Gambling harm research and evaluation

Research and evaluation can provide critical evidence to support gambling harm prevention, reduction, and the journey from harm to wellbeing. 

Section 317 (2) of the Gambling Act 2003 states that an integrated problem gambling strategy must include ‘independent scientific research associated with gambling, including (for example) longitudinal research on the social and economic impacts of gambling, particularly the impacts on different cultural groups, and evaluation’.

The gambling harm research programme consists of a suite of research projects the Ministry commissions from external research providers. It supports the goals of the Strategy by address gaps in the existing evidence base, provide needed knowledge, evidence, and insight, and support services, policy, strategy, and anyone who wishes to use them for better wellbeing.

Information on the Ministry’s gambling harm related data, research, evaluation, and other relevant information can be found below.

Gambling harm

Gambling harm is a significant social, economic, and health issue that is felt across a spectrum from low to severe. There are several ways to measure gambling harm.

Gambling harm >


Research builds a body of evidence on gambling, its impact on people and the community, and ways of preventing and minimising gambling harm.

Research >


Evaluation helps us understand if a gambling harm prevention and minimisation investment has been implemented and is delivering outcomes as intended.

Evaluation >

Literature scan

Monthly scan of gambling harm research.

Literature scan >

Current research projects

Current research projects commissioned by the Ministry.

Current research projects >


Reports from research commissioned by the Ministry.

Publications >

Gambling statistics

New Zealand sources of information on incidence and prevalence of gambling harm, drivers of gambling behaviour and service use.

Gambling statistics >

Accessing micro level data

Policies and processes for accessing gambling survey data and other Ministry health data.

Accessing micro level data >

Contact us

Email your comments or suggestions to [email protected]

Related websites

Below is a list of websites containing gambling harm related research. Readers are advised to check the information independently for its relevance and accuracy.

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