Current Research Projects

  • 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.

  • Demonstrating the Benefits of Social Care Research

    05 Mar 2015

    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.

  • Evaluating UNICEF's Emergency Education Response Programme in Jordan

    05 Mar 2015

    To learn from experiences to date (including good practice, innovative practice and lessons learnt), so that education provision can be further developed and improved upon, researchers are conducting an evaluation of UNICEF's Emergency Education Response Programme for Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

  • Focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    24 Feb 2015

    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.

  • 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.

  • Mapping the Global Mental Health Research System

    03 Nov 2014

    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.

  • 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.

  • Evaluating Atlantic Philanthropies' Migration Programme for Ireland

    28 Oct 2014

    European politics increasingly affect national asylum, immigration and integration law and practice in Ireland. Atlantic Philanthropies, which supports organisations in Ireland and in Europe that work on protection, immigration and integration issues, has asked RAND Europe to evaluate their migration programme to describe the programme’s achievements and inform ongoing and future work in this area.

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

    16 Oct 2014

    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 the Impact of the European Programme for Integration and Migration

    13 Oct 2014

    The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is a €3 million collaborative initiative of 12 major foundations to improve integration of and outcomes for migrants in Europe through advocacy, capacity-building and policy change. EPIM has asked RAND Europe to evaluate the achievements and impacts of their work in 2012-2015, to ensure accountability and enable learning that can be acted on during the course of the programme.

  • 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.

  • How Much Does Lack of Full EU Integration Cost?

    25 Sep 2014

    An analysis of the current state of play in the European free movement of goods allowed researchers to quantify costs due to a lack of full integration, drawing special attention to two sectors of the European economy: the construction materials sector and the medical devices sectors.

  • Evaluating Offender Liaison and Diversion Trial Schemes

    12 Sep 2014

    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.

  • IMPACT Europe Explores 'What Works' in Tackling Violent Radicalisation

    22 Aug 2014

    IMPACT Europe aims to bring together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to explore how violent radicalisation can be countered and what works best. RAND Europe is a partner in this European Commission project.

  • Examining the Feasibility of Time-of-Day Tolls to Reduce Congestion

    14 Jul 2014

    To reduce traffic along a heavily congested Texas toll road, researchers are using stated preference surveys and discrete choice models to understand how motorists will respond to alternative time-of-day pricing policies.

  • Investigating Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care

    10 Jul 2014

    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

    30 Jun 2014

    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.

  • Evaluating Social Innovation Pilot Projects

    24 Jun 2014

    A series of social innovation pilot projects across Europe aim to support the growth of European social finance markets and the development of capacities within social business and young entrepreneurship. RAND Europe and Ecorys are evaluating these pilots and hosting a series of interactive workshops to encourage an exchange of experiences.

  • Analytical Support for South Africa's Healthy Company Index

    19 Jun 2014

    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.

  • Modelling the Demand for Postal Products

    17 Jun 2014

    The UK postal market has changed significantly over recent years with the introduction of greater competition and the development of new postal products. Royal Mail has commissioned RAND Europe to undertake choice modelling research to gain a more detailed understanding of how business customers choose different products under current, and a range of possible future, market conditions.

  • Analysing the Reduction in First Time Entrants to the UK Youth Justice System

    23 May 2014

    The number of young Britons first entering the criminal justice system has seen a significant reduction since 2008. To gain a better understanding of the drivers of this decrease, researchers are analysing key datasets about young people in the UK criminal justice system to see how, if at all, the case mix of first time entrants has changed.

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

    22 May 2014

    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

    07 May 2014

    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

    05 Mar 2014

    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.

  • Understanding Intolerance in Western Europe

    27 Jan 2014

    Intolerance based on ethnic, national, racial and religious grounds is an area of high public concern, but there is relatively little empirical research that provides an overview of how apparently rising hate crime and growing support for some populist parties relate to wider public attitudes. The Open Society Foundation asked RAND Europe to assess existing evidence and map reported intolerance over time and across western European countries. With support of the RAND Europe Council of Advisors, researchers are expanding the geographical scope of the original project to include non-EU15 countries.