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Invitation to Tender: Evaluation of the Credit Card Ban for Gambling in Great Britain

The National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms is a multi-partner initiative, led by the Gambling Commission, to make faster progress on reducing gambling harms. As part of the Strategy, the Gambling Commission implemented a ban on the use of credit cards by gambling businesses in Great Britain, which came into effect on April 14, 2020. This ban covers all forms of land-based and online gambling, excluding non-remote lotteries. The decision to ban credit card use was informed by a public consultation that occurred between August and November 2019.

To prepare for a future evaluation, an independent evaluation consultant was hired to develop a theory of change for the credit card ban, informed by a rapid evidence review (investigating the effectiveness, unintended consequences, and considerations of implementing a restriction or complete ban) and engagement with key informants. The theory of change provides the theoretical basis for how and why the ban is anticipated to be effective, including explicitly stated expected short and longer-term outcomes.

GREO is now accepting applications for the evaluation of this credit card ban. 

The evaluation goals include formative and summative elements which are outlined in the application guidelines. The successful bidder will work in conjunction with a Steering Committee to refine the exact evaluation questions and plan.

Note: Successful applicants are also required to be available for up to 40 hours of consultation time to participate in a GREO-led case study of the evaluation during the length of the contract. 

Value and Duration

An award of up to £120,000 (updated) is available, proportionate to the scale of the project (not including VAT). Unless otherwise indicated, the project will start on May 30, 2021 and be completed by February 28, 2023. 


  • Applicants must be based in Great Britain and funding must flow to an eligible institution in Great Britain
  • Collaborations with international partners will be considered 
  • Applications from both public and private sectors are welcome
  • Wherever possible, applicants are encouraged to apply as interdisciplinary teams (e.g., community-academic partnerships or evaluation teams that demonstrate a range of expertise from related fields) with the aim to conduct a holistic evaluation


January 11, 2021 – Call opens

**EXTENDED** March 5, 2021 – Expression of interest and question submission deadline (Applicants must register an expression of interest for their proposals to be forwarded to the adjudication stage.)

April 15, 2021 – Application submission deadline (5:00 pm GMT)

April 16–30, 2021 – External review period

May 7, 2021 – Proposal decisions / evaluation review committee meeting and notice of results

May 30, 2021 – Project start date

Please review our downloadable application guidelines for more details. When submitting an application, you will also need to refer to our downloadable expense guidelines and budget and timeline template, as well as the risk register template. 

For additional resources that may inform your application, click here


Jess Voll 
Credentialed Evaluator