Current Research Projects

  • RAND Europe Focus on HIV/AIDS

    29 Nov 2016

    Policy responses and decisionmaking 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.

  • Defining and Demonstrating Teacher Quality and Impact

    17 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

    09 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.

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

    07 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

    03 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

    02 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.

  • Reforming NATO's Cyber Acquisition Process

    25 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.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    30 Sep 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.

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

    14 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.

  • Contributing to 'What Works Wellbeing'

    05 Sep 2016

    The What Works Centre for Wellbeing help communities, business and people make better decisions to improve wellbeing. RAND Europe is producing a guide to evidence review methods and also conducting multiple systematic reviews to help the centre.

  • Developing a Toolbox for the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre Maturity Model

    16 Aug 2016

    The Cyber Security Capability Maturity Model allows organisations to map and assess maturity to achieve a healthy and resilient national cyber ecosystem. A new toolbox will aim to help policymakers identify priority areas for intervention to strengthen cyber capabilities.

  • Analysing the Impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    05 Aug 2016

    Public Health England has commissioned an analysis of the take-up and impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter; the end product will include a set of case studies to help strengthen and expand the evidence base that underpins the Charter.

  • Evaluating the EU Drugs Strategy, 2013-2020

    29 Jul 2016

    To ensure that the objectives of the EU Drugs Strategy are achieved by 2020, researchers are highlighting the areas where progress has been achieved and those where further work is needed.

  • Evaluating Sentencing Council Guidelines for Drug and Theft Offences

    20 Jun 2016

    The Sentencing Council has asked RAND Europe to assess whether sentencing guidelines for specific drug and theft offences in England and Wales have an impact on sentencing outcomes and whether there are any issues with their implementation.

  • Exploring the Hybrid Governance of Cyberspace

    15 Jun 2016

    The governance of cyberspace could plausibly develop in one of at least two ways: instrumental 'governance by design' on the one hand and evolutionary 'governance by practice' on the other. RAND Europe was commissioned by Microsoft to address the question of whether norms can be governed and if so, how.

  • Would the EU Benefit from Common Liability Rules for Autonomous Vehicles?

    14 Jun 2016

    Researchers are exploring potential impacts of AVs on European car manufacturers, the insurance industry, connected industries and markets, and those who provide public provision of services and supervise compliance.

  • Evaluating the Improving Flow Programme

    07 Jun 2016

    To help improve patient flow through the healthcare system, researchers are evaluating a novel programme that applies team coaching skills and improvement science at the care pathway level.

  • Pre-Evaluation of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) Programme

    05 Jun 2016

    A scoping exercise will help plan and prepare for a more systematic and complete evaluation of the Health Innovation Network's Communities of Practice, while also providing immediate evidence to help CoPs improve their effectiveness.

  • Exploring Funding Options for the NHS and Social Care in the UK

    02 Jun 2016

    To improve the quality of debate on the long-term funding of health and social care in the four countries of the UK, the Health Foundation has commissioned RAND Europe to carry out research on the public acceptability of different funding models.

  • Using Ambulance Data for Injury Surveillance

    01 Jun 2016

    West Midlands Police, with support from RAND Europe, the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is evaluating the use of ambulance data to support injury surveillance and violence reduction.

  • Updating the 'Vitality Age' Calculator

    01 Jun 2016

    The Vitality Age Calculator is an online tool that gives users a ‘snapshot’ of their overall health based on lifestyle choices and clinical factors. RAND Europe is helping Vitality UK to update their underlying calculations.

  • Evaluating the Accelerated Reader Scheme

    10 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

    07 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

    04 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.