Current Research Projects

  • Additive Manufacturing and Obsolescence Management for Defence

    30 Jul 2015

    To help defence policymakers understand the background and context regarding industrial 3-D printing and whether it could be useful for managing obsolescence in defence systems, RAND Europe is collecting and synthesising opinions of researchers in manufacturing and defence.

  • 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.

  • Tactical Approach to Counter Terrorists in Cities

    08 Jul 2015

    Addressing terrorist threats to urban spaces is a particularly challenging task in the current security climate. As one of the 11 research institutes participating in the project, RAND Europe is contributing to building a decision making framework that (i) supports security forces in responding more effectively to prevent attacks or (ii) limits the consequences of those attacks, with a particular interest in urban environments.

  • 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.

  • Assessing the Feasibility of Analysing Foreign Funding of Islamic Institutions

    13 Mar 2015

    The Netherlands Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) asked RAND Europe to assess the feasibility of conducting a full analysis of the size, scope and potential influence of foreign funding to Islamic institutions in the Netherlands.

  • Assessing the Use of Pooled Resource Approaches by Local Authorities in the UK

    12 Mar 2015

    To help establish a case for a new approach to public service transformation, the Local Government Association (LGA) sought a robust and compelling evidence base in support of what can be achieved for residents through using a ‘pooled resources’ approach.

  • 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.

  • Assessing the Impact of the Health Technology Assessment Programme

    05 Mar 2015

    The National Institutes of Health Research has commissioned RAND Europe to assess the impact of the Health Technology Assessment programme over the ten-year period from 2003 to 2013 and identify the benefits resulting from the research that the programme funded, focusing in particular on its impact on health policy, practice and patients.

  • 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.

  • Evaluation of the Nigerian Midwives Service Scheme: Barriers and Facilitators to Implementation

    05 Mar 2015

    The Better Obstetrics in Rural Nigeria (BORN) Study examines the effectiveness of the MSS. A nested qualitative study led by RAND Europe evaluated nine primary care clinics that appeared to be having differing success in terms of recruitment/retention of midwives and uptake of services.

  • 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.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Company' Competition

    20 Jan 2015

    RAND Europe continues to provide research support to Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Company. It was commissioned in partnership with the University of Cambridge to help run the competition, which gives awards to companies for the healthiest employees and work environment. RAND Europe’s role includes designing and running the surveys, analysing results, and providing customised reports to participating companies. The project’s central aims are to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of how companies can engage with the wellness of their employees.

  • 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.

  • Advising the Development of Public Health Guidelines to Delay Antimicrobial Resistance

    18 Dec 2014

    Researchers are reviewing the evidence of effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and qualitative evidence on changing risk-related behaviours pertaining to antimicrobial use to inform the development of Department of Health/NICE guidelines aimed at delaying antimicrobial resistance.

  • Innovation, Health and Wealth: A Formative and Summative Evaluation

    08 Dec 2014

    The Department of Health’s strategy for improving care and creating greater wealth through innovation, known as ‘Innovation, Health and Wealth’ (IHW), has the potential to systematically change the way the NHS operates. RAND Europe is evaluating whether and how IHW actions are working as planned, and contributing to achieving the strategy's overarching aims.

  • Mapping the UK’s Dementia Research Landscape and Workforce Capacity

    05 Dec 2014

    The number of people with dementia worldwide is predicted to rise threefold by 2050. An analysis of the UK's dementia research landscape and workforce capacity will help to inform research funding and capacity building efforts to ensure proper treatment, prevention, care, and greater scientific understanding of this condition.

  • Validating the Outcomes of the 'Science 2.0: Science in Transition' Public Consultation

    17 Nov 2014

    ‘Science 2.0’ describes the on-going evolution in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science in Europe. RAND Europe is reviewing the public consultation on this EU project and has developed an interactive website on which participants and interested individuals can comment on the validation process of the public consultation.

  • 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.