Current Research Projects

  • Defining and Demonstrating Teacher Quality and Impact for the TEF

    15 Apr 2016

    A literature review will examine existing research in the area of defining and demonstrating teaching quality and impact. This review will help practitioners, policy makers and researchers to focus more effectively on relevant questions, issues or sources of evidence to inform their own research or practice.

  • Evaluating the Accelerated Reader Scheme

    11 Apr 2016

    An evaluation of Renaissance Learning's AR scheme will explore whether the programme has a positive effect on the reading comprehension of randomly assigned pupils, particularly those who are eligible for free school meals.

  • Implementing the OECD Starting Strong Survey

    08 Apr 2016

    RAND Europe is leading the development of a survey for the OECD which aims to fill key international and national data gaps on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) staff, their professional development, teaching/playing, the ECEC environment and the impact that staff can have on children in their care.

  • Helping the NHS Evaluate and Promote the Health of its Workforce

    05 Apr 2016

    A comprehensive survey of staff health and wellbeing at a selection of NHS organisations will map in detail the physical and mental health of NHS staff as well as their perceptions of existing work-wellbeing initiatives and organisational culture.

  • Examining Human and Organisational Factors in Major Accident Prevention

    04 Apr 2016

    TOTAL has asked RAND Europe to draw on insights from industry experts and an extensive body of existing academic literature to indicate the types of initiatives that may limit the risk of accidents in the oil and gas industry.

  • Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    04 Apr 2016

    As part of a larger OECD effort, RAND Europe researchers will analyse the strengths and challenges of Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal and provide actionable policy recommendations and advice for implementing improvements.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    31 Mar 2016

    A research team from RAND Europe and several other organisations are evaluating the role of EU-funded R&D into poverty-related and neglected diseases, in particular examining contributions to achieving universal health coverage and improving population health in low and middle-income countries.

  • Investigating the Effects of the UK's National Minimum Wage

    30 Mar 2016

    The UK's Low Pay Commission has asked RAND Europe to combine the findings of numerous empirical studies to fill existing gaps in the evidence base on the national minimum wage and its effects on different labour market sub-groups.

  • Supporting the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT)

    30 Mar 2016

    To help FiMT identify potential research gaps, RAND Europe is conducting a systematic review to examine the existing evidence base of research on the families of ex-Servicemen and women across four thematic areas: family engagement, family breakdown, housing and spousal employment.

  • Assessing Health Services in Northern Ireland

    16 Mar 2016

    To help the OECD understand key elements of health and social care commissioning in Northern Ireland, researchers are assessing how effectively the population's needs are being met, the use of strategic planning, and how well the system incentivises high quality, value for money service provision.

  • Developing a New National Transport Model for the UK

    15 Mar 2016

    At the request of the Department for Transport, RAND Europe and Atkins are updating the UK's national transport model using current datasets. The project team may also suggest further enhancements to improve the forecasting functionality and/or consistency of the model.

  • Evaluating the Impact of Oxford's Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

    09 Mar 2016

    RAND Europe and the Office of Health Economics are evaluating the impact of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre on local commerce, academics, and hospital care.

  • RAND Europe Focus on Migration Issues

    18 Feb 2016

    At a time when migration policy is the subject of particular political and public attention, our ongoing work to evaluate the impact of grant-giving to civil society advocacy organisations working in the migration field has particular relevance.

  • Monitoring Open Science Trends in Europe

    10 Feb 2016

    To track Open Science trends in Europe and identify the main drivers, incentives and constraints on its evolution, RAND Europe is working with Deloitte, Observatoire des Sciences et des Technologies (OST), Altmetric and Digital Science to develop a web-based monitor.

  • Providing Medical Support to Light Footprint Operations

    09 Feb 2016

    Researchers are working to identify options for providing effective medical support to Light Footprint Operations and will define the technology, resources and skill sets necessary to achieve an appropriate level of support.

  • Research to Aid the Fight Against Cancer

    04 Feb 2016

    As part of the global fight against cancer, RAND Europe has led and collaborated on a number of studies exploring the impact of cancer research, the quality of care for cancer patients and the future outlook of different forms of cancer. Our findings and recommendations help inform future research, treatments and ultimately, care for cancer patients.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    22 Jan 2016

    RAND Europe continues to provide research support to Vitality’s Britain’s Healthiest Workplace. It was commissioned in partnership with the University of Cambridge to help run the competition, which gives awards to organisations 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 organisations. The project’s central aims are to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of how organisations can engage with the wellness of their employees.

  • How to Increase Transparency, Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    19 Jan 2016

    The European Food Safety Authority asked RAND Europe to assess proposed transparency measures to determine which are most likely to be effective and what the impacts of their implementation would be.

  • Taking Stock of the Online Drugs Trade

    14 Jan 2016

    On behalf of the Dutch Research and Documentation Centre, RAND Europe is partnering on an effort to understand the scope and size of Internet drug trafficking, as well as what role the Netherlands may play.

  • Examining the Relationship Between Workplace Practices, Performance, and Well Being

    03 Dec 2015

    Researchers are investigating the link between different forms of work organisation and their association with establishment performance and workplace well-being, building on existing evidence provided by Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS 2013).

  • Innovation in the NHS: Strategies for Future Sustainability and Impact

    02 Dec 2015

    To provide specific and actionable lessons and to help improve the innovation process, its outcomes, and impacts on population health, researchers from RAND Europe and the University of Manchester are exploring the different ways innovation occurs in National Health Service organisations.

  • 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.

  • Evaluating the Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

    20 Nov 2015

    To inform the direction and strategy of Q, an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, RAND Europe is evaluating the initiative and providing real-time feedback throughout its first year. The evaluation is focused on identifying problems and practical solutions.

  • 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.

  • Updating the UK National Car Ownership Model

    03 Nov 2015

    The current UK car ownership model is known to over-predict car ownership in dense urban areas, particularly London. In re-estimating the UK's current car ownership models using more recent data, researchers aim to make improvements to the model specifications.