Current Research Projects

  • 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.

  • Exploring Threats and Policy Responses to Cybersecurity in the European Union and Beyond

    18 Nov 2015

    A study of cybersecurity threats in the EU identified and assessed key threats and the challenges associated with their identification; cybersecurity capabilities in the EU and US; the current state of transnational cooperation; and perceptions of the effectiveness of the current EU response.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Measuring Spillovers Between UK Public, Charity and Private Medical Research

    08 Sep 2015

    The King’s Policy Institute, the Office of Health Economics and RAND Europe are working together to develop the methodology for estimating how many pounds of pharmaceutical industry R&D is stimulated in the UK by an additional pound of public or charity spend on medical research.

  • 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, PIRU and HERG is seeking to identify the most important research-based interventions that have led to reduced morbidity and mortality from musculoskeletal disease and that have provided health gains over a 20-year period.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.