Summaries of Completed Research

  • 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.

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

    15 Jan 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Evaluating the EC Communication on Combating HIV/AIDS

    22 Sep 2015

    The European Commission Communication on Combating HIV/AIDS brought together interested parties from across the European region to draw up a set of targets and measures to be implemented. RAND Europe and Van Dijk Management Consultants evaluated the second Communication and accompanying action plan to assess its implementation and help the Commission formulate a new policy framework.

  • Mapping the UK’s Dementia Research Landscape and Workforce Capacity

    10 Sep 2015

    The number of people with dementia worldwide is predicted to rise threefold by 2050. Researchers conducted an analysis of the UK's dementia research landscape and workforce capacity to inform research funding and capacity building efforts to ensure proper treatment, prevention, care, and greater scientific understanding of this condition.

  • Examining the Socioeconomic Inclusion of Migrant EU Workers

    10 Sep 2015

    RAND Europe and Ecorys examined the challenges and opportunities of the socioeconomic inclusion of migrant EU workers and their families at local level. The research provides the European Commission with information on these challenges and opportunities within the framework of EU regulations on the coordination of social security systems.

  • Analysing the Economic Impact of the Health Technology Assessment Programme

    02 Sep 2015

    The potential economic benefits of projects funded through the National Institute for Health Research’s Health Technology Assessment programme would go well beyond covering the programme’s costs, according to an assessment done by RAND Europe and based on a sample of 10 projects.

  • Assessing the Impact of the Health Technology Assessment Programme

    02 Sep 2015

    An assessment for the National Institute for Health Research of its Health Technology Assessment programme from 2003 to 2013 identified benefits resulting from the research that the programme funded, focusing in particular on its impact on health policy, practice and patients.

  • Scoping the Impact of EU Membership on UK Health Research

    11 Aug 2015

    To help frame the debate on future EU membership in the context of UK health research, RAND Europe assessed the benefits and burdens of membership. This research, for the Department of Health, not only focuses on funding, but also looks at other aspects such as research environment, network effects, and knowledge spillovers. The project included a series of scenario-based workshops to explore future impact of EU funding.

  • Developing a Research Impact and Performance Management System for Oman

    11 Aug 2015

    Researchers designed a system through which The Research Council of Oman can measure the performance and impact of its funded research today and in the future. The team also collected data to set a baseline for a subset of the performance and impact indicators developed for the system.

  • Learning from Medical Breakthroughs to Improve Treatment for Dementia

    04 Aug 2015

    Aiming to better understand the contexts that have contributed to breakthroughs in treatment, this project analysed breakthroughs in four conditions of ill health and sought to identify potentially transferable lessons for the dementia context.

  • Key Skills and Competences for Defence

    30 Jul 2015

    RAND Europe identified key skills and competences for the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base and developed a range of potential measures that could help to address some of the problems identified in the labour market for defence key skills.

  • The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's Capacity Building Activities in East Africa

    30 Jul 2015

    The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) helps to bridge the gap between scientific and technological potential and the needs of low income populations in low and middle income countries. RAND Europe evaluated its capacity-building activities — including training, advocacy and broader community engagement activities — in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

  • Leadership as a Health Research Policy Intervention

    21 Jul 2015

    The National Institute of Health Research Leadership Programme was established in 2009 to develop the leadership skills and capabilities of current and future NIHR researchers. RAND Europe undertook a 2-year real-time evaluation of the second phase of the programme in 2012-2014.

  • Mid-Term Review of the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF)

    10 Jul 2015

    At the request of the Department for International Development, researchers conducted a mid-term review of SIEF and drafted recommendations to support the future development of SIEF and to help ensure that SIEF can generate an impact in the future.

  • Accelerated Access Review of Innovative Medicines and Medical Technologies

    10 Jul 2015

    RAND Europe supported the Accelerated Access Review of innovative medicines and medical technologies by examining international examples of accelerating the use of drugs, devices and diagnostics. One key conclusion is that a systems approach to speeding up the adoption of medical innovation will be necessary.