Summaries of Completed Research

  • Examining Initiatives to Reduce Length of Stay in Hospital

    22 Dec 2014

    Measures to reduce the length of stay are among the main approaches to enhance a hospital's operational efficiency. RAND Europe has conducted a rapid review of the evidence of the effectiveness and efficiency of initiatives for reducing length of stay in hospital. The project examined the impact of these initiatives on the quality of care and patient experiences.

  • Using Emergency Department Data for Crime Prevention

    19 Dec 2014

    Data sharing among emergency departments and law enforcement is known to reduce crime. Researchers developed guidance for police practitioners in England and Wales on available hospital data and its potential uses, as well as on how to establish and maintain data-sharing partnerships with NHS partners.

  • Estimating the Economic Costs of Antimicrobial Resistance

    11 Dec 2014

    The costs of failing to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR) include a world population by 2050 that will be between 11 million and 444 million lower than it would otherwise be in the absence of AMR, and world GDP losses between $2.1 and $124.5 trillion.

  • Understanding How Labels Inform Consumers about Dangers of Alcohol Consumption

    25 Nov 2014

    To better understand the extent to which alcoholic beverage labelling is implemented in practice, and to assess the effectiveness of health-related information conveyed and presented on products, RAND Europe worked with partners at GfK to conduct fieldwork across EU Member States to examine beverage packaging and inform how labelling could be improved.

  • Towards Trust and Freedom in Science Funding: Venture Research

    21 Nov 2014

    Can scientists who question the ideas of their peers win funding? In the 1980s, BP's Venture Research Unit was formed around the idea that civilisation urgently needs the radical ideas of such scientists. RAND Europe has produced a concise summary of how the programme worked.

  • Making and Breaking Barriers: Assessing the Value of Mounted Police Units in the UK

    19 Nov 2014

    Mounted police have been part of British policing for the better part of two centuries but little was known about their work from an academic or practitioner standpoint. RAND Europe helped to investigate both quantitative and qualitative indicators relating to the value of mounted police in various deployment scenarios, in an effort to understand how members of the public perceive and respond to mounted police deployments.

  • Examining Issues of Gender Equality in the EU

    29 Oct 2014

    Although equality between women and men is one of the founding values of the European Union, there are still considerable differences between men and women, both in the work force and at home, according to research conducted for the EC Directorate-General for Justice.

  • Grand Challenges in International Research Cooperation

    21 Oct 2014

    Horizon 2020, the EU’s biggest research funding programme, allows the EU to play a central role in solving some of the world’s grand societal challenges. To best meet these challenges, the EU should agree on strategic research agendas with partner countries including the US, India, and China, and to establish further links with other intergovernmental initiatives.

  • Developing EU Information Security and Data Protection Frameworks

    22 Sep 2014

    Has Brussels put its own house in order when it comes to information security and data privacy? RAND Europe research suggests that the EU institutions and agencies should review the rules that govern their information security and data privacy procedures if they want to be ahead of the ICT innovation curve.

  • Exploring the Current State of Health Research in Sub-Saharan Africa

    19 Sep 2014

    While funding is the key problem, clinical researchers seeking to combat infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa cite the lack of policymaker understanding of the importance of their work as a major barrier, above lack of human resources and lack of infrastructure.

  • Evaluating the Wellcome Trust's African Institutions Initiative

    12 Sep 2014

    An evaluation of the Wellcome Trust's African Institutions Initiative (AII) shows several successes as well as recommendations for the future. The AII funds consortia to build sustainable, independent health research capacity at African universities and research organisations, to promote research collaboration and to train individuals for research careers in Africa.

  • Book Offers Expert Overview of Choice Modelling

    08 Sep 2014

    Choice modelling is a key tool for the understanding of behaviour and is used to support decision-making in fields such as transportation, health economics, environmental analysis and marketing. The Handbook of Choice Modelling — edited by Andrew Daly and composed of contributions from Daly, Peter Burge, and other senior figures in the field — provides an authoritative and in-depth overview of the essential topics related to choice modelling.

  • Are You Sitting Comfortably?

    02 Sep 2014

    A range of emerging, but important, risks to our Internet-connected living room have implications for security and privacy, according to research by RAND Europe for Ofcom. Addressing these might require more action from government, industry and consumers alike.

  • 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.

  • How to Measure the Capacity of Government to Deliver Policy

    20 Jun 2014

    The capacity of government to design and deliver policy matters a great deal to the success of a policy. RAND Europe has undertaken a range of projects that aim to better understand the capacity of public administration. Our view is that capacity-building in public administration often needs to be seen as a strategic objective in and by itself.

  • Estimating the Economic Returns on Cancer Research in the UK

    16 Jun 2014

    The UK government invests approximately £1.6 billion in medical research each year, and the British public donated £1.7 billion to medical research charities in 2012-13. Research shows that this funding delivers health gains for patients and also benefits the UK economy at a 40% return annually.

  • Factors Influencing Students' Choice of University in England

    12 Jun 2014

    RAND Europe used choice experiments to provide fresh empirical evidence on the relative influence of tuition fee levels and other factors on the decisions of those choosing between universities. Employment prospects, living expenses, university location, course quality and tuition fees were all important.

  • Measuring the Public Acceptability of Population-Level Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Consumption

    28 May 2014

    Public acceptability influences policy action, but the most acceptable policies are not always the most effective. The findings of a discrete-choice experiment suggest that public acceptability of alcohol interventions is dependent on both the nature of the policy and its expected effectiveness. Policy-makers struggling to mobilise support for hitherto unpopular but promising policies should consider giving greater prominence to their expected outcomes.

  • SAFIRE Draws Lessons for European Counter-terrorism

    28 Apr 2014

    A multiyear study of radicalisation for the European Commission reviewed the evidence base and piloted an intervention to draw lessons for European counter-terrorism. Researchers ran a workshop to identify indicators of radicalisation and compared these with the evidence found in the literature.

  • Assessing the Real-World Data Policy Landscape for Health and Healthcare in Europe

    24 Apr 2014

    RAND Europe, supported by IBM, worked through a multi-method approach to assess different pathways for collecting and utilising real world data (RWD) in the health and healthcare sector. Based on a literature review, case studies, a small set of interviews of experts from public and private organisations, and a scenario-based workshop, researchers have outlined possible strategies to illustrate how the development of standards could facilitate RWD-based research.

  • Supporting the Development of a New Health R&D Strategy for Norway

    04 Apr 2014

    To help Norway develop a new research and innovation strategy for health and care services, RAND Europe conducted a series of rapid evidence reviews of the HelseOmsorg21 Strategy and offered a conceptual representation of the Norwegian health and care research system.

  • Local Context is Key in Successfully Using ARVs to Prevent HIV/AIDS

    31 Mar 2014

    The Mapping Pathways project, in which RAND Europe is a partner, explores the complex issues surrounding the use of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy as HIV prevention. The second phase of the project produced a report that brings together scientific evidence and community perspectives on four strategies for ARV-based HIV prevention and emphasises how local context shapes perception of evidence. Three subsequent workshops examine the local context in greater detail.

  • Mapping Smart Cities in the EU

    25 Mar 2014

    The European Parliament asked RAND Europe to provide background information and advice to their members on the role of Smart Cities initiatives and to explain how existing mechanisms perform. The researchers established a working definition of a Smart City and mapped the cities fitting this definition across the Member States. An analysis of the Smart Cities initiatives found that Smart Cities objectives should be more explicit, well defined and clearly aligned to city development, innovation plans and Europe 2020 to be successful.

  • Evaluation of the Structural Genomics Consortium

    10 Mar 2014

    The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership formed to support drug-discovery through pre-competitive structural biology research. The SGC has commissioned RAND Europe and Canada's Institute on Governance to provide an evaluation of its unique, open-access model, to understand the nature and diversity of its benefits for partnering organisations as well as for the wider research community.

  • Understanding Intolerance in Western Europe

    27 Jan 2014

    Intolerance based on ethnic, national, racial and religious grounds is an area of high public concern, but there is relatively little empirical research that provides an overview of how apparently rising hate crime and growing support for some populist parties relate to wider public attitudes. The Open Society Foundation asked RAND Europe to assess existing evidence and map reported intolerance over time and across western European countries. With support of the RAND Europe Council of Advisors, researchers are expanding the geographical scope of the original project to include non-EU15 countries.