one efforts focused on the Research to Inform Action enabler of the National Strategy, to widen the research base and improve links between research and policy. Together with our partners and key stakeholders, GREO delivered foundational work that established essential components for evidence-informed action.

Evaluation capacity in support of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

Ensuring that organisations have the capacity and resources to conduct credible and meaningful evaluation is crucial for advancing safer gambling initiatives in Great Britain. In support of the National Strategy, GREO has initiated a multi-year evidence-informed strategy to support evaluation capacity within organisations and across the industry.

As part of this project, GREO is developing a website with tools and resources to help stakeholders conduct evaluations of their safer gambling initiatives. It will also emphasise transparency by encouraging users to share evaluation findings. Updates on how this programme will help to build evaluation capacity will be highlighted here in the coming months.
Support for Evidence-informed Decision Making

Do you need quick access to research evidence to inform your course of action? GREO's Evidence Exchange program responds to questions from a variety of safer gambling stakeholders and organizations with evidence summaries. These relevant and credible ‘Evidence Exchange’ briefs can inform policy and practice, with the goal of reducing of harm from gambling.

Connect with one of GREO’s knowledge brokers by emailing our team. They will work with you to create a meaningful research question that reflects your information needs and the scope of existing research.

Gambling Harms Academics Forum

A group of UK-based academic scientists interested in prevention and treatment of gambling harms continues to meet to have a voice in issues related to structures and funding for research. Discussions have resulted in an open letter from UK-based academic scientists to the Secretaries of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and for Health and Social Care regarding the need for independent funding. Next steps include consideration of the imminent review of the Gambling Act. For information on this group contact info@greo.ca.

Secondary Analysis Awards

Earlier this year, GREO put out a call for applications for secondary analyses of high-quality datasets with the potential to advance understanding of gambling and health issues in Great Britain. Two grants have been awarded:

Investigating the association between physical and mental health conditions and gambling in England and Scotland – Dr. Heather Wardle and Dr. Isabel Taylor

Examining lottery play and risk among young people in Great Britain – Dr. Sasha Stark and Dr. Heather Wardle

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.
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops


Webinar series – Various dates in 2020

November 5-6, 2020

Within the UK

June 21-23, 2021 - Nottingham, UK

Outside the UK

September 7-10, 2021 - Oslo, Norway

December 1-3, 2021 - Sydney, Australia

POSTPONED until 2021 - Melbourne, Australia

CANCELLED until 2022 - Auckland, NZ
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