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Discovery 2014 Gets Top Marks from Participants

May 16, 2014

Newscan (Vol. 16, Issue 18)

We could not be more pleased with the feedback we’ve gotten about this year’s Discovery conference. Nearly three-quarters of people responding to our survey rated the overall conference as excellent, and another 25% rated it as good. In almost every category, over 90% of respondents chose good or excellent, including session format, participation opportunities and the relevance of topics. “The topics selected were great,” said a respondent, “but what made it even more relevant was the opportunity to hear different perspectives built into each session.”

Especially encouraging for speakers and conference organizers is that every respondent told us that Discovery 2014 increased their understanding of the topics covered at least a little, with 77% saying their understanding increased quite a bit or a great deal.

Here are some of the other favourite features people identified in their comments:

  • “Excellent, thoughtful, informed, and professional presenters, speakers, and guests”
  • “Imaginative formats that went beyond the usual talking heads and panel ‘discussions’”
  • “The controversial nature of the various topics”
  • “The ability to move around from conversation to conversation”

Some of the topics that people identified for next year include an examination of awareness programs, a look at treatment from a cross-cultural perspective, and the challenges and benefits of analyzing Big Data.

“Building a refreshed Discovery was an exciting challenge for us,” says Jon Kelly, CEO of the Responsible Gambling Council. “We knew that planning could only get us so far—the speakers and other participants are what made the conference work. We learned a lot from this experience, and look forward to incorporating people’s feedback into plans for next year’s.”

Keep the Discovery Going

Responsible Gambling Council staff are gathering key learnings from this year’s Discovery into a follow-up report. Look for your copy online in the next few weeks.

We have also posted some of the slide presentations provided by speakers for your use. 

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