Current Projects: Health and Healthcare

  • Developing a Plan to Evaluate the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme

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

  • Evaluating Telephone Triage in General Practice

    RAND Europe, as part of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, is conducting an independent evaluation of telephone triage in general practices, using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data collection.

  • Research on Work and Wellbeing

    RAND Europe has undertaken numerous studies that look at the interface between employment and health and wellbeing in the workplace. Some common themes emerge from these pieces of work.

  • Alice-Rap Reframes European Approach to Addiction

    RAND Europe is leading a research area within the Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project, a 5-year EU project to help policymakers rethink approaches to the human and economic costs of addictions by weaving the work of over 150 scientists in 25 countries into an integrated evidence base.

  • Assessing the Impact of the Health Technology Assessment Programme

    The National Institutes of Health Research has commissioned RAND Europe to assess the impact of the Health Technology Assessment programme over the ten-year period from 2003 to 2013 and identify the benefits resulting from the research that the programme funded, focusing in particular on its impact on health policy, practice and patients.

  • Demonstrating the Benefits of Social Care Research

    In the current economic climate, there is an increasing need for researchers to demonstrate the benefits resulting from the money invested in research. Ways to do this for social care research are not well established, and RAND Europe has been asked to investigate options including bibliometrics, surveys and economic analysis as part of the wider Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project led by the London School of Economics.

  • Evaluation of the Nigerian Midwives Service Scheme: Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation

    The Better Obstetrics in Rural Nigeria (BORN) Study examines the effectiveness of the MSS. A nested qualitative study led by RAND Europe evaluated nine primary care clinics that appeared to be having differing success in terms of recruitment/retention of midwives and uptake of services.

  • Focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    RAND Europe’s growing work in the field of mental health and wellbeing draws on expertise from across a range of disciplines and methodological backgrounds to bring an innovative perspective to our projects. In particular, our well-established reputation in healthcare research is complemented by extensive science policy expertise, particularly in the field of research evaluation.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Company' Competition

    RAND Europe continues to provide research support to Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Company. It was commissioned in partnership with the University of Cambridge to help run the competition, which gives awards to companies for the healthiest employees and work environment. RAND Europe’s role includes designing and running the surveys, analysing results, and providing customised reports to participating companies. The project’s central aims are to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of how companies can engage with the wellness of their employees.

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

    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 is evaluating whether and how IHW actions are working as planned, and contributing to achieving the strategy's overarching aims.

  • Mapping the Global Mental Health Research System

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

  • Exploring the Implementation of New Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Tools Across Europe

    As part of the pan-EU project EPIC-CVD, which aims to provide clinicians and policymakers with a range of evidence-based policy options for cost-effective, individualised risk assessment for cardiovascular disease, researchers are exploring options for the implementation of new cardiovascular risk assessment tools across Europe.

  • Evaluating Offender Liaison and Diversion Trial Schemes

    Researchers are evaluating 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.

  • Investigating Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care

    To help the Department of Health to determine the value-added and feasibility of social impact bonds, researchers are exploring whether SIBs help achieve better health and social care outcomes, and what the costs and challenges are of using these funding mechanisms.

  • Evaluation of Drug and Alcohol "Payment by Results" Pilots

    At a time of reduced public spending there is interest in funding public services on a 'payment by results' basis under which the government pays for services only if and when they achieve defined outcomes. The Department of Health has commissioned a consortium that includes RAND Europe to conduct an independent evaluation of eight drug and alcohol recovery PbR pilots. The research is assessing whether and how the new funding approach encourages the development of the market for provision of services in these areas and more effective recovery programmes.

  • Analytical Support for South Africa's Healthy Company Index

    The 2014 Healthy Company Index competition in South Africa is currently running. RAND Europe will provide research and analytical support to the competition that aims to identify South Africa’s Healthiest Company.

  • Advancing Community Hospitals and Services in the NHS: Learning from International Experiences

    At the interface between primary care and specialist care, community hospitals have the potential to play a major role in the management of acute and non-acute conditions. RAND Europe is collaborating with the University of Bournemouth to understand how the NHS can advance community hospitals and services in England, learning from comparable hospital models in other countries.

  • Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) Supports Innovation in Health and Social Care Policy

    RAND Europe is one of five partners in the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU), which brings together leading health and social care expertise to improve evidence-based policy-making and its implementation across the National Health Service, social care and public health. The Department of Health has funded PIRU with the goal of strengthening early policy development by exploiting the best routine data and by subjecting initiatives to speedy, thorough evaluation.

  • Improving Patient Experience in Primary Care

    The improving patient experience in primary care (IMPROVE) programme, a collaboration among RAND Europe, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Exeter, contains seven linked projects. The programme is exploring issues such as how practice teams respond to patient feedback from surveys, how GPs respond to individual patient feedback, use of real time patient feedback in GP practices, and understanding patients’ experiences of out of hours care.

  • Evaluation of the Public Health Responsibility Deal

    The Public Health Responsibility Deal (RD) aims to bring together public sector, academic, commercial and voluntary organisations in the UK in public-private partnerships to help meet public health goals. Partners pledge to change their services or products in ways that are positive for consumers’ health. RAND Europe is contributing to an evaluation of the RD by examining international examples of similar interventions, from which learning can be drawn for the RD.

  • Evaluating the EC Communication on Combating HIV/AIDS

    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 are evaluating the second Communication and accompanying action plan to assess its implementation and help the Commission formulate a new policy framework.

  • Evaluating the European Food Safety Authority's Publication Strategy

    The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) provides independent scientific advice and communication on risks associated with food and feed safety, including animal health and welfare, plant protection and plant health and nutrition. RAND Europe is evaluating EFSA's publications strategy to map stakeholders' needs for EFSA publications, assess how they are currently used and measure the level of stakeholder satisfaction with these publications.

  • Understanding How Labels Inform Consumers about Dangers of Alcohol Consumption

    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 is working with partners at GfK to conduct fieldwork across EU Member States to examine beverage packaging and inform how labelling could be improved.

  • Improving Infant and Maternal Health in Rural Nigeria

    The Better Obstetrics in Rural Nigeria (BORN) Study examines the effectiveness of the Nigerian Midwives Service Scheme (MSS) with respect to reducing maternal and infant mortality in rural, underserved areas of the country. BORN's RAND-led research team pairs experts from the RAND Health, RAND Labor and Population, and RAND Europe with those leading the field in Nigeria to evaluate the program.

  • Investigating Children's Exposure to Food and Drink Marketing Online

    Food and drink marketing is known to influence children’s preferences and to impact on subsequent behaviour, such as use of alcohol. With the rise in the use of online media there is a need to better understand the level to which children are exposed to marketing online. RAND Europe is working with year 9 pupils in Cambridge to document exposure to food and drink marketing online. This project is a first step towards informing the possible development of future regulatory approaches.