Current Research Projects

  • 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.

  • Assessing the Feasibility of Analysing Foreign Funding of Islamic Institutions

    13 Mar 2015

    The Netherlands Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) asked RAND Europe to assess the feasibility of conducting a full analysis of the size, scope and potential influence of foreign funding to Islamic institutions in the Netherlands.

  • Assessing the Use of Pooled Resource Approaches by Local Authorities in the UK

    12 Mar 2015

    To help establish a case for a new approach to public service transformation, the Local Government Association (LGA) sought a robust and compelling evidence base in support of what can be achieved for residents through using a ‘pooled resources’ approach.

  • Innovative Medicines and Medical Technologies Review

    11 Mar 2015

    RAND Europe has been asked to support the on-going Innovative Medicines and Medical Technologies Review through conducting a study to examine international examples of accelerating the use of drugs, devices and diagnostics.

  • 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.

  • Assessing the Impact of the Health Technology Assessment Programme

    05 Mar 2015

    The National Institutes of Health Research has commissioned RAND Europe to assess the impact of the Health Technology Assessment programme over the ten-year period from 2003 to 2013 and identify the benefits resulting from the research that the programme funded, focusing in particular on its impact on health policy, practice and patients.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative's Capacity Building Activities in East Africa

    23 Feb 2015

    The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) helps to bridge the gap between scientific and technological potential and the needs of low income populations in low and middle income countries. RAND Europe is evaluating its capacity-building activities — including training, advocacy and broader community engagement activities — in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.

  • 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.

  • Advising the Development of Public Health Guidelines to Delay Antimicrobial Resistance

    18 Dec 2014

    Researchers are reviewing the evidence of effectiveness, cost effectiveness, and qualitative evidence on changing risk-related behaviours pertaining to antimicrobial use to inform the development of Department of Health/NICE guidelines aimed at delaying antimicrobial resistance.

  • 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.

  • Mapping the UK’s Dementia Research Landscape and Workforce Capacity

    05 Dec 2014

    The number of people with dementia worldwide is predicted to rise threefold by 2050. An analysis of the UK's dementia research landscape and workforce capacity will help to inform research funding and capacity building efforts to ensure proper treatment, prevention, care, and greater scientific understanding of this condition.

  • The Future of Anticoagulation to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

    21 Nov 2014

    To inform short and long term strategic and policy initiatives, RAND Europe is part of an initiative that aims to create an evidence base on the current reality of atrial fibrillation-related stroke management in Europe—with a particular focus on anticoagulation—as well as how this is likely to change over the near and medium terms.

  • 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.

  • Evaluating the Impact of the NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) Programme

    05 Nov 2014

    The i4i programme supports the development of innovative medical technologies and their translation into clinical practice. RAND Europe is evaluating i4i to identify its impacts and the factors influencing performance.

  • Mapping the Global Mental Health Research System

    03 Nov 2014

    To support the coordination of mental health research, RAND Europe is mapping the research funding ‘ecosystem’. Researchers are exploring who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support, and how their strategies relate to one another.

  • Understanding the Relative Valuations of Research Impact

    03 Nov 2014

    To contribute to the Medical Research Council's objective of funding studies that "deliver user/beneficiary views on the contribution of academic research and MRC input," researchers are refining and adapting a survey-based approach known as Best-Worst Scaling (BWS) to analyse the relative valuations of research impact as perceived by the general population and researchers.

  • Evaluating Atlantic Philanthropies' Migration Programme for Ireland

    28 Oct 2014

    European politics increasingly affect national asylum, immigration and integration law and practice in Ireland. Atlantic Philanthropies, which supports organisations in Ireland and in Europe that work on protection, immigration and integration issues, has asked RAND Europe to evaluate their migration programme to describe the programme’s achievements and inform ongoing and future work in this area.

  • Examining the Socioeconomic Inclusion of Migrant EU Workers

    21 Oct 2014

    RAND Europe and Ecorys are examining the challenges and opportunities of the socioeconomic inclusion of migrant EU workers and their families at local level. This project will provide the European Commission with information on these challenges and opportunities within the framework of EU regulations on the coordination of social security systems.

  • Exploring the Implementation of New Cardiovascular Risk Assessment Tools Across Europe

    16 Oct 2014

    As part of the pan-EU project EPIC-CVD, which aims to provide clinicians and policymakers with a range of evidence-based policy options for cost-effective, individualised risk assessment for cardiovascular disease, researchers are exploring options for the implementation of new cardiovascular risk assessment tools across Europe.

  • Evaluating the Impact of the European Programme for Integration and Migration

    13 Oct 2014

    The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is a €3 million collaborative initiative of 12 major foundations to improve integration of and outcomes for migrants in Europe through advocacy, capacity-building and policy change. EPIM has asked RAND Europe to evaluate the achievements and impacts of their work in 2012-2015, to ensure accountability and enable learning that can be acted on during the course of the programme.

  • Exploring the Links Between Big Data and Public Policy

    29 Sep 2014

    Understanding the context and impacts of the complex problems associated with big data, as well as related cultural and governance issues and policy frameworks, is important to businesses, governments, research organisations, citizens and policymakers. RAND Europe connects diverse strands across these areas.