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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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  • Dawn breaks behind the Houses of Parliament and the statue of Winston Churchill in Westminster, London, Britain, June 24, 2016

    Commentary

    The Future of Transatlantic Security

    Without the U.K., the E.U.'s military and defense capabilities — including in key areas such as strategic lift, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, and special forces — are considerably reduced.

    Jun 28, 2016

  • A group of people collaborating

    Commentary

    What Can We Learn from High-Performing Research Units?

    Central characteristics of high-performing research units are the high quality of the people and the culture and values displayed within the department, which is often a result of leadership. It is also interesting to explore their differences, such as what makes a unit particularly good at having impact versus producing high-quality publications.

    Jun 28, 2016

  • Double decker bus going by Big Ben and Parliament in London, UK

    Commentary

    Looking Out the Window to Transport in 2035

    The UK's roads, railways, and airports are some of the most congested in the world. An exploration of future transport scenarios and the key technologies that will drive them helps to guide today's policy and investment decisions.

    Jun 27, 2016

  • Autonomous self-driving driverless vehicle with radar on the road

    Project

    Examining Future Transport Scenarios to Drive Innovation in the UK

    Photo by martialred/Fotolia The UK’s roads, railways and airports are some of the most congested in the world. In the past, countries have addressed such problems with additional infrastructure investment. But this strategy has its limits: land is finite, government resources are constrained, and study after ...

    Jun 24, 2016

  • Red bus passing over Westminster bridge with Big Ben in the background, London, UK

    Report

    Travel in Britain in 2035

    Without substantial investment, the UK will experience severe congestion across its transport infrastructure by 2035. How might emerging technologies be able to address the problem?

    Jun 24, 2016

  • Research Brief

    Travel in Britain in 2035: Future scenarios and their implications for technology

    By 2035 UK transport infrastructure may be severely congested. Innovate UK commissioned this study to explore how technology might address the congestion problem by using capacity more efficiently, supporting modal choice and managing travel demand.

    Jun 24, 2016

  • Streetlights at dusk

    Commentary

    The True Cost of Dimming Street Lights

    Local authorities across the UK have considered reducing street lighting to save money. What impact might this have on crime, night-time traffic collisions, and other outcomes?

    Jun 16, 2016

  • A patient visiting his primary care physician

    Commentary

    Can Hospital Services Work in Primary Care Settings?

    Shifting health care from hospitals to the community will only be justified if patient satisfaction and convenience is valued above costs to the NHS, or if this shift reduces health care costs in the long term.

    Jun 2, 2016

  • Door of emergency ambulance car

    Project

    Developing Injury Surveillance Through Ambulance Data: A ‘Proof of Concept’ Approach

    West Midlands Police, with support from RAND Europe, University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is implementing and evaluating the use of ambulance data to support injury surveillance

    Jun 2, 2016

  • Senior woman and caregiver

    Project

    Developing a Plan to Evaluate the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme

    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.

    May 24, 2016

  • Brexit referendum concept with stethoscope

    Commentary

    Brexit and Health Research: An Uncertain Picture

    The impact of leaving the EU on UK health research would depend greatly upon the terms and conditions of such a major change. But by exploring different scenarios, each with its own set of political and economic assumptions, we can get a picture of the potential impacts.

    May 23, 2016

  • A world map shaped with pharmaceutical drugs

    Commentary

    The O'Neill Review: A Critical Step in Taking Global Action Against AMR

    The O'Neill Review aims to increase global knowledge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and generate international consensus about the nature of the problem and the necessary steps to tackle it. A RAND Europe analysis of the potential economic costs of AMR contributed to the Review.

    May 19, 2016

  • Medical healthcare test using a centrifuge

    Commentary

    NIHR's Impacts on the Health Research Landscape

    The National Institute for Health Research is now ten years old. What benefits has it had on the health research landscape in the UK since its formation?

    May 19, 2016

  • Police constables wearing body-worn video (BWV) cameras, before a trial by the Metropolitan police, at Kentish Town in London, May 6, 2014

    News Release

    Body-Worn Cameras Associated with Increased Assaults Against Police

    Rates of assault against police officers are 15% higher when they wear cameras, possibly because they feel more confident about reporting assaults once they are captured on camera. The camera also may make officers less assertive and more vulnerable to assault.

    May 17, 2016

  • Girl with balloons, walking on beach

    Project

    Are Better Health Outcomes Related to Social Expenditure?

    Research shows that, across OECD countries, higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health, and the association is particularly strong for public social spending. Additionally, the association between social spending and better health strengthens over time.

    May 11, 2016

  • Senior woman and man talking to doctor with clipboard

    Project

    Evaluating the Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

    To inform the direction and strategy of the Q initiative, RAND Europe is evaluating Q and providing real-time feedback throughout its first year. The evaluation is focused on identifying problems and practical solutions.

    May 10, 2016

  • Report

    An evaluation of the first phase of Q: Engaging the founding cohort in a co-designed approach to health care improvement

    Q is an initiative, led by the Health Foundation and supported by NHS England, designed to connect people skilled in quality improvement across the UK. We carried out an embedded evaluation of its first phase, co-design with the founding cohort.

    May 9, 2016

  • A lab microscope

    Commentary

    Public Funding of Medical Research Pays for Itself

    Public and charity spending on medical research in the UK stimulates the private sector to spend more on R&D, not less. Each pound of public funding leads to an additional 99 pence investment from the private sector.

    Apr 27, 2016

  • Two UK police in high-visibility jackets at an outdoor event

    Commentary

    Police and Crime Commissioners: Why Should We Care?

    Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are elected officials in the UK who oversee local policing and crime. Although they have significant, growing powers that affect everyone, public awareness about PCCs is low.

    Apr 21, 2016

  • Group of people discussing research funding

    Commentary

    Why Research Funders Looking for Impact Need to Be 'DECISIVE'

    Funding decisions in the UK direct the flow of billions of pounds of public and philanthropic funding but there is little evidence to suggest how to allocate grants to researchers to increase the chances that the work they support changes lives and improves society. New research helps inform funders' strategies.

    Apr 14, 2016

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