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From education, energy security, immigration, and health care to information technology, justice, and security policy, Europe faces myriad challenges in the 21st century. RAND research has long tackled similar problems facing the United States, and for 20 years, RAND Europe has applied its analytical expertise in these areas to public- and private-sector clients throughout Europe.

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, December 18, 2014

    Commentary

    How Russia Can Recover from Its Economic and Strategic Decline

    Few expect that Moscow will cede Crimea or end its opposition to NATO expansion anytime soon. But Russia can still begin to reverse its strategic decline. Expanding opportunities for Russia's people, reforming the economy, and improving relations with neighbors are the way forward.

    Dec 24, 2014

  • Journal Article

    Integrating the Use of Patient-Reported Outcomes for Both Clinical Practice and Performance Measurement: Views of Experts from 3 Countries

    The patient-reported outcome (PRO) is a standardized method for measuring patients' views of their health status.

    Dec 23, 2014

  • A prisoner, behind bars

    Commentary

    A Grim Choice: The Attempted Rescue of Hostages

    Many described the attempt to rescue Luke Somers from al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen as “botched,” suggesting it was badly or carelessly planned or executed. “Desperate” may be more apt. Such measures aren't undertaken without a grim calculus weighing the chances of success against a range of other outcomes, most of which involve the hostages' doom.

    Dec 19, 2014

  • Addenbrooke's Hospital Accident & Emergency department entrance

    Project

    Using Emergency Department Data for Crime Prevention

    Data sharing among emergency departments and law enforcement is known to reduce crime. RAND Europe 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.

    Dec 19, 2014

  • Scientists filling test tubes in a laboratory

    Commentary

    Measuring Impact: How Australia and the UK Are Tackling Research Assessment

    The UK is the first country to attempt to allocate funding based on the wider societal impact of research, and in 2012, a subset of higher education institutions in Australia ran a small-scale pilot exercise to assess impact and understand the potential challenges of the process. What can be learned by comparing the UK and Australian approaches?

    Dec 8, 2014

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a speech at the lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Nov. 26, 2014, during which she accuses Russia of violating international law with its interventions in Ukraine and said resolving the conflict would require patience

    Commentary

    The Greatest Challenge to U.S.-European Security Cooperation Today: The Ukraine Crisis

    Germany and America are leading Western policy in addressing the Russia-Ukraine crisis. The basic strategy is to support Ukraine and pressure Moscow to halt aggression, while leaving the door open to diplomacy. Sustaining Western unity is essential, but may not be easy to achieve.

    Dec 8, 2014

  • Doctor holding a tablet

    Project

    Innovation, Health and Wealth: A Formative and Summative Evaluation

    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.

    Dec 8, 2014

  • Illustration of Alzheimer's Disease

    Project

    Mapping the UK’s Dementia Research Landscape and Workforce Capacity

    The number of people with dementia worldwide is predicted to rise from 36 million in 2010 to 115m in 2050. The need for treatment, prevention, better care, and greater scientific understanding of this condition is urgent. The Alzheimer’s Society has commissioned RAND Europe to analyse the UK’s dementia research landscape and workforce capacity. The evidence base from this research should help inform research funding and capacity-building efforts.

    Dec 5, 2014

  • Journal Article

    A Case of Partial Convergence: The Europeanization of Central Government in Central and Eastern Europe

    This article compares the Europeanization of central government in four Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs): Estonia, Latvia, Poland, and Slovakia.

    Dec 5, 2014

  • Architects holding blueprint and tape measure

    Commentary

    A Competitive Landscape for Providing Services Is an Opportunity for Evidence-Building, but Who Will Benefit?

    In a tight fiscal climate the UK government has been an innovator in ways to fund and deliver effective public services. New funding arrangements present opportunities for developing the evidence base for policy and practice, since they are associated with different types of service providers.

    Dec 2, 2014

  • pills and coins

    Report

    International variation in drug usage: An exploratory analysis of the "causes" of variation

    The report explores possible causes that might explain observed international variations in the usage of medicines for 5 disease areas in 13 high-income countries, assessing evidence for dementia, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes and hepatitis C.

    Nov 27, 2014

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks to the media after talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in August 2014

    Commentary

    Putting Putin in His Place

    Developing an effective and sustainable strategy to deal with the multi-layered problem that Putin's Russia has created requires deterring Russia while also engaging it. The U.S. and Europe should have confidence that they are up to the task.

    Nov 26, 2014

  • Georgia's President Georgy Margvelashvili waves while flanked by Prime Minister Irakly Garibashvili (2nd L), Parliament speaker David Usupashvili (R) and Patriarch Ilia II during celebrations for the signing of an association agreement with the EU in June 2014

    Commentary

    Rough and Tumble of Building Democracy in Georgia

    Leadership squabbles and instincts for retribution are testing Georgia's democracy. If leaders do not come together to strengthen the political system and governance, Georgia's future could hang in the balance.

    Nov 26, 2014

  • Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev meets with U.S. President Barack Obama during a nuclear security summit in April 2010

    Commentary

    Celebrating the Success of Project Sapphire

    Twenty years ago this week, the United States transported over 600 kilograms of at-risk, weapons-usable highly enriched uranium (HEU) from Kazakhstan to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for safekeeping. Kazakhstan had the courage to trust its new relationship with the U.S. to help prevent the proliferation of dangerous material to countries that might seek to build nuclear weapons.

    Nov 21, 2014

  • Female doctor with stethoscope, holding stylized heart

    Project

    The Future of Anticoagulation to Treat Atrial Fibrillation

    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 (3-5 years) and medium (20-25 years) terms.

    Nov 21, 2014

  • A boy playing with Cuisenaire rods

    Commentary

    The Time Is Ripe for Evidence-Based Child Policy in the UK

    Today marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain. Even in the UK there are still children who live in poverty and inequality, who experience violence, and who are not afforded rights on par with their peers.

    Nov 20, 2014

  • rainbow paint explosion

    Project

    Evaluating the Assessment Process for the Impact Element of Research Excellence Framework 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.

    Nov 20, 2014

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    Project

    Assessing the Value of Mounted Police Units in the UK

    Mounted police have been part of British policing for the better part of two centuries but little was known about their work from an academic or practitioner standpoint. RAND Europe helped to investigate both quantitative and qualitative indicators relating to the value of mounted police in various deployment scenarios, in an effort to understand how members of the public perceive and respond to mounted police deployments.

    Nov 19, 2014

  • Mounted police outside Buckingham Palace

    Report

    Assessing the Value of Mounted Police Units in the UK

    Research in the UK shows demonstrable and measurable value of mounted police in various deployment scenarios, but the decision to maintain, expand or cut mounted capacity must be based on the priorities a police force sets within limited and contracting budgets.

    Nov 18, 2014

  • Report

    Venture Research: Fostering trust and freedom in research funding

    We describe BP's Venture Research Unit, a funding initiative in 1980-1990 that targeted researchers with radical ideas. This report is based on the books Pioneering Research and Scientific Freedom by Donald Braben, who ran the programme.

    Nov 13, 2014