Summaries of Completed Research

  • Case Studies Show Oxford AHSN Adds Value

    20 Sep 2016

    An evaluation of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) found that it is capable of promoting high quality care and delivering projects which improve patient outcomes at a cost that appears to represent good value for money.

  • Alternatives to Coercive Sanctions Show Promise for Drug Law Offences and Drug-Related Crime

    12 Sep 2016

    Alternatives to coercive sanctions (ACS) seems reduce drug use and reoffending, but the evidence is equivocal and some features could make ACS more effective. Also, several common barriers prevent the use of ACS in a number of EU member states.

  • Strategic Review of 3ie, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation

    12 Sep 2016

    RAND Europe examined the past performance of 3ie, considered the possible future trends that will determine the environment within which 3ie might be operating, and explored three scenarios for the future to understand potential future options for 3ie.

  • Little Research Exists on UK Service Leavers’ Transition to Civilian Life

    08 Sep 2016

    The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) supports families of UK Service leavers as they transition to civilian life. To help the FiMT, more research is needed in the areas of family engagement, family breakdown, housing and spousal employment.

  • Scams Team Helps Fraud Victims

    31 Aug 2016

    A review of the National Trading Standards Scams Team pilot finds that it delivers significant value for money, saving up to £27 per £1 invested by identifying victims of mass marketing fraud and reducing future victimisation.

  • Online Drugs Trade Growing but Still Dwarfed by Traditional Markets

    05 Aug 2016

    Illegal drug transactions on cryptomarkets have tripled since 2013, with revenues doubling. But at $12-21 (€10.5-18.5) million a month, this is clearly a niche market compared to the traditional offline market, estimated at $2.3 (€2) billion a month in Europe alone.

  • Focusing on 'Human Error' Can Hinder Major Accident Prevention

    22 Jul 2016

    Employees are less likely to report errors if they work for organisational cultures that focus on 'human error' as the cause of accidents. This was one of the key findings of research for TOTAL on initiatives that may limit the risk of accidents in the oil and gas industry.

  • Evaluating Offender Liaison and Diversion Trial Schemes

    13 Jul 2016

    Researchers evaluated a new model of liaison and diversion (L&D) schemes, which aim to improve early identification of a range of health vulnerabilities among people passing through the UK youth or adult criminal justice system.

  • Examining Future Transport Scenarios to Drive Innovation in the UK

    24 Jun 2016

    The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. RAND Europe, in collaboration with Risk Solutions, explored how emerging technologies might make the transport system more efficient and effective by the year 2035.

  • "Living with Breathlessness" Seeks Better End-of-Life Care for COPD Patients

    06 Jun 2016

    RAND Europe explored whether stakeholders agreed with and anticipated problems implementing the recommendations of the "Living with Breathlessness" research programme to improve end-of-life care for patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Body-Worn Cameras Associated with Increased Assaults Against Police

    01 Jun 2016

    Rates of assault against police officers are 15% higher when they wear cameras, possibly because they feel more confident about reporting assaults once they are captured on camera or because the officers did not keep their cameras on throughout their shift.

  • When Should NHS 'Move Care into the Community'?

    27 May 2016

    ‘Moving care into the community’ is a prominent feature of NHS policy. Research by RAND Europe on outpatient clinics indicates when the policy makes sense and how it can be more effective.

  • Developing a Plan to Evaluate the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme

    24 May 2016

    To help NHS England improve its new Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, RAND Europe defined a plan for the programme's evaluation and worked with the nine demonstrator sites to ensure the needed data were collected.

  • The National Institute of Health Research at 10 Years

    18 May 2016

    To mark the NIHR's tenth anniversary, the UK Department of Health commissioned an impact synthesis of how NIHR has benefited the health research landscape.

  • 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.

  • Assessing Health Services in Northern Ireland

    29 Mar 2016

    To help the OECD understand key elements of health and social care commissioning in Northern Ireland, researchers assessed how effectively the population's needs are being met, the use of strategic planning, and how well the system incentivises high quality, value for money service provision.

  • 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.