Responsible Gambling Council Newscan
Volume 14 | Issue 20
Program Evaluation Example

Prevention Programs:
What Is Success?

by Jamie Wiebe, Ph.D.

For over a decade, RGC has developed programs and social marketing campaigns that address problem gambling. Millions have seen these ads and when surveyed, the majority recognize and retain key messages. These surveys have also told us that large numbers of the audience would use the information if the need arose.

But, is recognition and retention enough? How do you know if you have truly prevented a gambling problem? Is that even the right question?


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Colgate-Palmolive Agrees to Change Ad

Last week's article about the Mennen Speed Stick commercial contained a broken link to the complete article. We apologize for the error, and invite you to check it out this week.


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May 16, 2012

Comings & Goings: Manager of Policy and Social Responsibility

Phil Mun, a senior researcher at RGC, has accepted a one-year position at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) as the manager of policy and social responsibility, beginning May 16, 2012. Phil, who has been with RGC for over eight years, will return to RGC at the completion of his term at OLG.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2012

Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre (OPGRC) Studentship Awards

Masters and Doctorate awards, as well as the Post-Doctorate fellowship, are available.

The purpose of the Studentship Program is to develop the capacity in Ontario to conduct problem gambling research. OPGRC provides financial support to students who undertake problem gambling research as part of their graduate studies program and show promise for a career in problem gambling research.

Please note that the application requirements and process have been revised since the last solicitation.

DEADLINE: June 22, 2012

Alberta Gambling Research Institute Research Grant Proposals

For the 2012-13 proposal cycle, the following stakeholder identified priorities will receive particular consideration:

  • Internet gambling
  • Indigenous/First Nations gambling
  • Longitudinal follow-up studies
  • Public policy
  • Provision and delivery of effective treatment programs

Proposals on these topics are encouraged but submissions are not restricted to only these topics. Interested applicants should submit the completed application to their respective Research Grants Office contact.


Request For Proposals: Manitoba Gambling Research Program

The Manitoba Gambling Research Program is now accepting proposals and grant applications from across Canada in 2 categories.  

  • Research Grants: Small Grants (up to $50,000). Deadline for submissions is July 16, 2012.
  • Conference Grants (up to $2,000) are accepted year-round.

DEADLINE: July 31, 2012

Call for Papers: 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies Conference

NAGS would like to welcome submissions for presentations at the 22nd Annual National Association for Gambling Studies (NAGS) Conference to be held November 21-23, 2012 in Tasmania.

The theme of this year’s conference relates to the challenges and opportunities associated with developments in technology and gambling. However, presenters are also invited to submit abstracts relating to a wider range of issues in gambling and gaming research.

DEADLINE: August 1, 2012

Call For Papers: First Asia Pacific Conference On Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research

The Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies (APAGS) would like to invite you to submit your papers/abstracts for the First Asia Pacific Conference on Gambling & Commercial Gaming Research (APCG2012), which will be held between 5-8 November 2012, in Macao, China.

Research on gambling and commercial gaming from perspectives in the following fields are welcome:

  • psychology
  • law and regulation
  • marketing and management
  • economics
  • public policy
  • medical science
  • ...and others


Call For Applications: MLSYA Data Access Program

As of April 1, 2012, the Manitoba Longitudinal Study of Young Adults (MLSYA) Data Access Program began accepting applications from Manitoba researchers who would like to use this unique dataset for their own research studies.

The MLSYA followed a longitudinal sample (n=679) of 18 to 20 year olds from across Manitoba over a five year period from 2007 to 2011. 

Call for submission

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Events, new research, job postings, calls for proposals (and more) are welcome.

Recent News

May 25, 2012

Standalone Casino Won't Cut It in Ottawa: Mayor Watson, OLG  - 580 CFRA

May 25, 2012

Atlantic Lottery to replace 5,900 old video lottery terminals  - Huffington Post Canada

May 24, 2012

MGM Resorts' Planned Social Gaming Website Offers New Growth  -

May 24, 2012

Toronto gambling: Ford allies put video bingo proposal on hold  - Toronto Star Online

May 24, 2012

No to casinos: Kitchener mayor  - Kitchener Record

May 24, 2012

Host mayors want casino to remain  - Recorder and Times

May 24, 2012

ALP considers freeing up online betting  - The Australian

May 23, 2012

The No. 1 state for lottery suckers  - MSN Money

May 23, 2012

Jackpots drive Lotto spending rise  - New Zealand Herald

May 22, 2012

Poll numbers don't bode well for Toronto casino: expert  - CBC

May 22, 2012

A shot at the slots: Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation hopes to expand bingo hall under gambling sector expansion  - Kenora Daily Miner

May 22, 2012

Wilkie to support Labor gambling laws  -

May 21, 2012

Spain in 'austerity tax grab' on online gaming companies  - Yahoo! UK and Ireland

May 21, 2012

MP John Darley to propose legislation that will prevent gambling purchases via credit card  - Adelaide Now

Upcoming Events

June 6-8, 2012

9th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling & Substance Abuse

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

June 15, 2012 (12:00-1:30 p.m. Central Time)

Youth Gambling: From Research to Practice (Webinar)


July 13-14, 2012

26th National Conference on Problem Gambling

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

September 18, 2012

European Association of Gambling Issues Pre-Conference Workshops

Loutraki, Greece

September 18-21, 2012

9th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues 

Loutraki, Greece

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