Research & Product Development in Halifax, NS
Focal Research Consultants LimitedFocal Research Consultants LimitedFocal Research Consultants Limited
(Monday - Friday)
focal@focalresearch.com
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3L 2C2

Working on gambling research, player protection, and safer gambling for over 30 years

Focal Research is a Canadian data analytics company that uses data science and information technology for social policy, corporate social responsibility, and consumer protection purposes.

For three decades, Focal has worked with stakeholders worldwide, setting responsible gambling standards for player protection with international recognition in developing algorithms to help operators identify and assist at-risk gamblers.

Vision

"Converting data into evidence-based action."

Mission

"Bettor Protection for Your Customers, Communities and Your Business."

Celebrating Over 30 Years of Research

Start

1988 - 1999

Monthly Gambling Tracking Study (Longitudinal)

1992

Machine Gambling Research (VLTs, EGM's, Pokies)

1999

First Gambling Behaviour Models

2000

Regular VLT Player Follow-Up Study (Longitudinal)

2001

Healthy Bottom Line launched in Europe

2004

Healthy Bottom Line launched in Canada

2005 - 2015

Outcome Monitoring System (OMS) for Addiction Services (Alcohol, Drugs, Nicotine, and Gambling) - Adults and Adolescents

2008

Self-Exclusion Program Evaluation

2010

Release of Focal ALeRT™ Gambling Screen (FLAGS)

2013

First Models for Remote Gambling (Sports Betting, Racing, and Online Casinos)

2015 - 2018

Development of the Focal ALeRT™ BETTOR Protection System

2018 - 2020

UK Trial of ALeRT™

2020

Adapting Gambling Risk Detection Models for COVID-19

2021

Development of Affordability Models

2022

Identifying The Invisible Problem Gambler

1988

Gambling Research (Industry, Gov't Health)

1990

Data Informatics Initiative, Dalhousie University (Financial, Insurance, and Retail Databases)

1998

Nova Scotia Regular VLT Study

1999

Identification of High-Risk Gambling Patterns on the Floor

2001

Healthy Bottom Line RG Player Program

2001 - 2009

Evaluation of Responsible Gaming Features and Automated Messaging

2005

First Commercial Casino Risk Models (Saskatchewan, Canada)

2007

First Private and Wide Area EGM Models

2009 - 2016

Alcohol Risk and Harm (National/International)

2011

Release of Focal Youth Gambling Risk Screen (FYGRS)

2014

International Collaborative Study to Develop Practical Risk Detection Tool Using Player Data (ALeRT™)

2017 - 2018

Launch of ALeRT™ BETTOR Customer Care Program

2020

Launch of ALeRT™ System (150+ sites)

2020

Interim Report Impact Evaluation of Staff Interactions for Player Outcomes

2021

Final Report for Impact Evaluation of Staff Interactions for Player Outcomes

2022

The International Collaborative Research to Identify In-Session Risk (During Play)
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Words from our clients

The team at Focal Research has been fortunate to work with thought leaders in player protection and sustainable gambling from around the world including industry, regulators, public health, and trade bodies.

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