Current Research Projects

  • 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.

  • Understanding the Factors Associated with Academic Underachievement

    15 Sep 2014

    The Department for Education has asked researchers to determine whether currently-available proxies for socio-economic deprivation compare to the rich measures of socio-economic circumstances in terms of their power to predict pupils’ underachievement.

  • 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.

  • Can Social Impact Bonds Breathe New Life into Public Services?

    22 Jul 2014

    RAND Europe is evaluating the world's first Social Impact Bond (SIB), an innovative payment-by-results mechanism allowing private investors to fund public services which, if effective, will provide a return on this investment. Implemented in a prison in Peterborough in 2011, the SIB aims to reduce reoffending by prisoners who have served short custodial sentences. Midterm findings indicate it has been successful in reducing reoffending by prisoners who have served short custodial sentences.

  • 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.

  • Mapping the Diversity of Employment Interventions in South Asia

    18 Jun 2014

    The World Bank has commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a stocktaking exercise to map the diversity of employment interventions in South Asia. In addition, RAND will conduct a scoping review of international evidence on the impact of interventions.

  • 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.

  • Understanding Local Developments and Trends in Urban Street Gangs

    04 Jun 2014

    To improve understanding of how local experiences of street gangs may have changed recently, and to better understand the national gangs picture and the challenges and emerging threats facing local areas, the UK Home Office has commissioned RAND Europe to deliver research in 33 local areas which are part of the Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme.

  • 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.

  • Evaluation of the Public Health Responsibility Deal

    31 Dec 2013

    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.

  • European Platform for Investing in Children Helps Identify 'Practices that Work' Across Member States

    03 Dec 2013

    RAND Europe has been commissioned to create and maintain the online European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC). Reflecting the European Commission’s policy focus on children at risk, EPIC collects, evaluates, and disseminates practices that improve outcomes for children. RAND applies a rigorous evaluation framework for the identification of effective, lasting, and transferable child policy practices in Europe.

  • Reviewing Quality of NAO Value for Money Reports

    28 Nov 2013

    The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has commissioned RAND Europe to do quality reviews of NAO value for money (VFM) reports and thematic reviews under a framework contract. NAO VFM reports are reviewed against a set of criteria for external quality assurance (QA) purposes, while thematic reviews cover a wider topic area. Building upon its strong QA processes, RAND Europe set up a process to provide objective and independent analysis of VFM reports and reviews.

  • Evaluating the EC Communication on Combating HIV/AIDS

    16 Oct 2013

    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

    16 Oct 2013

    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.

  • 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.