How we set our research agenda
We work with our Responsible Gambling Fund (RGF) Trustees to develop a 3-year research agenda to establish research priorities as well as an annual Research Plan to guide our work.
That’s because research plays a key role in the work we do. We commission research projects so we can learn as much as possible about gambling, which will help us in:
- the development of evidence-based responsible gambling policy, initiatives and regulatory approaches
- innovations in prevention, harm minimisation, intervention and support
- education and awareness programs to assist the people of NSW make informed choices, build awareness of responsible gambling and gambling related harm, and de-stigmatise help-seeking behaviour
The latest agenda that is keeping us on track with objectives and activities is our Research Agenda 2018–2021.
Research Agenda 2018–2021 objectives
For 2018–2021 our priority research themes have been:
- long-term efficacy and effectiveness of treatments
- what works in prevention and harm minimisation
- emerging technologies and new trends
- attitudes and behaviours towards gambling in vulnerable or target groups
- gambling prevalence, and understanding and measuring harm
- support for policy development and regulatory effectiveness.
To support this work, we’ve also focused on:
- evaluation of current programs and services to determine effectiveness
- building capability and capacity for rigorous academic gambling research
- synthesising and publishing relevant national and international insights, research findings and information to build capacity and contribute to improving responsible gambling practices and services, and to influence policy
- developing research insights and findings to contribute to policy and regulatory considerations
- using big data, including the analysis of gambling, social and health data, at a regional and statewide level.
Our annual research plan
Each year we also develop a Research Plan to help determine and prioritise the commissioning, co-commissioning and funding of research projects that address our key research objectives.
We encourage a wide range of research activities, which include:
- academic and non-academic literature reviews
- data analysis
- pilots and trials to test feasibility and evaluations.