Reports & Studies

The Iowa Problem Gambling Services (IPGS) funds research activities to assist in evaluating current programming, as well as identify state trends to assist in meeting the needs of Iowans impacted by problem gambling. 

Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors

Since 2011 the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has funded Surveys of Public Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Gambling conducted by the Center for Social and Behavioral Research (CSBR) at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). The primary purpose of these surveys is to collect data from adult Iowans who are 18 and older to assess:

  • Prevalence of problem gambling;
  • Attitudes toward gambling and publicly-funded gambling treatment services; and
  • Types and frequency of gambling activities.

Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2011 Survey of Adult Iowans PDF

Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2013 Survey of Adult Iowans PDF

Executive Summary PDF

Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors Among Iowa College Students (2013) PDF

Executive Summary PDF

Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2015 Survey of Adult Iowans

Gambling Attitudes and Behaviors: A 2018 Survey of Adult Iowans 


Iowa Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System


Iowa Gambling Treatment Outcomes (IGTO) Reports

The purpose of the Iowa Gambling Treatment Outcomes Monitoring System is to assess the extent to which problem gambling treatment services provided via the Office of Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention are associated with positive outcomes for patients who received problem gambling treatment from the IDPH funded problem gambling treatment programs.

IGTO 2004-2013 Reports

IGTO: 2015 Report PDF

IGTO: 2018 Reports 

IGTO: 2020 Report PDF

IGTO: 2021 Report PDF


Iowa Youth Survey Problem Gambling Questions

IYS 2012: Problem Gambling Questions Report PDF

IYS 2014: Problem Gambling Questions Report PDF

IYS 2016: Problem Gambling Questions Report PDF

Factors Associated with Youth Substance Use, Suicide, and Gambling: Findings from the Iowa Youth Survey, 2016 and 2018 PDF

Iowa Problem Gambling Services Annual Report


Other Iowa Problem Gambling Services Reports

Developing Problem Gambling Distance Treatment Services in Iowa PDF

Gambling and Problem Gambling in Iowa, Volberg, 1995 PDF

Healthy Iowans 2010, Chapter 20 Substance Abuse and Problem Gambling (Mid-Course Revision) PDF

Increasing Gambling Treatment Enrollment in Iowa PDF

Internet Poker: A Public Health Perspective PDF

Iowa Department of Public Health Gambling Treatment Services: Four Years of Evidence PDF

Iowa Gambling Treatment Program Evaluation Services Project: Follow-up Study Final Report PDF


Other Problem Gambling Related Reports


Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Studies 

Iowa Young Adults Survey (2019) PDF

Reinvesting In Iowa (Charitable Giving, Iowa Gaming Association) 

Socioeconomic Impact of Gambling on Iowans (2014) PDF

Survey of Problem Gambling Services in the United States (APGSA/NCPG) (2016) PDF