Current Projects: Innovation and Technology Policy

  • Focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    06 Oct 2016

    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.

  • What Does the Hidden Web Reveal About Illegal Arms Trade in Europe?

    14 Sep 2016

    The illegal arms trade in Europe is proliferating. RAND Europe is examining what role the hidden web plays in fuelling and facilitating this criminal trade.

  • Developing a Toolbox for the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre Maturity Model

    16 Aug 2016

    The Cyber Security Capability Maturity Model allows organisations to map and assess maturity to achieve a healthy and resilient national cyber ecosystem. A new toolbox will aim to help policymakers identify priority areas for intervention to strengthen cyber capabilities.

  • Exploring the Hybrid Governance of Cyberspace

    15 Jun 2016

    The governance of cyberspace could plausibly develop in one of at least two ways: instrumental 'governance by design' on the one hand and evolutionary 'governance by practice' on the other. RAND Europe was commissioned by Microsoft to address the question of whether norms can be governed and if so, how.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    30 Mar 2016

    A research team from RAND Europe and several other organisations are evaluating the role of EU-funded R&D into poverty-related and neglected diseases, in particular examining contributions to achieving universal health coverage and improving population health in low and middle-income countries.

  • Innovation in the NHS: Strategies for Future Sustainability and Impact

    30 Mar 2016

    To provide specific and actionable lessons and to help improve the innovation process, its outcomes, and impacts on population health, researchers from RAND Europe and the University of Manchester are exploring the different ways innovation occurs in National Health Service organisations.

  • Evaluating the Impact of Oxford's Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

    08 Mar 2016

    RAND Europe and the Office of Health Economics are evaluating the impact of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre on local commerce, academics, and hospital care.

  • Monitoring Open Science Trends in Europe

    09 Feb 2016

    To track Open Science trends in Europe and identify the main drivers, incentives and constraints on its evolution, RAND Europe is working with Deloitte, Observatoire des Sciences et des Technologies (OST), Altmetric and Digital Science to develop a web-based monitor.

  • How to Increase Transparency, Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    18 Jan 2016

    The European Food Safety Authority asked RAND Europe to assess proposed transparency measures to determine which are most likely to be effective and what the impacts of their implementation would be.

  • Econometric Modelling Support to Link Research and Innovation to Jobs and Growth

    24 Nov 2015

    To improve policymakers' ability to model the impact of research and innovation reforms on jobs and growth across Europe, researchers are working to recalibrate the European Commission's QUEST III macroeconomic model.

  • Calculating the Economic Returns of Musculoskeletal Research

    17 Aug 2015

    A team of researchers from RAND Europe, King’s College London and HERG is estimating the health and economic benefits of UK investment in medical research into musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Examining Misleading Online Free Trials and Subscription Traps Experienced by European Consumers

    23 Jul 2015

    RAND Europe, with GfK Belgium and time.lex, is examining the practice of European businesses offering misleading "free" trials online. The study is also analysing relevant EU legislation and will formulate recommendations to prevent and combat subscription traps.

  • Investigating the Relationship Between R&D Funding and Performance

    05 Mar 2015

    To understand more about the implications of these long-term funding restrictions, as well as the potential benefits from increasing research spending, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has asked RAND Europe to examine — and thus to improve the government's understanding about — the relationship between the level of research spending and research performance, and particularly how changes in research spending relate to changes in performance.

  • Identifying Successful Innovations in European Higher Education

    19 Jan 2015

    RAND Europe is a co-leading organisation for the Governance and Adaptation to Innovative modes of Higher Education provision project, with 12 partners across the EU. This project for the European Commission and the French Ministry for National Education examines innovative modes in teaching and learning and their evolution across Europe.

  • Understanding the Relative Valuations of Research Impact

    03 Nov 2014

    To contribute to the Medical Research Council's objective of funding studies that "deliver user/beneficiary views on the contribution of academic research and MRC input," researchers are refining and adapting a survey-based approach known as Best-Worst Scaling (BWS) to analyse the relative valuations of research impact as perceived by the general population and researchers.

  • Exploring the Links Between Big Data and Public Policy

    29 Sep 2014

    Understanding the context and impacts of the complex problems associated with big data, as well as related cultural and governance issues and policy frameworks, is important to businesses, governments, research organisations, citizens and policymakers. RAND Europe connects diverse strands across these areas.

  • Evaluating CAPREx, the Cambridge Africa Partnership for Research Excellence

    09 Oct 2013

    CAPREx aims to strengthen Africa’s capacity for sustainable excellence in research through close collaborative work with the region’s most talented individuals. RAND Europe is consulting on the evaluation aspects of the initiative, drawing on established subject and methodological expertise in conducting real-time evaluations of networked research and capacity-building efforts, including in African contexts.

  • Understanding Physicians' Decision-Making Process Concerning Hepatitis-C Treatment

    23 Jan 2013

    When treating patients for Hepatitis-C, physicians may be influenced by many factors: their prior experience, the health and social care systems more broadly, or clinical, social and behavioural, or demographic factors. To better understand this decision-making process, GlaxoSmithKline commissioned RAND Europe to investigate the comparative influence and importance of specific factors and combinations of factors and their trade-offs.

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

    01 May 2012

    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.

  • Evaluating the Success of Research Collaborations in Improving Applied Health Research

    01 Jun 2011

    The National Institute for Health Research established nine Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) and has commissioned RAND Europe and the Health Economics Research Group at Brunel University to evaluate and learn from the CLAHRCs approach. The goal of the project is to focus on the gap in translating applied research advances into innovations in health and social care, for patient benefit.

  • What Impact Will Online Energy-Efficiency Ratings Have on the EU’s Lisbon Strategy?

    15 Mar 2011

    The EU's Lisbon Strategy has a targeted goal of 20% energy efficiency gains by 2020. EU Directive 2010/30/EC has therefore mandated energy efficiency labels on a wider variety of products than was previously the case and further requires this information to be made available online. RAND Europe is assessing the impacts of measures intended to implement this requirement by ensuring that A-G Energy Efficiency rating information is displayed in online sales, rental, and search environments.

  • Assessing the Evidence Base for Pharmaceutical R&D Models

    09 Mar 2011

    As research-based drug development is widely viewed as crucial to improving patient health, the pharmaceuticals sector is heavily reliant — and spends a great deal — on research and development. However, there is considerable debate about different R&D models: for example, is it more successful when conducted in a closed, in-house environment or through open networks and partnerships? To help answer this question, Pfizer has asked RAND Europe to investigate the evidence base.