RAND Europe Research

Through objective analysis and research RAND Europe strives to provide effective solutions and informed choices to policy and decision-makers. Our international expertise complements the multidisciplinary nature of our research teams.

By establishing new angles of enquiry and, in some cases, new methodologies for research, RAND Europe brings fresh approaches and adds valuable contributions to traditional as well as new RAND research areas. Along with its work for Brussels-based organisations such as the European Commission, specific areas of policy research for RAND Europe include:

  • IMPACT Europe Explores 'What Works' in Tackling Violent Radicalisation

    IMPACT Europe aims to bring together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to explore how violent radicalisation can be countered and what works best. RAND Europe is a partner in this European Commission project.

  • Can Social Impact Bonds Breathe New Life into Public Services?

    RAND Europe is evaluating the world's first Social Impact Bond (SIB), an innovative payment-by-results mechanism allowing private investors to fund public services which, if effective, will provide a return on this investment. Implemented in a prison in Peterborough in 2011, the SIB aims to reduce reoffending by prisoners who have served short custodial sentences. Midterm findings indicate it has been successful in reducing reoffending by prisoners who have served short custodial sentences.

  • Identifying Health Risks Associated with Recreational Bathing Waters

    19 Aug 2014

    A rapid evidence assessment conducted by RAND Europe confirmed an association between the quality of recreational bathing waters and the risk of gastrointestinal illness, particularly in fresh water. There is not yet, however, enough solid evidence to determine whether or not a revision to the European Bathing Directive (2006/7/EC) is needed, so more research in this area is recommended.

  • Options for Organisational Forms of Hospital Delivery in the NHS

    05 Aug 2014

    Different forms of hospital cooperation, such as hospital groups, networks, or systems, may have different impacts on hospital performance, according to research performed by RAND Europe for IHC. While hospital consolidation may lead to quality improvements there are also some risks. It will be important to monitor the effects of NHS consolidation to ward against unintended consequences.

  • Exploring the Future of Driving in Developing Countries

    15 Jul 2014

    The level of automobility, or travel in personal vehicles, varies among countries. By determining the factors besides economic development that have affected automobility in developed countries, researchers can predict how automobility might evolve in developing countries.

  • Driving in the Future in Developing CountriesJuly 15, 2014

    Automobility — travel in personal vehicles — varies between countries. This brief summarizes a study of the factors besides economic development that affect automobility and how automobility might evolve in developing countries.

  • Future technology landscapes: Insights, analysis and implications for defenceDecember 5, 2013

    This study provides insights into future technology and innovation models relevant to defence, in the context of a growing volume of primarily civil technology that can both impact and be leveraged by defence and security capabilities.

  • Towards a dynamic and trustworthy Internet of ThingsOctober 29, 2013

    Brief summary of findings and recommendations for the European Commission, from a study of Europe's policy options for a dynamic and trustworthy development of the Internet of Things.