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UK Gambling Commission Prioritizes Evaluation of Gambling Reforms

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The United Kindom Gambling Commission has emphasized its commitment to monitoring and evaluating any changes to UK gambling regulations.

According to David Taylor, Head of Evidence and Evaluation, the regulator's responsibilities would continue after implementing the gambling reforms. Rather, it would adopt a "proportionate" method to evaluate their success and ensure they yield the intended results.

Taylor also stated that the evaluation process is important to" identify any unintended consequences and capture learning to inform the implementation of future policy changes."

NatCen to Plan Evaluation Framework

The UKGC and the government's Department of Culture, Media, and Sport have enlisted the help of the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) in crafting a framework for conducting process and impact evaluations.

NatCen will also provide actionable recommendations regarding the data needed to monitor and assess the new gambling reforms.

Drawing on NatCen's evaluation expertise will be vital in identifying the most appropriate approach. It is possible that this could include identifying opportunities for conducting evaluation trials once final policy positions and implementation dates are decided upon following the consultation process.

David TaylorHead of Evidence and Evaluation

Taylor confirmed that the planning for the evaluation is underway and that the regulator will provide additional information on its evaluation approach through policy consultations, response documents, and other updates.

Commission Appoints 9 Members to Industry Forum

Earlier this month, the UK Gambling Commission announced the nine members of its new Industry Forum. Unveiled in September, the forum represents the regulator's fourth "special advisory," through which it will gather more insights and feedback from operators.

The forum follows the regulator's Lived Experience Panel, the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling, and the Digital Advisory Panel.

The nine new members of the panel include Tony Boulton, Kirsty Caldwell, Charles Cohen, Ashley Padgett, Mark Pearson, Nigel Roddis, Leo Walker, Helen Walton, and David Williams.

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