The Director of Commissioning for the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) has shared details of British advances in treatment data collection during the International Gambling Institute’s 16th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking.
Jane Rigbye set out the British approach to data reporting in problem gambling treatment services in a speech to the University of Nevada, as part of International Gambling Institute’s triennial conference last week.
As a key part of gathering better evidence to demonstrate demand and evaluate treatments, she shared Britain’s experience of developing a common Data Reporting Framework (DRF).
Speaking to a conference of more than 600 expert attendees from 27 countries, the Responsible Gambling Trust spokeswoman advocated international collaboration to improve our collective understanding of what works when tackling gambling related harm.
Dr Jane Rigbye, Responsible Gambling Trust, said: “Prior to 2015 there was no standardised approach to screening, assessment and outcome measurement in British problem gambling treatment. Developing a common standard has helped ensure we have consistent, clear requirements, meaning that robust and validated data can be used to inform evidence-based commissioning for treatment services.
“The Responsible Gambling Trust exists to minimise gambling-related harm, through research, education and treatment services. Sharing our learnings about gathering good data and consulting on a shared vision is critical to this mission.
“Understanding how our treatment data compares with that held by other services and jurisdictions is a key part of that. I was delighted to speak at the International Gambling Institute’s 16th Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking and invite feedback from experts around the world about our approach.”
Three further research projects funded by RGT were also presented at the Conference. Dr Heather Wardle spoke on the topic of “Who Loses? Losing Money on Machines in Bookmakers: Evidence from Great Britain”.
Meanwhile, Professor Ian McHale shared the results of a recently published evaluation of “the Impact of the Uplift of Stakes and Prizes on Gaming Machines in UK Casinos”, and emerging results about player behaviour based on the same data set.