Current Research Projects

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Evaluating Social Innovation Pilot Projects

    24 Jun 2014

    A series of social innovation pilot projects across Europe aim to support the growth of European social finance markets and the development of capacities within social business and young entrepreneurship. RAND Europe and Ecorys are evaluating these pilots and hosting a series of interactive workshops to encourage an exchange of experiences.

  • Cambridge Workers Surveyed about Quality of Life

    18 Jun 2014

    To better its understanding of what the typical employee of a Cambridge business feels about their current quality of life, Cambridge Ahead has asked RAND Europe to administer a survey targeted at the working population of Cambridge.

  • Mapping the Diversity of Employment Interventions in South Asia

    18 Jun 2014

    The World Bank has commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a stocktaking exercise to map the diversity of employment interventions in South Asia. In addition, RAND will conduct a scoping review of international evidence on the impact of interventions.

  • Modelling the Demand for Postal Products

    17 Jun 2014

    The UK postal market has changed significantly over recent years with the introduction of greater competition and the development of new postal products. Royal Mail has commissioned RAND Europe to undertake choice modelling research to gain a more detailed understanding of how business customers choose different products under current, and a range of possible future, market conditions.

  • Understanding Local Developments and Trends in Urban Street Gangs

    04 Jun 2014

    To improve understanding of how local experiences of street gangs may have changed recently, and to better understand the national gangs picture and the challenges and emerging threats facing local areas, the UK Home Office has commissioned RAND Europe to deliver research in 33 local areas which are part of the Ending Gang and Youth Violence programme.

  • Mapping and Engaging Diaspora Communities in the EU and US

    03 Jun 2014

    Diasporas are increasingly seen by policymakers as important actors who might serve as a bridge between their countries of origin and countries where they have settled. Seeking to further improve relationships with third countries, the EC commissioned RAND Europe and IZA to map diasporas in the EU and the US, to survey diasporas’ perspectives on and preferences for engagement with policymakers, and to deliver concrete recommendations for policymakers interested in working with diaspora groups.

  • Analysing the Reduction in First Time Entrants to the UK Youth Justice System

    23 May 2014

    The number of young Britons first entering the criminal justice system has seen a significant reduction since 2008. To gain a better understanding of the drivers of this decrease, researchers are analysing key datasets about young people in the UK criminal justice system to see how, if at all, the case mix of first time entrants has changed.

  • Advancing Community Hospitals and Services in the NHS: Learning from International Experiences

    22 May 2014

    At the interface between primary care and specialist care, community hospitals have the potential to play a major role in the management of acute and non-acute conditions. RAND Europe is collaborating with the University of Bournemouth to understand how the NHS can advance community hospitals and services in England, learning from comparable hospital models in other countries.

  • Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU) Supports Innovation in Health and Social Care Policy

    07 May 2014

    RAND Europe is one of five partners in the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU), which brings together leading health and social care expertise to improve evidence-based policy-making and its implementation across the National Health Service, social care and public health. The Department of Health has funded PIRU with the goal of strengthening early policy development by exploiting the best routine data and by subjecting initiatives to speedy, thorough evaluation.

  • Estimating the Value of Mobile Telephony in Mobile Network 'Not-Spots'

    25 Apr 2014

    Around 80,000 premises in the UK are located in areas without mobile phone coverage – referred to as “not-spots”. Researchers are estimating the social, economic and environmental impacts associated with eliminating mobile not-spot areas in England.

  • Improving Patient Experience in Primary Care

    05 Mar 2014

    The improving patient experience in primary care (IMPROVE) programme, a collaboration among RAND Europe, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Exeter, contains seven linked projects. The programme is exploring issues such as how practice teams respond to patient feedback from surveys, how GPs respond to individual patient feedback, use of real time patient feedback in GP practices, and understanding patients’ experiences of out of hours care.

  • Understanding Intolerance in Western Europe

    27 Jan 2014

    Intolerance based on ethnic, national, racial and religious grounds is an area of high public concern, but there is relatively little empirical research that provides an overview of how apparently rising hate crime and growing support for some populist parties relate to wider public attitudes. The Open Society Foundation asked RAND Europe to assess existing evidence and map reported intolerance over time and across western European countries. With support of the RAND Europe Council of Advisors, researchers are expanding the geographical scope of the original project to include non-EU15 countries.

  • Examining the Possible Consequences of Deliberate Attacks on Tankers

    23 Jan 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.

  • Evaluation of the Public Health Responsibility Deal

    31 Dec 2013

    The Public Health Responsibility Deal (RD) aims to bring together public sector, academic, commercial and voluntary organisations in the UK in public-private partnerships to help meet public health goals. Partners pledge to change their services or products in ways that are positive for consumers’ health. RAND Europe is contributing to an evaluation of the RD by examining international examples of similar interventions, from which learning can be drawn for the RD.

  • European Platform for Investing in Children Helps Identify 'Practices that Work' Across Member States

    03 Dec 2013

    RAND Europe has been commissioned to create and maintain the online European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC). Reflecting the European Commission’s policy focus on children at risk, EPIC collects, evaluates, and disseminates practices that improve outcomes for children. RAND applies a rigorous evaluation framework for the identification of effective, lasting, and transferable child policy practices in Europe.

  • Reviewing Quality of NAO Value for Money Reports

    28 Nov 2013

    The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has commissioned RAND Europe to do quality reviews of NAO value for money (VFM) reports and thematic reviews under a framework contract. NAO VFM reports are reviewed against a set of criteria for external quality assurance (QA) purposes, while thematic reviews cover a wider topic area. Building upon its strong QA processes, RAND Europe set up a process to provide objective and independent analysis of VFM reports and reviews.

  • Scoping the Impact of EU Membership on UK Health Research

    12 Nov 2013

    To help frame the debate on future EU membership in the context of UK health research, RAND Europe is assessing the benefits and burdens of membership. This research, for the Department of Health, will not only focus on funding, but also look at other aspects such as research environment, network effects, and knowledge spillovers. The project will include a series of scenario-based workshops to explore future impact of EU funding.

  • Evaluating the Submission Process for the Research Excellence Framework's Impact Element

    11 Nov 2013

    To formulate evidence-based conclusions and recommendations for improving the processes of preparing submissions for impact assessment, the higher education funding councils for England, Scotland and Wales have asked RAND Europe to work with a sample of higher education institutions to evaluate the submission process for the impact element of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

  • Evaluating Atlantic Philanthropies' Migration Programme for Ireland

    29 Oct 2013

    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.