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Research and evaluation commissioning

In this section you can find out more about the Research and Evaluation function and its strategic approach to supporting the work to keep people safe from gambling harms.

Research and Evaluation

GambleAware’s research function is the means by which we develop knowledge that:

  • Builds the ‘what works for whom’ evidence for education and prevention approaches and tools, and for treatment service design and commissioning
  • Informs advocacy and influences policy-making at national and local level
  • Informs public awareness.

It also plays a role in supporting and mobilising other partners in the research eco-system to undertake research and to grow the research and evaluation capability in the gambling field.

Current Opportunities

Call for Applications

PhD Grant 

GambleAware invites grant applications from universities and other research institutions in Great Britain to fund three-year PhD studentships. 

The PhD grant awards will help universities to:

  • Develop capacity and expertise in an emerging new area of gambling and gambling harms research.
  • Contribute to understandings of harms associated with gambling within the academy, and society at large.
  • Contribute to building a knowledge base which, in the longer term, may influence policy, practice, and the provision of treatment and support services for preventing and reducing gambling harms across Great Britain.

Each institution may apply for a maximum of two PhD studentship grants to award on to PhD students. There are six grants available in 2021/2022; further grants will be available in 2022/23 and 2023/24.

Full details can be found here

Evaluation Criteria can be found here

Clarification Q&As can be found here

Call for Proposal

No current call for proposals

Evaluation 

GambleAware’s evaluation process is how we build the evidence for what really works to minimise gambling harm. Our methodology is based on industry best practice, governed by a standard protocol applied to everything we commission.

A new evaluation protocol was established in 2019, incorporating many elements of the approach which has been the basis of GambleAware’s evaluations since 2016. It allows us to:

  • Measure consequential change: evaluating the level and type of change that a project or service delivers, rather than just the numbers of people who have accessed it.
  • Inform service design: producing recommendations that can shape the design of future projects commissioned by GambleAware and contribute to evidence-based policy making.
  • Grow research and evaluation capability: sharing our findings and insights with the sector.

Evaluation Protocol

GambleAware's Evaluation Protocol can be accessed here.

The purpose of this protocol is to ensure we have a robust framework for evaluation which builds the evidence base to inform future projects and programmes.

Our intention is to produce high quality evaluations which are proportionate, undertaken at the most appropriate time and focussed on the needs of policy makers.

The research and evaluation function is how GambleAware develops knowledge that:

• Builds the evidence for education and prevention approaches and tools, and for treatment design and commissioning
• Informs advocacy and influences policy-making at national and local level
• Informs public awareness.

We have a key role to play in supporting and mobilising other partners (government, academics, other research funders) to undertake research and grow the research and evaluation capability in the gambling field

There is a one-page summary of the protocol here.