GambleAware understands the need to generate widespread trust and credibility in the charity's independence and integrity, particularly in view of the investment of both fundraising and commissioning functions in a single, industry-funded body. This is especially so in relation to the commissioning of research.
All research activity is wholly the responsibility of its Research & Evaluation Committee. This arrangement ensures that those trustees who may have a direct interest in any research outcomes are entirely excluded from directing or otherwise influencing any research activity that GambleAware undertakes to commission. The terms of reference for the Research & Evaluation Committee can be found here. Meeting minutes can be found here.
The Research & Evaluation Committee consists of:
There are additional observers at the Research & Evaluation Committee meetings representing ABSG, the Gambling Commission and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
GambleAware will establish and grow a directory of experts to be used across the business. A flexible approach to tailor the use of experts to the needs of specific programmes and draw on a wide range of expertise will be used. The relevant experts will be identified, with a specific scope of work and lifespan, as required by a programme. Longer standing ‘panels’ may also be established for longer term programmes of work and experts can be invited to report to and attend committee meetings, as necessary.
All research outputs will be published by GambleAware following a rigorous and entirely independent peer-review process undertaken by a panel of independent experts.