Current research and evaluation projects

The Gambling Act (2003) requires ‘independent scientific research and evaluation’. Objective 11 of the Ministry’s Integrated Strategy sets outs its direction for implementing the requirement. The current research and evaluation services under contract are listed below.

The Ministry’s priorities for research and evaluation services are indicated in its Integrated Strategy. The services are intended to inform policy and service development by government agencies, and appropriate activities in the sector.

Each year, using the All of Government procurement process, the Ministry commissions a range of gambling harm minimisation research and evaluation services. The services currently under contract to the Ministry at May 2018, are outlined in the table below.

  Project title and description Provider Type of procurement Start End
Active research and evaluation projects under contract at May 2018

Understanding New Zealand inequality and in-equity in gambling harm experience: a synthesis review of the literature

This is a review of NZ published academic and NZ grey literature on inequity and inequality in gambling harm in the NZ population.  The model for the service is the preparation of a "synthesis product" modelled by Superu, which is a review and summary for general public readers of the research evidence on a particular topic. HPA-HLS survey data will help inform the analysis.

Health Promotion Agency (HPA) CSO Jan 2018 July 2018

Development and Trial of a Clinical Smartphone-based Problem Gambling App (SPGeTTI)

This is for the development and trial of a smart mobile phone app for the clinical treatment of problem gamblers.

Auckland Uniservices RFP Feb 2016 Dec 2018

Effectiveness of Face to Face Problem Gambling Interventions Clinical Trial

This multi-year project is for a single blind pragmatic randomised clinical trial of two interventions with and without the addition of text-messages, and with a three and 12 month assessment. A prospective follow-up assessment will be conducted at 24 months. The trial interventions are: 1. Face to face cognitive behavioural therapy with flexible cognitive restructuring and graded imaginal and live cue exposure. 2. Face to face motivational interviewing plus a cognitive behavioural self-instructional workbook.

Auckland University of Technology RFP March 2015 June 2020

Hawkes Bay Multi venue Exclusion Process Trial and Evaluation

This is for a process and impact evaluation of a multi-venue exclusion process for Māori and Pacifika gamblers and their whānau / aiga in the Hawkes Bay.

Malatest RFP Sept 2017 Sept 2018

Sorted Whānau Financial Capability Trial and Evaluation

This project extends the original Sorted Whānau – Building Financial Capability pilot to include a larger group of providers and their clients, and undertake a process and impact evaluation of the intervention.

Malatest RFP Sept 2017 Dec 2018

Re-contact participants in the National Gambling Longitudinal Study to maintain the integrity of the study contact data set for a possible 2019 survey phase

This service is for the re-contact of National Gambling Study (NGS) participants twice in 2018, The service will attempt to re-contact all of the participants throughout the NGS waves who agreed to future contact for the NGS. This equates to about 4,700 people with whom contact will be attempted twice. Participants will be sent information about the results of the study to date, and confirmation of their further participation will be invited, and contact details updated.  The service will inform decisions about the future direction of the NGS.

Auckland University of Technology RFP Nov 2017 Dec 2018

A mixed methods analysis of gambling harm for women in New Zealand

The service is for the delivery of research by the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) Gambling and Addictions Research Centre (GARC), using mixed methods, to explore the context, experiences and factors influencing gambling harm for women in New Zealand, and to identify opportunities for harm reduction. The service replaces a planned pilot trial and evaluation of a multi-venue exclusion process in Auckland.

Auckland University of Technology RFP June 2018 August 2019

Evaluation of PCOMS, in partnership with the Problem Gambling Foundation

This services is for a process and early effectiveness evaluation of the Partners for Change Outcomes Management System (PCOMS) in partnership with the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF).

Auckland University of Technology RFP Nov 2017 May 2019

National Gambling Study In-depth Qualitative Study 2017/18

The service is for an in-depth qualitative study with 50 participants in the National Gambling Study, and focuses upon obtaining insights about risk and resilience factor related to risky gambling behaviour.

Auckland University of Technology RFP Nov 2017 March 2019

Pacific Islands Families Study (PIF): Youth Gambling Behaviours and Associated Risk Factors in 2017

This service adds a substantial gambling component to the 2017 Pacific Islands Family (PIF) data collection year for youth, and for the conduct of detailed statistical analyses on their risk and resilience factors. The PIF is a prospective cohort analysis. 

The gambling-related aspects of the PIF study (question and analysis design, statistical analysis and reporting) will be conducted by the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre in conjunction with the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Auckland University of Technology. The PIF team in the Centre for Pacific Health and Development Research will conduct and manage the PIF study as a whole, including re-interviewing youth for data collection.

Auckland University of Technology RFP Nov 2017 Feb 2019

Meta-analysis 2012–2016 HLS Gambling Module Survey Results

This service involves the merging, harmonising and statistical analysis of three waves of HLS data (2012, 2014, 2016) to generate estimates (weighed proportion) of the population prevalence of gambling related harm (low risk, moderate risk and problem gambling – as determined by PGSI score). The merged dataset will enable the production of more precise estimates than any of the individual HLS waves alone.

Health Promotion Agency (HPA) RFP Dec 2017 July 2018
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