Innovation and Technology Policy: Focus on Innovation Policy and Regulation

Innovation, unlike invention, is the creation of new — or the reconfiguration of existing — products and processes, and almost always involves numerous players. Increasingly, innovation emerges in the context of complex constellations of public and private organisations, institutions, markets and regulation, all of which can impact on its direction and rate of change. It is this dynamic and systemic interplay of complex interventions that informs RAND Europe's understanding of innovation. This interplay also defines our approach to understanding how innovation and technology policy can best serve the needs of different kinds of organisations, economies and societies.

Our work cuts across public and private sectors. Whether it's finding an evidence base for R&D models in pharmaceuticals or identifying emerging e-health business models, we apply our own innovative thinking to new challenges. Our focus ranges from knowledge exchange and translational research in food and agriculture to regulatory issues regarding innovation and finally, to perceptions of security and privacy issues related to ICTs.

Current Projects

  • Identifying the Research Landscape for Diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The European and Developing Countries Clinical Trial Partnership asked RAND Europe and Bairds CMC to examine the current research landscape for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. RAND Europe is conducting desk research to identify active researchers and institutions, national strategies and current public funding commitments in these disease areas. Bairds CMC is responsible for in-country, stakeholder interviews.

  • Could the Strengthening of Health Systems in Africa Improve Industrial Development?

    The performance of health systems is a key determinant of the inclusiveness of economic growth. Exclusionary, poor quality health care worsens impoverishment, while inclusive health care redistributes the benefits of growth toward the poor and ill. With Kenya and Tanzania as case studies, RAND Europe is exploring the extent to which unexploited potential synergies between industrial development and health systems can strengthen and contribute to faster and more inclusive growth.

Completed Research

  • The Global Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance

    18 Sep 2013

    To head off the growing threat of drugs no longer working in the war against microbes, Dame Sally C Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, together with Dr Jonathan Grant and Professor Mike Catchpole, have written The Drugs Don't Work. The book brings together in one easy read the startling facts of the here-and-now problem we face about resistance to our current range of antimicrobial drugs, with expert analysis of the science behind and policy implications of the battle against infectious diseases.

  • Availability of Novel and Niche Tobacco and Nicotine Products Varies Across EU

    07 Jun 2013

    There are increasingly diverse tobacco and nicotine products, including waterpipes and new products such as electronic cigarettes or dissolvable smokeless tobacco. Many of these are marketed as 'less harmful' than cigarettes, or suggested to help quit smoking, but their health impacts remain inadequately understood. Unfortunately, the evidence on the availability and use of these products in Europe is patchy, with high variability in both the quality of data and the regulatory environment.

  • Assessing Research Impact: An International Review of the Excellence in Innovation for Australia Trial

    27 Mar 2013

    The Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA) Impact Assessment Trial aimed to assess the non-academic impact of research generated by a subset of Australian universities, and act as a pilot for a potential companion piece to the next Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), a nationwide performance assessment of Australian universities. RAND Europe's evaluation of the Trial found it to be a successful process, but identified a number of areas of improvement, especially if it is scaled up to a national level.

  • Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Can Help Europe Be More Competitive

    20 Aug 2012

    The Internet has transformed our daily lives and revolutionised the way we do business, and it promises to fuel economies and improve well-being in the future. But Europe has been slower than the US, Korea or Japan to capture the full benefits of the Internet economy. Investing in new technologies and applications has considerable economic potential for Europe, but only if some tough choices are made and barriers to EU international competitiveness can be overcome.

  • Information Exchange Among CERTs Must Be Encouraged

    16 Dec 2011

    Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) work like digital fire brigades, responding to and mitigating cyber security incidents. The European Network and Information Security Agency asked RAND Europe and partner time.lex to explore the legal, regulatory, and operational aspects of information exchange between CERTS in Europe. Their study found that uncertainty over data protection regimes, amongst others, are an important factor influencing cross-border information exchange.

  • Understanding the Impact of ICTs in the Middle East and North Africa

    30 Nov 2011

    Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) help to empower citizens and transform economic life. An important policy challenge is to identify and harness the benefits while mitigating the risks created by the new technologies. At the World Bank's request, RAND Europe helped develop a framework for thinking about ICT use in MENA. The report builds on an earlier research which benchmarked indicators for the knowledge economy in the region, analysing associations between indicators of ICT diffusion and development.

  • Analysing Knowledge Exchange and Translational Research in the UK Agri-Food Supply Chain

    12 Sep 2011

    Despite considerable investment in basic science, wheat production has remained relatively static in both quantity and quality. To help ensure the best use is made of these investments, RAND Europe examined how translational research and knowledge exchange can be enhanced. Important barriers to the translation of research into practice include price volatility and the complexity of the wheat value chain, but providing platforms for face-to-face contact and collaborative working can enable knowledge exchange.

  • Transferring Health Innovation from South to North

    25 May 2011

    Normally, technology transfer involves developed countries forging ahead with innovation while others adopt technologies in their wake. This is an exploratory study of health technologies explicitly developed for developing countries being transferred from South to North. While it concludes that many of the factors key to successful transfer are highly contextual, it will be of interest to policymakers who find their concerns beginning to overlap (such as in relation to cost).

  • Policy Implications of Convergence in the Online Content Market

    24 May 2011

    The independent telecommunication regulator of the Netherlands, OPTA, commissioned RAND Europe to explore convergence in the market for digital information and communication. The research report assesses the consequences for telecommunication regulators and regulation and explores specific issues, such as spectrum policy and net neutrality, with the ultimate goal of drawing useful lessons from approaches applied in United States, United Kingdom and South Korea.

  • Understanding the Security, Privacy and Trust Aspects of Cloud Computing

    04 Apr 2011

    The European Commission's Digital Agenda highlights a need to develop a pan-European 'cloud strategy', but several challenges threaten to undermine the EC's policy objectives. RAND Europe explored the security, privacy and trust challenges that cloud computing poses; conducted case studies and a workshop to review the real-world applicability of these issues; and formulated recommendations around the principles of accountability, transparency, governance and implementation.

  • Assessing the Impact of Intellectual Property Rights in Developing Countries

    03 Mar 2010

    Should intellectual property regimes in developing countries be strengthened and harmonised across the globe? An examination of literature and research concerning the role of intellectual property policies in the development of poor and industrialising countries considers economic and social development along five key dimensions to reveal that a country's intellectual property regime is systematically related to its broader state of development.

  • Exploring the Options for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Use in Healthcare

    19 Feb 2010

    The use of radio frequency identification in the healthcare setting holds the potential for improved patient safety and reduced costs. RAND Europe studied individual cases to identify the potential and real costs and benefits of RFID deployment in European healthcare, as well as the critical success and failure factors of RFID implementation programmes in practice. An initial set of reports provide a framework for conducting cost-benefit analyses in the future and to stimulate the effective monitoring and capturing of cost-benefit data in care delivery settings. A final report presents three scenarios for 2020, to describe futures in which the technology and health care sectors develop in different ways.

  • Examining Steps Needed to Achieve a 'Digital Europe'

    21 Jan 2010

    A series of studies by RAND Europe explore requirements for delivering a secure eGovernment environment for mobile European citizens, based on the lessons learned from existing services and initiatives and identified challenges in the national and pan-European environments. Also examined are the benefits that Pan-European eGovernment Services (PEGS) can provide and how best to implement them.

  • Security, At What Cost? Quantifying People's Trade-Offs Across Liberty, Privacy and Security

    11 Jan 2010

    To understand the privacy, liberty, and security trade-offs individuals are willing to make, and so policy makers can be better informed about citizens' true preferences in this domain, RAND Europe undertook an innovative stated-preference discrete-choice modelling study. The research included three real-life case studies where these factors come into play: applying for a passport, traveling on the national rail network, and attending a major public event such as the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

  • The Future Internet Society, Its Socio-Economic Impacts and Policy Consequences

    18 Dec 2009

    This report reviews the technology trends underlying the future Internet Society. It assesses the possible future socio-economic impacts of a connected world; as well as the changing business models that are likely to emerge in the next 5 to 10 years. The ultimate objective of the study is to make future policy recommendations for the successor programme to the current ICT strategy of the European Commission. Possible future impacts were analysed through trend analysis, surveys, scenario based workshops and econometric modelling.

  • Innovation Procurement: Part of the Solution

    17 Jun 2009

    This briefing discusses the possible role and limitations of innovation procurement as an innovation policy instrument. The motivation for the briefing is the increasing interest of policy makers in procurement as an innovation policy measure, while the gap between the policy and economics literature is becoming bigger and bigger. Despite the undoubted potential of innovation procurement, we argue in this briefing that it is important to be aware of when and how to use it: Innovation procurement is only likely to promote innovation efficiently if used in the right circumstances and in the right way.

  • Radio Frequency ID in Healthcare

    13 Apr 2009

    Radio Frequency ID (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. It shows potential to improve patient safety, reduce medical errors, save costs, and overall contribute to the quality of care delivered to patients. The objective of this study is to identify policy and research options for the European Commission (EC) to ensure large-scale, effective, and secure implementation of RFID in healthcare and the pharmaceutical market.

  • Digitalization Offers Opportunities for Higher Education Institutions

    18 Feb 2009

    Digital repositories can help Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to capture, identify, store and retrieve such intellectual assets as data-sets, course material and research papers. The leadership of these institutions, however, has been concerned about the awareness of and commitment to repositories and their sustainability in the future. This research brief informs universities and other HEIs about the different motivations for using and investing in digital repositories and highlights potential ways of addressing the challenges of embedding these repositories in institutional strategy and daily operation.

  • Archiving in the Digital Age

    08 Apr 2008

    The digital revolution has fundamentally modified the way research is conducted, but also the way in which its results are circulated, reviewed, accessed and preserved. Libraries can no longer rely on stacking a print copy of a publication on one of their archive shelves. RAND Europe's report, Digital preservation: The uncertain future of saving the past, examines how research findings will be communicated in the future to help librarians and archivists preserve history.

  • Responsibility in the Global Information Society: Towards Multi-stakeholder Governance

    31 May 2007

    As part of British Telecommunication's annual Hot Topic series, RAND Europe was asked to conduct a research study investigating the reponsibilities and opportunities facing global ICT companies. The RAND Europe report assesses the ICT sector's responsibilities and identifies the kinds of actions that can be taken through a 'multi-stakeholder governance' approach to respond adequately to the challenges.

  • Security Challenges to the Use and Deployment of Disruptive Technologies

    30 Jan 2007

    RAND Europe recently completed a study, commissioned by DG Information Society & Media of the European Commission, assessing the security challenges involved in the use and deployment of so-called 'disruptive technologies.' These technologies were: Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Trusted Computing, Wireless Microwave Access (WiMAX), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). Methods used in the study included expert review, case study examination and evaluation at an expert workshop. Findings showed that some challenges were common to all technologies, most notably those surrounding the business case for their implementation, while others were technology-specific. The study was the latest in a series conducted for the European Commission in the area of Network and Information Security.