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RGSB publishes updated research programme

Posted on 16 May 2017

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board today publishes an updated version of the research programme designed to underpin the National Responsible Gambling Strategy.

The programme outlines priorities for research to be commissioned from April 2017 to March 2019. The Board is committed to openness and transparency about how topics for research are determined. A draft of the research programme was published in December 2016, with an open invitation for anyone to comment on its content and priorities.

The programme has now been updated to reflect the helpful comments received from a broad range of stakeholders. The Board is confident that by incorporating this feedback the programme more effectively identifies the areas of research needed to fill gaps in the evidence base supporting the Strategy. The Board hopes that publication of the programme and the detail it contains will encourage a wide range of academics, research agencies and others to help deliver the work. The programme will continue to be subject to change in the light of new learning or emerging issues. The Board is prepared to consider new research requirements at any point should the need arise.

Sir Christopher Kelly, RGSB Chairman, said “We are grateful for the comprehensive and thought-provoking comments received from stakeholders on this research programme. The Board looks forward to seeing the results of the research projects now to be commissioned, helping us to understand more about how best to design and deliver an effective National Responsible Gambling Strategy”

The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board will now create a research brief for each of the projects set out in the programme. The research briefs will set out in more detail the questions each project is designed to answer, its context and its relevance. The projects will then be commissioned by GambleAware, an independent charity, which is also responsible for ensuring the research is delivered to a high standard.

Marc Etches, GambleAware Chief Executive, said “We are committed to delivering the research programme published today by RGSB. We recognise the importance of commissioning transparently and ensuring that we deliver research that is of high quality, value for money and impactful. We are confident that this research programme will be influential in minimising gambling related harm, not least because it focuses beyond the individual to include gambling products and the environment in which gambling occurs, in line with a public health approach.”

Notes to editors

1. The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board was set up in late 2008 to advise the Gambling Commission and, in turn, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, on research, education and treatment programmes needed to support a National Responsible Gambling Strategy and associated funding requirements.

2. The arrangements for determining and commissioning research on responsible gambling were set out in the Research Commissioning and Governance Procedure published in May 2016.

3. GambleAware is a leading charity in Britain committed to minimising gambling-related harm. As an independent national charity funded by donations from the gambling industry, GambleAware funds education, prevention and treatment services and commissions research to broaden public understanding of gambling-related harm. The aim is to stop people getting into problems with their gambling, and ensure those that do develop problems receive fast and effective treatment and support.

4. GambleAware published its Commissioning Plan for 2017-19, consistently with this programme, on 10 May 2017.

5. The Gambling Commission regulates gambling in the public interest alongside licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain.

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