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As the headquarters of RAND Europe—RAND's independently chartered European subsidiary—since 2006, the United Kingdom is a significant locus of RAND research. Areas of focus include health and education audits, defense studies, and the development of transportation demand models for national ministries and local councils.

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  • 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

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    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

  • 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

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    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

  • 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

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    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

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    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

  • A hand with a calculator against various European bills

    Project

    How Much Does Lack of Full EU Integration Cost?

    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.

    Sep 25, 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.

    Sep 23, 2014

  • A supporter of the 'Yes' campaign stands outside a polling station during the referendum on Scottish independence in Pitlochry, Scotland, September 18, 2014

    Commentary

    Will Scotland's Vote Spur Separatism in Asia?

    Scotland's vote could be a step toward disrupting the historical pattern of independence being won by force, not granted after a vote. This was the paradigm of the past, and it remains the paradigm of the present. But the vote in Scotland just might help set a new roadmap for the future.

    Sep 22, 2014

  • News Release

    Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Populations in England Report Poorer Health and Worse Experiences with Health Care

    Lesbian, gay, and bisexual women and men in England are more likely to suffer from poor health than the general population and are more likely to report unfavorable experiences with the health care they received in general practices.

    Sep 4, 2014

  • recreational swimming in a Bristol, UK, lake

    Content

    Identifying Health Risks Associated with Recreational Bathing Waters

    The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is considering a revision to its safety classifications for recreational waters, such as lakes, ponds, and beaches. RAND Europe and partners are identifying the health risks associated with varying degrees of pollution in different bodies of water.

    Aug 19, 2014

  • Medical workers pushing a patient on a stretcher through a hospital hallway

    Report

    The Changing Hospital Landscape

    In many countries, the nature of hospital activity is changing. Different forms of hospital cooperation, such as hospital groups, networks, or systems, may have different impacts on hospital performance. Consolidation may lead to quality improvements, but there are also risks.

    Aug 5, 2014

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    Project

    Providing Support to the 'Britain's Healthiest Company' Competition

    PruHealth has 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 will design and run the surveys, analyse results, and provide customised reports to participating companies.

    Jul 21, 2014

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    Phase 2 report from the payment by results Social Impact Bond pilot at HMP Peterborough

    This report is the second from the evaluation of the Social Impact Bond pilot at Peterborough prison. Based on stakeholder interviews it looks at the operation of the pilot over the last four years.

    Jul 18, 2014

  • Recovery freeway exit sign

    Project

    Evaluation of Drug and Alcohol "Payment by Results" Pilots

    RAND Europe is helping to conduct an independent evaluation of the UK Department of Health's drug and alcohol recovery payment-by-results pilots to determine whether market forces can encourage the development of better recovery programs.

    Jun 30, 2014

  • Cancer cells in petri dishes

    Project

    Estimating the Economic Returns on Cancer Research in the UK

    The UK government invests approximately £1.6 billion in medical research each year, and the British public donated £1.7 billion to medical research charities in 2012–13. This funding delivers health gains for patients and also benefits the UK economy at a 40 percent return annually.

    Jun 16, 2014

  • Report

    Investigating time lags and attribution in the translation of cancer research: A case study approach

    RAND Europe and HERG were asked by UK medical research funders to investigate returns to public/charitable investment in cancer research. This report details the five case studies conducted as part of this work and observations emerging across them.

    Jun 15, 2014

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