GambleAware’s research function is the means by which we develop knowledge to:
- Build the ‘what works’ evidence for education & prevention approaches and tools, and for treatment design & commissioning
- Inform advocacy and influence policy making at national and local level
- Inform public awareness.
It has a key role to play in supporting and mobilising other partners in the research eco-system to undertake research, and to grow research and evaluation capability across the field.
Our research activity supports delivery of the Gambling Commission’s National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms (April 2019). In addition, we commission our own independent research through an Innovations Grant programme, and to support and inform our national commissioning of integrated prevention, education, treatment and support services.
Our focus is on:
- Research and evaluation that informs future commissioning activity utilising mixed methods, multi-work-stream research involving delivery partners from academia, private and not for profit sectors
- Active engagement and collaboration with multiple stakeholders including people with lived experience and affected others (families & communities)
- Pump-priming local and co-designed initiatives already in development; evaluating these for impact, cost-effectiveness and potential to scale-up.