Evaluation Timescales

Funders may request an exploratory evaluation before a programme begins, to help ensure it meets its the intended outcomes.

If an ongoing programme requires an intervention, we conduct complex, real-time evaluations that inform course correction and support organisational learning.

When a programme ends, decisionmakers want to know the effect it has had. We conduct outcome evaluations that determine how best to understand and measure the programme's results.

Exploratory Evaluations

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    Pre-Evaluation of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) Programme

    Researchers conducted a scoping exercise to help plan and prepare for a more systematic and complete evaluation of the Health Innovation Network's Communities of Practice, while also providing immediate evidence to help CoPs improve their effectiveness.

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    Exploring the Future of Driving in Developing Countries

    The level of automobility, or travel in personal vehicles, varies among countries. By determining the factors besides economic development that have affected automobility in developed countries, researchers can predict how automobility might evolve in developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

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    Mapping the Diversity of Employment Interventions in South Asia

    The World Bank commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a stocktaking exercise to map the diversity of employment interventions in South Asia. In addition, RAND conducted a scoping review of international evidence on the impact of interventions.

  • Developing a Framework to Measure the Impact of Digital Catapult

    The Digital Catapult targets market and innovation inefficiencies that likely inhibit the up-take of data-driven innovation across sectors. RAND Europe research frames thinking about how the Digital Catapult can contribute to economic productivity.

Real-Time Evaluations

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    Evaluating the development of the Q initiative from 2016-2020

    The Q initiative has established itself as an important resource for quality improvement in health and care, supporting members with skills, new relationships and self-confidence. However, to deliver change at scale there is a need to build on these achievements.

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    Stop and Search Training Pilot Generally Well Received

    Officers who received the pilot stop and search training introduced by the UK College of Policing were mostly positive about the course. Changes in communication practices could improve the new training programme as it is rolled out nationally.

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    Evaluating the Q Initiative for UK Healthcare Quality Improvement

    To inform the direction and strategy of Q, an initiative led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, RAND Europe evaluated the initiative and provided real-time feedback throughout its first year. The evaluation focused on identifying problems and practical solutions.

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    Evaluating Social Innovation Pilot Projects

    A series of social innovation pilot projects across Europe aim to support the growth of European social finance markets and the development of capacities within social business and young entrepreneurship. RAND Europe and Ecorys evaluated the pilots and hosted a series of interactive workshops to encourage an exchange of experiences.

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    Evaluating the Impact of the European Programme for Integration and Migration

    The European Programme for Integration and Migration (EPIM) is a €3 million collaborative initiative of 12 major foundations to improve integration of and outcomes for migrants in Europe through advocacy, capacity-building and policy change. EPIM had RAND Europe evaluate the achievements and impacts of their work in 2012-2015, to ensure accountability and enable learning that can be acted on during the course of the programme.

Outcome Evaluations

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    Understanding Civil Service Reform in Central and Eastern Europe

    29 Jan 2016

    RAND Europe undertook two surveys with civil servants in 14 countries in the CEEC and Balkans as part of a research project to explore the sustainability of civil service reform. It is the largest comparative survey of civil servants undertaken in the region. Additional RAND Europe internal funding will enable the research team to look in detail at governance issues in the region’s civil service, consolidate expertise and internal/external relationships, and contribute to academic thinking on this topic.

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    Evaluating the World's First Social Impact Bond

    18 Dec 2015

    The UK Ministry of Justice commissioned a process evaluation of an innovative funding mechanism implemented at a prison in the east of England, whereby private investors covered the costs of delivering public services to offenders on release from prison. RAND Europe's findings provide evidence and key lessons on the operation of this funding model, informing their possible use in a range of policy areas, in the UK and internationally.