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RAND Europe's Expert Insights audio series features short discussions of selected research. Our experts also share their insights in commentaries, on TV, in podcasts and in self-produced multimedia.

Recent Commentaries and Interviews

  • A schoolgirl works through a textbook with her teacher in elementary class, in Hexham, Northumberland, photo by SolStock/Getty Images

    What Factors Affecting Retention Matter Most to Teachers?

    05 Apr 2021

    Maintaining an adequate supply of teachers is a challenge and an area of significant concern. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, a set of interventions developed to target the preferences and expectations of specific groups of teachers is likely to be most effective.

  • A hand with megaphone spreading social media news on Coronavirus infection, photo by Feodora Chiosea/Getty Images

    Towards an AI-Based Counter-Disinformation Framework

    29 Mar 2021

    Artificial intelligence is being used to develop sophisticated malign information on social media. But AI also provides opportunities to strengthen responses to these threats and can foster wider resilience to disinformation.

  • Woman sitting beside window at home, photo by SimonSkafar/Getty Images

    Domestic Violence Support Staff Need More Help

    15 Mar 2021

    During the first wave of COVID-19 lockdowns, European Union states had a 60 percent increase in emergency calls about intimate-partner violence. Amid a protracted second wave that has led to further lockdowns, it may not be too late to provide the funding and legislative changes necessary to ensure domestic violence service providers can offer crucial support.

  • Exploring Workplace Financial Wellbeing Interventions

    Exploring Workplace Financial Wellbeing Interventions

    08 Mar 2021

    Workplace financial wellbeing interventions could offer a key means for addressing rising financial concerns and mental health issues in the workplace. In this video, Christian van Stolk and Jennifer Bousfield describe their findings from an extensive analysis of British and Asian workplace survey data.

  • A worker stands next to the shipment of 600,000 doses COVID-19 vaccines donated by China at the Phnom Penh International Airport, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, February 7, 2021, photo by Cindy Liu/Reuters

    Equal, Rapid Access to Vaccines Is More Important Than Ever as New COVID-19 Variants Emerge

    09 Feb 2021

    Vaccine nationalism could prolong the pandemic and lead to preventable deaths. If some countries don't receive timely access to vaccines, then the virus will continue to spread in some populations, mutate further, and potentially render existing vaccines less effective.

  • Boy sitting by the window, wearing surgical mask with his head in his hands, photo by Imgorthand/Getty Images

    What Works in Preventing the Development of Depression and Anxiety in Children

    09 Feb 2021

    Mental health problems have been increasingly recognized as one of the most significant health concerns for children and adolescents in developed countries. But the quality of existing evaluations can make drawing conclusions about what works in preventing the development of anxiety and/or depression in children difficult.

  • Mother working on a laptop while holding her  baby, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

    Helping Mothers Return to Work Is a Gender Equality Issue

    21 Jan 2021

    Employers and policymakers play a crucial role in ensuring that women are not unnecessarily disadvantaged when they have children. Policies such as access to family leave, job protection, and childcare options can play a large role.

  • Chilean president Sebastián Piñera receives the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines in Santiago de Chile, Chile, December 24, 2020, photo by Sebastian Rodríguez/Presidencia/Reuters

    Vaccine Nationalism Has Real Economic Consequences

    30 Dec 2020

    Vaccine nationalism, in which countries prioritize their domestic needs at the expense of others, will have significant global economic consequences. Major economies actually have more to gain by helping to make an effective COVID-19 vaccine widely available globally.

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    What the EU LGBTIQ Strategy Means for Rainbow Families with Children

    21 Dec 2020

    Rainbow families can face challenges because of ongoing discrimination against LGBTIQ people. The first EU strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, nonbinary, intersex, and queer equality sets out actions and initiatives to ensure the safety and equal rights of LGBTIQ people in the EU.

  • A nurse checks the dosage on his digital tablet supervised by his staff nurse, photo by sturti/Getty Images

    More Could Be Spent on Recruiting and Training Cancer Staff if the NHS Is to Provide a World-Class Cancer Service

    10 Dec 2020

    Cancer is a leading cause of death in the UK. Action is needed now to recruit and train more NHS staff in certain key cancer-related roles if NHS is to meet its ambitions for improving cancer services over the next 10 years.

  • UK Royal Navy 3 Commando Brigade land in Norway as part of demanding winter exercises, photo by PO Phot Si Ethell/Royal Navy Open Government License

    Standing Together on NATO's North Flank: UK-Norwegian Defence Cooperation

    09 Dec 2020

    The UK and Norway share a long and close history, bound by shared experiences as seafaring nations whose political, cultural, and economic development have been shaped in part by their exploitation of the North Sea and North Atlantic. Much could remain to be gained from continuing to deepen and evolve their longstanding partnership to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.

  • Hospital administrator and medical staff in a hospital hallway, photo by sturti/Getty Images

    Can Primary Care Networks and Models of Vertical Integration Coexist in the NHS?

    07 Dec 2020

    Vertical integration with a hospital helps primary care practices that might otherwise have closed to remain in operation. It thereby creates the opportunity for the continued development and improvement of local primary care for patients.

  • Medical staff listen to administration staff, photo by sturti/Getty Images

    How Hospitals Could Step in to Help Manage GP Practices

    01 Dec 2020

    The supply of doctors in primary care, known as 'GPs' in the UK, is falling behind a growing demand for their services, as GPs leave general practice in large numbers. One way to help struggling GP practices could be vertical integration—combining health care organizations operating at different stages along the patient pathway.

  • Officer speaking with prisoner behind bars, photo by Rawpixel/Getty Images

    How Better Support Can Be Provided to Ex–Service Personnel in the Criminal Justice System

    30 Nov 2020

    Former armed forces personnel make up the UK's largest group of male prisoners by occupation. What can police and government do to provide targeted support in the criminal justice system to those from a military background?

  • Senior woman using digital tablet and having video call with nurse, photo by izusek/Getty Images

    Primary Care Networks in a Time of Pandemic

    11 Nov 2020

    Primary care networks in the UK bring together general practices and community providers to develop new services for patients and to provide better integration of health and social care services and sustainability in primary care. While still relatively new, their trajectory is likely to be influenced by COVID-19–related adaptations they have made over the course of the pandemic.

  • Patient communicates with her doctor via a laptop for advice, photo by Henfaes/Getty Images

    What Influences Quality Improvement Processes in Health Care?

    10 Nov 2020

    Periods of rapid change offer both opportunities and challenges for health care quality improvement. Understanding the building blocks that need to be in place to support improvement processes may help those seeking to embed improvement capabilities and capacity into their organisations, both as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

  • Illustration of silhouettes of a group of chidlren with speech bubbles, all in rainbow colors, photo by melitas/Getty Images

    Giving Children a Voice Can Lead to Better Outcomes for All: Developing the New European Strategy on the Rights of the Child

    03 Nov 2020

    Children have a right to participate in decisionmaking that affects them. It will be important to ensure that there are mechanisms in place to support that process, and that they are resilient, even in times of crisis.

  • Woman and two young children place a ballot in a mailbox, photo by ArtMarie/Getty Images

    Democracy Depends on Hearing All Voters' Voices

    30 Oct 2020

    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the confinement measures imposed in response, holding safe, effective, and timely democratic elections has become increasingly challenging. The risk of disenfranchising large parts of the electorate is real and should be prevented. In these difficult circumstances, governments need to increase their efforts to guarantee that every voter can exercise their right to vote.

  • Arrows with UK and EU flag images pointing in opposite directions on the ground, with legs and shoes viewed from above, photo by Delpixart/Getty Images

    A Free Trade Agreement Still Comes with Costs

    23 Oct 2020

    Major issues must be resolved before any UK-EU agreement on post-Brexit trade and economic relations is completed. There will be substantial costs associated with even a zero-tariff trade deal.

  • Older man and woman sitting on a bench at an assisted living community, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

    Learning from Existing Novel Approaches to Solving the Adult Social Care Crisis Is Better Than Reinventing the Wheel

    14 Oct 2020

    The growing gap in the UK between the need for social care for older people and the provision of support arises not only from a crisis of funding, but also from a failure to learn from what is already being done well. Closing the gap might be achieved by learning from creative approaches already being tried and then implementing them.

  • Suggestion box attached to a wall, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Suggestion_box.jpg">Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/20826826@N00">Hashir Milhan</a>/<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">CC BY 2.0</a>

    Before Redesigning the REF, a New Survey Could Help in Understanding What Is and Isn’t Working

    06 Oct 2020

    September's call for more sustainable and agile research funding signaled a renewed push by research-intensive universities in the UK for a funding and assessment system with a lighter touch. Before embarking on a further round of changes, it is important to listen and learn from researchers and managers about what has and has not worked well.

  • Tired healthcare worker crouching in corridor, photo by Morsa Images/Getty Images

    It May Be Time to Rethink the Design of Jobs to Deliver Good Health for Workers

    25 Sep 2020

    Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the impact of poorly designed jobs on the health of workers was drawing attention. Now may be the time to fundamentally rethink the design of jobs so that they promote good health and lessen poor health and its costs.

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    Managing the Challenge of Workforce Presenteeism in the COVID-19 Crisis

    25 Sep 2020

    Presenteeism occurs when people work when in suboptimal health. Both presenteeism and absenteeism are key influences on workplace productivity, but presenteeism is by far the most significant. It's vital that employers identify and deal with presenteeism, for the health of their people as well as that of the organization.

  • Sustainable Pharmaceutical Innovation

    Sustainable Pharmaceutical Innovation for COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases

    16 Sep 2020

    RAND Europe's Sonja Marjanovic describes the critical success criteria for innovation in infectious disease, antimicrobial, and vaccine research and development.

  • The Future of the Pharmaceutical Industry (Crop)

    The Future of the Pharmaceutical Industry

    08 Sep 2020

    RAND Europe's Sonja Marjanovic explains how changes in society have brought about opportunities for the pharmaceutical industry to innovate to better meet the needs of patients and health care systems.