Current Research Projects

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    08 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

    06 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

    03 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

    02 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.

  • Analysing the Value for Money of EU Programme Funding for Democracy and Rule of Law

    16 May 2016

    The Committee on Budgetary Control of the European Parliament commissioned RAND Europe to conduct an analytical study on the value for money of EU programmes to support democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

  • Working Towards a Globalised Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

    06 May 2016

    UN-sponsored research is examining the concerns and challenges experienced by those Member States not already party to the ATT, particularly in South and South-East Asia.

  • Defining and Demonstrating Teacher Quality and Impact

    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.

  • 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.

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

    30 Mar 2016

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.