Current Research Projects

  • Evaluation of the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Older People's Programme

    02 Nov 2015

    An ongoing programme evaluation seeks to assess changes in hospital utilisation by older people in Southwark and Lambeth, following implementation of case management interventions, and whether the additional investment made through the programme has cost more or less than the savings made.

  • Forum Aims to Help Develop Comprehensive Response to Mediterranean Issues

    02 Nov 2015

    The overarching objective of the Mediterranean Foresight Forum (MFF) is to act as a policy shaping mechanism, connecting current political, social, economic and technological developments in the region with short-term policy agendas.

  • Developing a New Transport Model for South East Wales

    13 Oct 2015

    RAND Europe researchers are developing models capable of predicting levels of transport demand in South East Wales in response to a range of different policy options and in light of demographic changes.

  • Evaluating the EU’s Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance

    08 Oct 2015

    From research on new antimicrobials to surveillance and monitoring of AMR-related issues across the EU, an evaluation of the EU's 2011 Action Plan against AMR will assess both the impacts of the plan and how effectively it was implemented.

  • Evaluating the UK College of Policing's New Stop and Search Training

    30 Sep 2015

    An evaluation of new stop and search training introduced by the College of Policing aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the quality and nature of the training programme's implementation, the mechanisms of change, and the impact on officers' behaviour.

  • Examining Future Transport Scenarios to Drive Innovation in the UK

    17 Sep 2015

    The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. RAND Europe, in collaboration with Risk Solutions, explored how emerging technologies might make the transport system more efficient and effective by the year 2035.

  • Developing a Plan to Evaluate the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme

    08 Sep 2015

    To help NHS England improve its new Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, RAND Europe is defining a plan for the programme's evaluation and working with the nine demonstrator sites to ensure the needed data are collected.

  • Evaluating the Optimal Lengths of Prescription Plans

    31 Aug 2015

    A review of clinical and economic evidence, followed by economic modelling, will provide the National Institute for Health Research with a high-quality reference on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of 3 month vs 28 day prescriptions in patients with stable chronic diseases.

  • 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.

  • Evaluating Telephone Triage in General Practice

    27 May 2015

    RAND Europe, as part of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, is conducting an independent evaluation of telephone triage in general practices, using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data collection.

  • Research on Work and Wellbeing

    24 Apr 2015

    RAND Europe has undertaken numerous studies that look at the interface between employment and health and wellbeing in the workplace. Some common themes emerge from these pieces of work.

  • Reviewing Existing Methods to Measure Learning Gain in Higher Education

    21 Apr 2015

    RAND Europe is reviewing existing methods for capturing learning gain in higher education and analysing the form and rationale behind existing measures, including their merits and drawbacks. The research was commissioned by HEFCE, HEA and BIS.

  • Examining Alternatives to Coercive Sanctions for Drug Law Offences and Drug-Related Crime

    23 Mar 2015

    RAND Europe, in collaboration with Professor Alex Stevens of the University of Kent, is conducting a study on alternatives to coercive sanctions for drug law offences and drug-related crime. These alternatives may include diversion from prosecution into drug treatment or education programmes, drug treatment ordered by a court as an alternative to a custodial sentence, and early release from prison to undertake treatment.

  • Alice-Rap Reframes European Approach to Addiction

    17 Mar 2015

    RAND Europe is leading a research area within the Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe – Reframing Addictions Project, a 5-year EU project to help policymakers rethink approaches to the human and economic costs of addictions by weaving the work of over 150 scientists in 25 countries into an integrated evidence base.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.