20.02.2024

by Mateusz Mazur

GSGB Development Receives High Praise from LSE Professor

The Gambling Survey for Great Britain (GSGB) has been lauded as exemplary by Professor Patrick Sturgis from the London School of Economics.

The independent review he conducted highlights the meticulous approach taken in developing the GSGB, aligning with best practices and industry standards. This endorsement is a testament to the rigorous efforts made to ensure the survey’s robustness and reliability.

Methodological Rigor

The review scrutinizes the GSGB’s methodology against the objectives set during the 2020-2021 consultation period. It aims to evaluate the survey’s design, its impact on gambling participation estimates, and the prevalence of gambling harms, offering recommendations for further enhancements.

Professor Sturgis’s endorsement emphasizes the Gambling Commission’s engagement with stakeholders and adherence to industry best practices in crafting a survey design capable of producing high-quality estimates. He also suggests areas for future focus to maintain and enhance the quality and credibility of the statistics derived from the GSGB.

Forward Momentum

Tim Miller, Executive Director of Research and Policy, expressed gratification at the positive conclusions drawn by the report. “We are delighted that Professor Sturgis’s report concludes that the Gambling Commission have followed best practice in developing the GSGB survey.

“We are clear that better evidence, driven by better data will lead to better regulation, which in turn will lead to better outcomes. We welcome the recommendations in the report to continue to understand the impact of the changes made to both the survey design and the methodology as we move forward with the launch. We recognise that all methodologies need to continue to evolve and improve over time and this independent report helps to highlight some initial areas of focus once our new approach has gone live.”

Our Comment on the Article

The GSGB’s development, marked by expert validation and constructive recommendations, sets a new benchmark for gambling prevalence studies. This progress reflects a broader shift towards data-driven insights in regulatory practices, ensuring informed decisions that benefit the wider community. The Gambling Commission’s openness to evolving methodologies exemplifies a proactive stance on enhancing gambling research, crucial for addressing the dynamic nature of gambling behaviors and associated harms.

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