Current Research Projects

  • 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.

  • Evaluating the Assessment Process for the Impact Element of REF 2014

    20 Nov 2014

    Following RAND Europe's evaluation of the Research Excellence Framework submission process, the four UK higher education funding bodies have commissioned an evaluation of the assessment process for the impact element of the REF 2014.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How Much Does Lack of Full EU Integration Cost?

    25 Sep 2014

    An analysis of the current state of play in the European free movement of goods allowed researchers to quantify costs due to a lack of full integration, drawing special attention to two sectors of the European economy: the construction materials sector and the medical devices sectors.

  • Examining Staff Experience, Knowledge, and Views of Self-Inflicted Deaths of Young Adults in Custody

    23 Sep 2014

    To inform Lord Harris’s Review into Self-inflicted Deaths in NOMS Custody amongst 18-24 year olds, RAND Europe and the Prisons Research Centre and Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge have been commissioned to study staff experience and knowledge of prevention techniques.

  • Using Emergency Department Data for Crime Prevention

    23 Sep 2014

    Data sharing among emergency departments and law enforcement is known to reduce crime. Researchers are developing guidance for police practitioners in England and Wales on available hospital data and its potential uses, as well as on how to establish and maintain data-sharing partnerships with NHS partners.

  • Understanding the Factors Associated with Academic Underachievement

    15 Sep 2014

    The Department for Education has asked researchers to determine whether currently-available proxies for socio-economic deprivation compare to the rich measures of socio-economic circumstances in terms of their power to predict pupils’ underachievement.

  • Evaluating Offender Liaison and Diversion Trial Schemes

    12 Sep 2014

    Researchers are evaluating a new model of liaison and diversion (L&D) schemes, which aim to improve early identification of a range of health vulnerabilities among people passing through the UK youth or adult criminal justice system.

  • Assessing the Public Perception of Security and Privacy in Europe

    10 Sep 2014

    Security technologies and related measures are implemented to mitigate likely risks from terrorist attacks and other threats, but these technologies and measures may compete with privacy and civil liberties. RAND Europe is participating in PACT, a 3-year EU-funded research project to assess existing knowledge about the relation between security and privacy; collect empirical evidence through a pan-European survey; and analyze the main factors that affect how the public perceives the security and privacy implications of security technology.

  • IMPACT Europe Explores 'What Works' in Tackling Violent Radicalisation

    22 Aug 2014

    IMPACT Europe aims to bring together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers to explore how violent radicalisation can be countered and what works best. RAND Europe is a partner in this European Commission project.

  • Paving the way for policy initiatives to fight against organised crime

    12 Aug 2014

    Organised crime poses a threat to the security and freedom of European citizens and impacts the lives of people worldwide. RAND Europe is examining whether and how the EU Council Framework Decision on Organised Crime has been transposed by Member States, and identifying the added value of the Decision and other regulatory and operational EU and national measures in the fight against organised crime.

  • Examining the Possible Consequences of Deliberate Attacks on Tankers

    29 Jul 2014

    Maritime terrorism and piracy pose a security threat to tanker transportation around the world. The European Commission (DG MOVE) has commissioned RAND Europe to lead a study on the possible consequences of a deliberate attack against liquefied natural gas, oil and chemical tankers. The study considers a range of potential threat scenarios and seeks to inform discussion on effective mitigation strategies in the face of these threats.

  • Can Social Impact Bonds Breathe New Life into Public Services?

    22 Jul 2014

    RAND Europe is evaluating the world's first Social Impact Bond (SIB), an innovative payment-by-results mechanism allowing private investors to fund public services which, if effective, will provide a return on this investment. Implemented in a prison in Peterborough in 2011, the SIB aims to reduce reoffending by prisoners who have served short custodial sentences. Midterm findings indicate it has been successful in reducing reoffending by prisoners who have served short custodial sentences.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Company' Competition

    21 Jul 2014

    PruHealth commissioned RAND Europe, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, to provide research support to Britain’s Healthiest Company (BHC), a competition that rewards companies that have the healthiest employees and work environment. RAND Europe designed and ran the 2014 survey, analysed results, and provided customised reports to participating companies. BHC’s central aims are to gain a better understanding of how companies can engage with the wellness of their employees.

  • Examining the Feasibility of Time-of-Day Tolls to Reduce Congestion

    14 Jul 2014

    To reduce traffic along a heavily congested Texas toll road, researchers are using stated preference surveys and discrete choice models to understand how motorists will respond to alternative time-of-day pricing policies.

  • Investigating Social Impact Bonds for Health and Social Care

    10 Jul 2014

    To help the Department of Health to determine the value-added and feasibility of social impact bonds, researchers are exploring whether SIBs help achieve better health and social care outcomes, and what the costs and challenges are of using these funding mechanisms.