Science, Technology & Innovation Research

European societies expect science, technology and innovation to promote economic growth and improved wellbeing. Research alone is insufficient. Its translation into discoveries of new processes, services and products is vital. And evaluation of the impact of scientific and social sciences research can lead to better funding decisions.

The factors that lead to innovation are complex and evolve. We use evidence to untangle complexity, recognise connections, and open channels for new thought. Our research aims to maximise the gains that science, technology and innovation can bring to society and the economy.

Featured Research

  • How Can Research Be Evaluated?

    Because of the growing demand for transparency and accountability in research evaluation, researchers developed a comprehensive list of evaluation tools and techniques and explained when each might be most useful and why. They then offered a list of 100 ideas for metrics that can be used to assess and communicate the value of biomedical research.

Selected Research

  • Accounting for Missing Data in the Second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England

    08 Jan 2017

    The Department for Education commissioned RAND Europe to provide a statistically robust, unbiased, and consistent approach to account for missing Key Stage 2 data in the LSYPE2 cohort. The final report balances the need for practical solutions for analysts with the desire to exhaustively explore options for dealing with the missing data.

  • ImpactFinder Helps Universities Measure the Impact of their Research

    20 Nov 2016

    Since 2014, UK Higher Education Funding Councils have used the Research Excellence Framework to assess the quality and impact of a university's research before providing further funding. ImpactFinder helps universities manage their research funding submissions and identify and review impact case studies.

  • Understanding Researcher Mobility

    07 Nov 2016

    The Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, asked RAND Europe to help develop a better understanding of researcher mobility patterns and drivers, with a particular focus on mobility to and from the UK.

  • 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.

  • Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK

    03 Oct 2016

    Insights from Internet of Things (IoT) implementations and informed users of technology led researchers to support a process for policy feedback that can inform IoT development and adoption in the UK.

  • Case Studies Show Oxford AHSN Adds Value

    19 Sep 2016

    An evaluation of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) found that it is capable of promoting high quality care and delivering projects which improve patient outcomes at a cost that appears to represent good value for money.

  • 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.

  • 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.