Current Research Projects

  • Updating the Study on the Development of a European Cyber Defence Centre

    14 Mar 2017

    RAND Europe was asked to provide an update to the study on an EU Cyber Defence Centre for Common Security & Defence Policy crisis management operations. The project focuses specifically on education, training, evaluation and exercises in support of the European Defence Action Plan and wider EU cyber defence and cybersecurity programmes.

  • Examining Growth-Enhancing Synergies between EU and National Budgets

    10 Mar 2017

    Researchers are analysing EU- and national-level budgetary data and past EU recommendations to explore synergies between EC fiscal and economic policy priorities and the contribution of the EU and national budgets.

  • Examining the Setup and Management of Border Security Research In and Outside Europe

    09 Mar 2017

    To speed European translation of border security research to field deployment, RAND Europe is benchmarking how the US, Canada, Australia, and individual EU member states conduct and integrate border security research.

  • Understanding the Forces Influencing EDA Innovation

    06 Mar 2017

    Researchers are carrying out a study to address and analyse the innovation strategy environment, identify best practices and propose appropriate organisational structures for an EDA-led innovation platform for defence.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    16 Feb 2017

    Now in its fifth year, Vitality's annual Britain's Healthiest Workplace contest continues to receive research support from RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge. RAND Europe’s role includes designing and running 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.

  • Evaluation of the Dutch Defence Cyber Strategy

    01 Feb 2017

    A highly effective defence cyber strategy is vital for national and international organisations in safeguarding and increasing the effectiveness of their defence capabilities and enhancing their own cyber resilience. The Dutch Ministry of Defence has thus asked RAND Europe and VKA to evaluate its strategy.

  • Developing a Protocol for the Evaluation of ECDC Disease Programmes

    01 Feb 2017

    The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control is planning a future evaluation of its seven ECDC Disease Programmes and has asked RAND Europe to establish a common protocol for the evaluation.

  • Exploring and Communicating the Value of Health Data

    30 Jan 2017

    To better understand the value of different types of health data, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations has asked RAND Europe to conduct a targeted rapid evidence review of current insights on the topic.

  • Evaluation of the Southern Cluster Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguards

    19 Jan 2017

    UEC vanguards were established to improve the coordination of NHS emergency services, direct urgent cases to the most appropriate provider, and reduce pressure on accident & emergency departments. RAND Europe is evaluating the UEC vanguards' new care models to determine their impact and possible scalability.

  • Supporting the Evaluation of Age UK's Integrated Care Programme

    18 Jan 2017

    Age UK is defining the plans for future evaluations of its Integrated Care Programme, which brings together voluntary organisations and health and care services to provide personalised support for older people. Research by RAND Europe will help to inform those evaluation plans.

  • Reviewing the Hong Kong Research Grants Council

    06 Jan 2017

    The Hong Kong University Grants Committee has appointed RAND Europe to help with the initial phase of a review of the Research Grants Council, to ensure funding is used and managed efficiently and meets the needs of Hong Kong.

  • The Contribution of UK Public Health Research to Clinical Guidelines

    06 Jan 2017

    The Department of Health commissioned RAND Europe to measure and characterise the contribution of UK public health research to UK clinical guidelines. The project team was also asked to carry out a comparison with other areas of healthcare and across different areas of public health such as smoking, alcohol abuse, skin cancers, physical activity and obesity

  • RAND Europe Focus on HIV/AIDS

    30 Nov 2016

    Policy responses and decision making around HIV/AIDS must be informed by rigorous analysis. With funding and support from a range of public and private organisations, RAND Europe has conducted a number of studies examining and evaluating HIV/AIDS research, prevention and treatment strategies.

  • ImpactFinder Helps Universities Measure the Impact of their Research

    20 Nov 2016

    Since 2014, UK Higher Education Funding Councils have used the Research Excellence Framework to assess the quality and impact of a university's research before providing further funding. ImpactFinder helps universities manage their research funding submissions and identify and review impact case studies.

  • Defining and Demonstrating Teacher Quality and Impact

    18 Nov 2016

    A review of existing literature on defining and demonstrating ‘quality teaching’ and measuring its impact in higher education mainly found opinion pieces based on secondary, documentary analysis rather than rigorous comparison group studies. This was a significant weakness in this field of research.

  • Supporting Brazilian Regulation to Encourage Private Investment

    10 Nov 2016

    Regulatory frameworks enable a business environment that encourages private investment. Researchers are preparing a roadmap for logistics infrastructure investments for the Brazilian Ministries of Planning and Finance.

  • Understanding Researcher Mobility

    08 Nov 2016

    The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, asked RAND Europe to help develop a better understanding of researcher mobility patterns and drivers, with a particular focus on mobility to and from the UK.

  • Exploring Community-Based Social Innovations (CBSIs) for Healthy Ageing

    08 Nov 2016

    Researchers are examining how CBSIs are functioning across a number of rapidly ageing countries. Documenting the policies, programmes and health system factors underpinning their success will help to ensure greater sustainability and integration of services.

  • Evaluating Digital Feedback in Primary Maths

    04 Nov 2016

    The Kyra School Alliance seeks to maximise the impact of teachers’ feedback on pupils’ outcome through the use of video. Researchers are conducting an efficiency trial of this intervention along with a process evaluation to understand how the intervention improves pupil outcomes.

  • RCT to Evaluate the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants Programme

    03 Nov 2016

    Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) aims to develop ways in which UK teaching assistants can improve students’ outcomes. An efficacy randomised control trial will evaluate whether, under ideal conditions, the programme has a positive impact.

  • Mapping MOOCs4Inclusion

    01 Nov 2016

    As part of the MOOCs4Inclusion research team, RAND Europe is contributing to a literature review to identify recent research on the use of free digital learning by migrants and refugees in the EU and neighbouring countries.

  • Reforming NATO's Cyber Acquisition Process

    26 Oct 2016

    NATO's cyber acquisition process must be adaptive, capable of attracting new entrants and incorporating new technologies. This project aims to define the challenges NATO faces in adjusting its cyber capability development and acquisition processes and make recommendations on how to address them.

  • Focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    06 Oct 2016

    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.

  • Understanding How Organisations Ensure Fair Decision Making

    30 Sep 2016

    The General Medical Council has asked RAND Europe to identify relevant lessons from multiple sectors in the UK where professionals make complex, high-impact decisions in a regulatory context. Researchers are investigating the tools, practices and processes used by organisations in the healthcare regulation, legal regulation and defence and security sectors.

  • What Does the Hidden Web Reveal About Illegal Arms Trade in Europe?

    15 Sep 2016

    The illegal arms trade in Europe is proliferating. RAND Europe is examining what role the hidden web plays in fuelling and facilitating this criminal trade.