Summaries of Completed Research

  • Better Health Outcomes Are Related to Social Expenditure

    11 May 2016

    Research shows that, across OECD countries, higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health, and the association is particularly strong for public social spending. Additionally, the association between social spending and better health strengthens over time.

  • Evaluating the Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

    10 May 2016

    To inform the direction and strategy of Q, an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, RAND Europe evaluated the initiative and provided real-time feedback throughout its first year. The evaluation focused on identifying problems and practical solutions.

  • Exploring the Future of Genomic Medicine: Learning from Population-Scale Sequencing initiatives

    29 Apr 2016

    Population-scale genome-sequencing initiatives have evolved over the past two decades. RAND Europe examines progress made in terms of the initiatives' scientific, technological and biomedical contributions, and their influence on the institutions that govern science and innovation more widely.

  • Evaluating Social Innovation Pilot Projects

    22 Apr 2016

    A series of social innovation pilot projects across Europe aim to support the growth of European social finance markets and the development of capacities within social business and young entrepreneurship. RAND Europe and Ecorys evaluated the pilots and hosted a series of interactive workshops to encourage an exchange of experiences.

  • (How) Are Quality of Life Assessments Used During Cancer Treatment?

    18 Apr 2016

    Although quality of life considerations are important for all cancer treatment, they may be particularly important when survival prospects are limited. RAND Europe explored whether, when, how, and what quality of life assessment tools are used in the treatment and care of cancer patients.

  • Measuring Spillovers Between UK Public, Charity and Private Medical Research

    11 Apr 2016

    The King’s Policy Institute, the Office of Health Economics and RAND Europe developed a methodology to estimate how many pounds of pharmaceutical industry R&D is stimulated in the UK by public or charity spending on medical research.

  • Evaluating the Impact of the European Programme for Integration and Migration

    06 Apr 2016

    The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is a €3 million collaborative initiative of 12 major foundations to improve integration of and outcomes for migrants in Europe through advocacy, capacity-building and policy change. EPIM had RAND Europe evaluate the achievements and impacts of their work in 2012-2015, to ensure accountability and enable learning that can be acted on during the course of the programme.

  • Evaluation Offers Recommendations for UCLH-Macmillan Cancer Partnership

    04 Apr 2016

    Through CCHSR, RAND Europe helped to evaluate the University College London Hospitals partnership with Macmillan Cancer Centre, a programme offering patient and carer support, and provided recommendations for its continued improvement.

  • Mapping the Global Mental Health Research Funding System

    25 Mar 2016

    To support the coordination of mental health research, RAND Europe mapped the research funding ‘ecosystem’. Researchers explored who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support, and how their strategies relate to one another.

  • Galvanising the NHS to Adopt Innovation

    22 Mar 2016

    A series of interviews and workshops helped RAND Europe evaluate three measures proposed as part of the NHS Accelerated Access Review interim report to encourage the adoption of innovation. RAND assessed the feasibility of the measures and factors likely to facilitate or challenge their success.

  • Estimating the True Cost of Corruption in Europe

    22 Mar 2016

    Corruption—from paying bribes to exercising power, to giving privileged access to public services, goods or contracts—costs the EU up to €990bn annually in GDP, according to a study across all 28 EU member states.

  • Examining Perceptions of the Nature of Urban Street Gangs in EGYV Areas

    29 Feb 2016

    To improve understanding of how local experiences of street gangs may have changed recently, and to better understand the national gangs picture and the challenges and emerging threats facing local areas, the UK Home Office commissioned RAND Europe to deliver research in 33 local areas which are part of the Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme.

  • How Organisations Invest in Cybersecurity

    29 Feb 2016

    The digital dependence in developed countries has led to a situation where security vulnerabilities and security incidents potentially come accompanied by serious consequences. With this in mind, RAND Europe investigated why, where and how organisations in critical infrastructure sectors invest in cybersecurity.

  • Lessons from Three Retrosight Studies Suggest Taking a 'DECISIVE' Approach to Research Funding

    28 Jan 2016

    Having conducted three studies using the Retrosight approach, we identified eight lessons which form a ‘DECISIVE’ approach to biomedical and health research funding.

  • Innovation, Health and Wealth: A Formative and Summative Evaluation

    13 Jan 2016

    The Department of Health’s strategy for improving care and creating greater wealth through innovation, known as ‘Innovation, Health and Wealth’ (IHW), has the potential to systematically change the way the NHS operates. RAND Europe evaluated whether and how IHW actions have worked as planned and contributed to achieving the strategy's overarching aims.

  • Evaluating the World's First Social Impact Bond

    18 Dec 2015

    The UK Ministry of Justice commissioned a process evaluation of an innovative funding mechanism implemented at a prison in the east of England, whereby private investors covered the costs of delivering public services to offenders on release from prison. RAND Europe's findings provide evidence and key lessons on the operation of this funding model, informing their possible use in a range of policy areas, in the UK and internationally.

  • Tactical Approach to Counter Terrorists in Cities

    14 Dec 2015

    Addressing terrorist threats to urban spaces is a particularly challenging task in the current security climate. As one of the 11 research institutes participating in the project, RAND Europe contributed to building a decision making framework that (i) supports security forces in responding more effectively to prevent attacks or (ii) limits the consequences of those attacks, with a particular interest in urban environments.

  • Assessing Characteristics of High Performing Research Units in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

    17 Nov 2015

    Research for the Higher Education Funding Council of England shows that five key themes are associated with high performance in UK higher education institutions: people; culture, values and leadership; strategy and funding; collaboration and networks; and institutional and departmental practice.

  • Understanding the Factors Associated with Academic Achievement

    09 Nov 2015

    The Department for Education asked researchers to determine whether currently-available proxies for socioeconomic deprivation compare to the rich measures of socioeconomic circumstances in terms of their power to predict pupils’ underachievement.

  • Could the Strengthening of Health Systems in Africa Improve Industrial Development?

    22 Oct 2015

    The performance of health systems is a key determinant of the inclusiveness of economic growth. Exclusionary, poor quality health care worsens impoverishment, while inclusive health care redistributes the benefits of growth toward the poor and ill. With Kenya and Tanzania as case studies, RAND Europe is exploring the extent to which unexploited potential synergies between industrial development and health systems can strengthen and contribute to faster and more inclusive growth.

  • Exploring the Future of Driving in Developing Countries

    15 Oct 2015

    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 such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

  • Mapping the Diversity of Employment Interventions in South Asia

    14 Oct 2015

    The World Bank commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a stocktaking exercise to map the diversity of employment interventions in South Asia. In addition, RAND conducted a scoping review of international evidence on the impact of interventions.

  • Additive Manufacturing and Obsolescence Management for Defence

    12 Oct 2015

    To help defence policymakers understand the background and context regarding industrial 3-D printing and whether it could be useful for managing obsolescence in defence systems, RAND Europe collected and synthesised opinions of researchers in manufacturing and defence.

  • Advising the Development of Public Health Guidelines to Delay Antimicrobial Resistance

    01 Oct 2015

    Researchers reviewed the evidence of effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and qualitative evidence on changing risk-related behaviours pertaining to antimicrobial use to inform the development of Department of Health/NICE guidelines aimed at delaying antimicrobial resistance.

  • Developing a Framework to Measure the Impact of Digital Catapult

    22 Sep 2015

    The Digital Catapult targets market and innovation inefficiencies that likely inhibit the up-take of data-driven innovation across sectors. RAND Europe research frames thinking about how the Digital Catapult can contribute to economic productivity.