Current Research Projects

  • Research to Aid the Fight Against Cancer

    04 Feb 2016

    As part of the global fight against cancer, RAND Europe has led and collaborated on a number of studies exploring the impact of cancer research, the quality of care for cancer patients and the future outlook of different forms of cancer. Our findings and recommendations help inform future research, treatments and ultimately, care for cancer patients.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    22 Jan 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.

  • How to Increase Transparency, Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    19 Jan 2016

    The European Food Safety Authority asked RAND Europe to assess proposed transparency measures to determine which are most likely to be effective and what the impacts of their implementation would be.

  • Taking Stock of the Online Drugs Trade

    14 Jan 2016

    On behalf of the Dutch Research and Documentation Centre, RAND Europe is partnering on an effort to understand the scope and size of Internet drug trafficking, as well as what role the Netherlands may play.

  • Examining the Relationship Between Workplace Practices, Performance, and Well Being

    03 Dec 2015

    Researchers are investigating the link between different forms of work organisation and their association with establishment performance and workplace well-being, building on existing evidence provided by Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS 2013).

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

    02 Dec 2015

    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.

  • (How) Are Quality of Life Assessments Used During Cancer Treatment?

    01 Dec 2015

    Although quality of life considerations (QoL) are important for all cancer treatment, they may be particularly important when survival prospects are limited. RAND Europe is exploring whether, when, how, and what QoL assessment tools are used in the treatment and care of cancer patients.

  • Econometric Modelling Support to Link Research and Innovation to Jobs and Growth

    24 Nov 2015

    To improve policymakers' ability to model the impact of research and innovation reforms on jobs and growth across Europe, researchers are working to recalibrate the European Commission's QUEST III macroeconomic model.

  • Evaluating the Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

    20 Nov 2015

    To inform the direction and strategy of Q, an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, RAND Europe is evaluating the initiative and providing real-time feedback throughout its first year. The evaluation is focused on identifying problems and practical solutions.

  • Exploring Threats and Policy Responses to Cybersecurity in the European Union and Beyond

    18 Nov 2015

    A study of cybersecurity threats in the EU identified and assessed key threats and the challenges associated with their identification; cybersecurity capabilities in the EU and US; the current state of transnational cooperation; and perceptions of the effectiveness of the current EU response.

  • Updating the UK National Car Ownership Model

    03 Nov 2015

    The current UK car ownership model is known to over-predict car ownership in dense urban areas, particularly London. In re-estimating the UK's current car ownership models using more recent data, researchers aim to make improvements to the model specifications.

  • Evaluation of the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Older People's Programme

    02 Nov 2015

    An ongoing programme evaluation seeks to assess changes in hospital utilisation by older people in Southwark and Lambeth, following implementation of case management interventions, and whether the additional investment made through the programme has cost more or less than the savings made.

  • Forum Aims to Help Develop Comprehensive Response to Mediterranean Issues

    02 Nov 2015

    The overarching objective of the Mediterranean Foresight Forum (MFF) is to act as a policy shaping mechanism, connecting current political, social, economic and technological developments in the region with short-term policy agendas.

  • Developing a New Transport Model for South East Wales

    13 Oct 2015

    RAND Europe researchers are developing models capable of predicting levels of transport demand in South East Wales in response to a range of different policy options and in light of demographic changes.

  • Evaluating the EU’s Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance

    08 Oct 2015

    From research on new antimicrobials to surveillance and monitoring of AMR-related issues across the EU, an evaluation of the EU's 2011 Action Plan against AMR will assess both the impacts of the plan and how effectively it was implemented.

  • Evaluating the UK College of Policing's New Stop and Search Training

    30 Sep 2015

    An evaluation of new stop and search training introduced by the College of Policing aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the quality and nature of the training programme's implementation, the mechanisms of change, and the impact on officers' behaviour.

  • Examining Future Transport Scenarios to Drive Innovation in the UK

    18 Sep 2015

    The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. RAND Europe, in collaboration with Risk Solutions, explored how emerging technologies might make the transport system more efficient and effective by the year 2035.

  • Measuring Spillovers Between UK Public, Charity and Private Medical Research

    08 Sep 2015

    The King’s Policy Institute, the Office of Health Economics and RAND Europe are working together to develop the methodology for estimating how many pounds of pharmaceutical industry R&D is stimulated in the UK by an additional pound of public or charity spend on medical research.

  • Developing a Plan to Evaluate the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme

    08 Sep 2015

    To help NHS England improve its new Integrated Personal Commissioning programme, RAND Europe is defining a plan for the programme's evaluation and working with the nine demonstrator sites to ensure the needed data are collected.

  • Evaluating the Optimal Lengths of Prescription Plans

    31 Aug 2015

    A review of clinical and economic evidence, followed by economic modelling, will provide the National Institute for Health Research with a high-quality reference on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of 3 month vs 28 day prescriptions in patients with stable chronic diseases.

  • Calculating the Economic Returns of Musculoskeletal Research

    17 Aug 2015

    A team of researchers from RAND Europe, King’s College London and HERG is estimating the health and economic benefits of UK investment in medical research into musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Examining Misleading Online Free Trials and Subscription Traps Experienced by European Consumers

    23 Jul 2015

    RAND Europe, with GfK Belgium and time.lex, is examining the practice of European businesses offering misleading "free" trials online. The study is also analysing relevant EU legislation and will formulate recommendations to prevent and combat subscription traps.

  • Evaluating Telephone Triage in General Practice

    27 May 2015

    RAND Europe, as part of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, is conducting an independent evaluation of telephone triage in general practices, using a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data collection.

  • Research on Work and Wellbeing

    24 Apr 2015

    RAND Europe has undertaken numerous studies that look at the interface between employment and health and wellbeing in the workplace. Some common themes emerge from these pieces of work.

  • Reviewing Existing Methods to Measure Learning Gain in Higher Education

    21 Apr 2015

    RAND Europe is reviewing existing methods for capturing learning gain in higher education and analysing the form and rationale behind existing measures, including their merits and drawbacks. The research was commissioned by HEFCE, HEA and BIS.