Completed Research: Innovation and Technology Policy

  • 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.

  • Assessing the Impact of the Health Technology Assessment Programme

    02 Sep 2015

    NIHR's Health Technology Assessment programme has considerable impact on academic research, health policy, clinical practice, patient health and economic outcomes, according to a RAND Europe analysis that includes recommendations for the programme's future.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Examining the Bibliometric Performance of the Cambridge Neuroscience Network

    06 Jul 2015

    To inform and support Cambridge Neuroscience in their strategic direction, RAND Europe conducted a biblometric analysis that provides evidence on the research performance of the network (and its constituent researchers and organisational units) and explores collaboration dynamics.

  • Can Real World Data Improve Health Outcomes?

    16 Jun 2015

    At a Cambridge University conference on Policy Making in the Big Data Era, Joanna Chataway presented findings from a RAND Europe study assessing the real-world data policy landscape for health and healthcare in Europe.

  • Evaluating the Impact of the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme

    11 Jun 2015

    The i4i programme supports the development of innovative medical technologies and their translation into clinical practice. RAND Europe evaluated i4i to identify its impacts and the factors influencing performance.

  • Evaluating the Submission Process for the Research Excellence Framework's Impact Element

    25 Mar 2015

    To formulate evidence-based conclusions and recommendations for improving the processes of preparing submissions for impact assessment, the higher education funding councils for England, Scotland and Wales asked RAND Europe to work with a sample of higher education institutions to evaluate the submission process for the impact element of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

  • Evaluating the Assessment Process for the Impact Element of REF 2014

    25 Mar 2015

    Following RAND Europe's evaluation of the Research Excellence Framework submission process, the four UK higher education funding bodies commissioned an evaluation of the assessment process for the impact element of the REF 2014.

  • Estimating the Value of Mobile Telephony in Mobile Network 'Not-Spots'

    12 Mar 2015

    Around 80,000 premises in the UK are located in areas without mobile phone coverage – referred to as “not-spots”. Residents and businesses in these areas would be willing to pay for a mobile phone signal, according to RAND Europe research. Further, these areas may not be sustainable in the longer term without a signal, due to the negative impacts on business profits.

  • Using Innovation Models to Harness New Solutions for Defence

    04 Mar 2015

    Innovation is a complex system with many interacting factors, which means that 'magic bullet' solutions do not exist to enhance the innovation process. RAND Europe identified eight key factors that can be used to understand innovation systems and to focus effort on being able to harness innovation for the defence industry.

  • Foresight and Optimisation in Horizon 2020

    12 Jan 2015

    As digital technology becomes more relevant in diverse aspects of our economy and society, it is important to anticipate changes in technology and how we use it. This understanding is particularly important for Horizon 2020, the EU’s 7-year research and innovation funding programme.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.