In its fortnightly E-bulletin released earlier this week, the Gambling Commission called for licensees to sign up to its User research programme for the purpose of participating in upcoming regulatory returns user research sessions.
As we previously discussed, the Gambling Commission has recently signalled its intention to “sharpen” the dataset currently received from licensees in regulatory returns, increase the frequency of the reporting requirements and aligning licensees’ reporting dates (see its Making better use of operator data blog), which are proposals we very much welcome. The Gambling Commission also indicated that there would be a consultation on the frequency of regulatory returns in November.
User research programme
The user research programme, which is an initiative we welcome, has been introduced to help the Gambling Commission “test new services, websites and features with people who use them” and sessions can take place face-to-face, over the phone or remotely.
Getting involved may include:
- responding to questionnaires: 5-10 minutes;
- telephone or video call session: 60 minutes;
- face-to-face session: 60 minutes; or
- workshop: half a day.
You can register as a participant of the Gambling Commission’s user research programme here.
Registration takes approximately two minutes, whereby you will be required to provide your full name and answer general questions pertaining to your involvement in the gambling industry and use of the Gambling Commission’s services. This information will be used to select suitable participants for the regulatory returns sessions, as well as other research sessions.
Regulatory returns user research sessions
The regulatory returns user research sessions will, as the Gambling Commission states, help it “improve the data, while reducing the burden for operators”. The Gambling Commission has asked that a diverse range of licensees from all sectors sign up to the programme, as it will be hosting a series of workshops on the topic with the aim of producing “a more focused dataset”.
The Gambling Commission has not given further details about the regulatory returns user research sessions, nor an indication of when these sessions will be held. We expect that these sessions will take place very soon to inform the Gambling Commission’s consultation on regulatory returns, which we expect in November 2023.
As we discussed previously, in looking to update the regulatory returns system, the Gambling Commission has the opportunity to refocus its dataset and provide clarity and further guidance on the system. Doing so will ensure the evidence it collects from licensees is accurate and therefore useful. It is equally important to ensure the system is fit for purpose and there is consistency in the responses provided.
We encourage licensees and other relevant industry stakeholders to sign up and participate in the regulatory returns user research sessions, and to provide feedback to the Gambling Commission.
Please get in contact with us if you have any questions about the regulatory returns process.