Summaries of Completed Research

  • 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. 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.

  • 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.

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

    03 Jul 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.

  • One-Page Brief Summarises RAND Europe's Unique Qualities

    02 Jul 2014

    RAND Europe …on a page provides the qualities and characteristics describing our research and organisation. It explains why our clients rely on us as being a trusted source in Europe for policy research based on evidence and facts. RAND Europe …on a page focuses on four qualities to describe RAND Europe: Integrity, Impact, Integration and Innovation.

  • 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.

  • Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage: Early Childhood Interventions and Progression to Higher Education in Europe

    12 Jun 2014

    In the long term, early childhood education and care (ECEC) can boost the academic abilities of disadvantaged students, thus enabling them to pursue higher studies. Whether ECEC results in increased access to higher education remains to be seen.

  • Caring for Children in Europe: How Childcare, Parental Leave, and Flexible Working Arrangements Interact in Europe

    12 Jun 2014

    Most parents in Europe combine a variety of methods to reconcile their working lives with childcare duties, and their arrangements are related to their preferences, the age of their children, and the labour market opportunities to which they have access.

  • 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.

  • Social Protection During the Economic Crisis: How Do Changes to Benefits Systems Affect Children?

    12 Jun 2014

    The economic crisis and its widespread effects have increased poverty and social exclusion risks, notably through cuts in public spending leading to underinvestment in child-focused policies. However, EU authorities increasingly realise that the austerity measures affecting the expenditure on early intervention and preventive policies may result in greater public spending in the future.

  • 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.

  • Female Representation in Academic Medicine

    25 Apr 2014

    In 2008 an independent working group commissioned by the UK Chief Medical Officer and led by Baroness Deech looked at the position and participation of women in the medical profession. RAND Europe updated and extended the Deech report to cover academic medicine in the UK, and demonstrate that although women are equally represented in medicine, they are under-represented in academic medicine.

  • 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.

  • SAFIRE Draws Lessons for European Counter-terrorism

    24 Apr 2014

    RAND Europe worked alongside nine other partners from across Europe on a 3.5 year-long study of radicalisation for the European Commission. The project, SAFIRE, reviewed the evidence base and piloted an intervention to draw lessons for European counter-terrorism. RAND Europe researchers were responsible for the review and quantification of the literature on radicalisation, clarifying what we know and how reliable it is. They also ran a workshop with frontline workers to identify indicators of radicalisation and it compared these with the evidence found in the literature.

  • 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.

  • Regulating Quality and Safety of Health and Social Care

    13 Feb 2014

    Ensuring adherence to standards and quality improvement in health and social care is a major concern in many health systems. Care standards have been developed in many countries, but they are implemented and applied in different ways. This report, for the English Department of Health, reviews the regulatory mechanisms and policy instruments used to encourage and ensure continuous quality improvement across six countries: Australia, England, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA.

  • Psychological Wellbeing and Work in the UK

    20 Jan 2014

    Mental ill-health is associated with high economic and social costs and represents a significant policy challenge in the UK: Mental health is now one of the leading reasons for people claiming sickness absence benefits. Public sector stakeholders commissioned RAND Europe to identify approaches to improve the effectiveness and alignment of health and employment services to achieve better employment outcomes for individuals with mental health problems.

  • Modelling Long-Distance Travel in Great Britain

    09 Jan 2014

    Trips longer than 50 mi account for less than one-fortieth of all trips but nearly one-third of all distance traveled within Great Britain. Because they account for a substantial proportion of total distance traveled, particularly on motorways and rail, these trips are important for transport policy and have a substantial impact on congestion. RAND Europe developed a model to ensure proper treatment of the specific properties of long-distance travel; such treatment is essential for appraising the impact of transport policy aimed at this market, such as high-speed rail, highway construction and management policies, and policies directed toward domestic air travel.

  • How to Increase Value and Reduce Waste When Research Priorities Are Set

    08 Jan 2014

    Jonathan Grant has co-authored a paper on how to increase value and reduce waste when research priorities are set, launched today in The Lancet. The message is that policymakers, research funders and researchers must make more use of prior research results, systematic reviews and patients’ own views, when deciding what research to perform. It is also important to consider how to get the maximum impact from each research project, which RAND Europe researchers have explored in their Retrosight projects.

  • How ImpactFinder Can Aid Universities with the Research Excellence Framework

    06 Jan 2014

    Impact now plays a role in the allocation of research funding to UK universities through the Research Excellence Framework (REF), presenting universities with a new challenge: how best to capture research results and construct submissions to the REF. ImpactFinder is an analysis and advice package to help senior research leaders determine how best to identify research with the greatest impact and present it to the REF panels.