Welcome to Focal Research

Focal Research Consultants Limited located in Halifax, Nova Scotia is a full service independent research firm providing social and marketing services and support to public and private sector clients, as well as other research companies since 1990. Focal Research is a “Gold-Seal” Corporate Member with the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association of Canada (MRIA) able to provide full or partial research support for your most simple to your most complex projects.

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Recent News

09/07/2016 - 12:00 WrB London RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING INNOVATION CONFERENCE Sept 8th 2016

Dr. Tony Schellinck has been invited and will be attending the WrB London Responsible Gaming and Innovation Conference being held Sept 8th in London UK.  http://www.theiaga.org/wrb-responsible-gaming

09/07/2016 - 11:47 11th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues - Sept 13th - 16th 2016

Dr. Tony Schellinck  will attend the 11th European Conference on Gambling Studies and Policy Issues in Lisbon September 13th - 16th 2016.  Dr Schellinck will be moderating a Symposium on Identifying Risk due to Gambling Using Machine and Table data: What works? http://www.easg.org/website/conference.cfm?id=73&intern=1&cid=25

04/27/2016 - 14:32 Youth Conference - Spotlight Festival in Anaheim CA, June 13-15 2016

Dr. Tony Schellinck presented and conducted workshops with youth at the Spotlight Festival in Anaheim CA, June 13-15 2016.

Youth from across California who have created, worked on, directed, acted in, produced, and supported projects for the Betting on Our Future (BOOF) campaign gather together every summer for the Spotlight Festival in Southern California. 

04/27/2016 - 14:24 The 16th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking - June 6th - 10th 2016

Dr. Tony Schellinck and Tracy Schrans attended the 16th International Conference on Gambling & Risk Taking.  They will present at the following sessions:

04/27/2016 - 11:29 New White Paper Released

Focal has released a white paper for its recent collaborative research conducted in the UK with support and co-funding from the UK Casino Forum (NCF) and Canadian Government.

Download the White Paper here: Using Player Loyalty Data to Detect Risk for Problem Gambling: Developing and Testing Risk Identification Models for Use in the UK Casino Market

Recent Publications

White Papers

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications/Articles

Schellinck, T., Schrans, T., Bleimel, M., & Schellinck, H. M. (May 2015) Construct Development for the FocaL Adult Gambling Screen for Electronic Gambling Machine Players (FLAGS-EGM): A Measurement Instrument for Risk due to Gambling Harm and Problem Gambling Associated with Electronic Gambling Machines, Journal of Gambling Issues, 30, 140-173 (link)
Schellinck, T., Schrans, T., Bleimel, M., & Schellinck, H. M (May 2015) Instrument Development for the FocaL Adult Gambling Screen (FLAGS-EGM): A Measurement of Risk and Problem Gambling Associated with Electronic Gambling Machines., Journal of Gambling Issues, 30, 174-200 (link)

Peer Reviewed Reports

Government Reports