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    Helping NHS staff to evaluate health and wellbeing interventions within the NHS

    To equip wellbeing practitioners within the NHS with the tools and knowledge to enable them to effectively evaluate their wellbeing programmes, and to ensure that they are achieving their objectives, RAND Europe designed and delivered a set of presentational workshops, in partnership with NHS Employers, to each of the five NHS England regions.

    21 Sep 2022

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    Understanding policy and practice to promote early childhood development in France

    A range of formal childcare options are available in France, but provision and use are far from universal. Additionally, despite a growing emphasis on holistic early childhood development in the first three years, preschool priorities follow a different trajectory.

    08 Sep 2022

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    Evaluating England's youth employment infrastructure

    The youth employment space in England has gone through substantial changes over the last several years, in part due to underfunding, structural changes and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. RAND Europe is studying the role of infrastructure organisations in strengthening the space.

    08 Sep 2022

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    Creating operational advantage through military diversity

    Advances in technology have made warfighting more complex and the range of skills required more diverse. Researchers examined how increasing workforce diversity may create strategic opportunities for military organisations.

    24 Aug 2022

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    Exploring the value of engineering and physical sciences doctorates

    To support the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's review of their investment in doctoral education, researchers explored the skills required for doctoral graduates in the sector, and how students see doctoral education contributing to the development of these skills and to their career pathways.

    16 Aug 2022

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    Disruptive money: Exploring the future of corporate cryptocurrency

    This project will lay out a framework for considering the public/private balance of benefit and risk in managing money globally as corporate cryptocurrencies attempt to surmount numerous barriers.

    21 Jul 2022

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    Exploring the security implications of a Chinese developed and governed transcontinental power grid

    Researchers from RAND Europe and RAND Corporation will assess global security risks stemming from a potential Chinese developed and governed Global Energy Interconnection that would directly connect renewable producers to consumers around the globe.

    21 Jul 2022

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    Securing future defence supply chains against Black Swan disruptions

    Supply chains are highly vulnerable to events that are unexpected and difficult to plan for but may have far-reaching and catastrophic consequences. Researchers will explore how to design resilient defence supply chains that are secure from these 'Black Swan' events.

    21 Jul 2022

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    Preventative approaches to organised crime in the Netherlands

    This study will focus on preventive methods used to fight organised crime by addressing the underlying causes and factors which support it. The research aims to supplement previous evidence on the effects of preventing organised crime.

    21 Jul 2022

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    Examining corruption at two of Europe's gateways

    Researchers are examining corruption in relation to subversive crime at Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam, two facilities in the Netherlands that form a gateway to the European market.

    21 Jul 2022

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    Combatting psychological violence against women across the EU

    Commissioned by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), researchers conducted a study to help strengthen the institutional capacity of the EU and member states to combat psychological violence against women and coercive control.

    19 Jul 2022

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    Evaluating Primary Science Quality Mark

    A randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the impact of PSQM sought to understand the impact of the intervention on pupils and teachers. The study also examined how the intervention is implemented.

    15 Jul 2022

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    Developing future scenarios for the sustainable use of pesticides

    There is a complex landscape surrounding pesticide use, which needs to be addressed holistically across all contexts, including political, legal, economic, societal, technological and environmental. The inherent variation across regions must also be considered, in an increasingly globalised context.

    12 Jul 2022

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    Veterinary under care and 24/7 emergency care review

    Veterinarians in the UK sometimes differ on how the business of providing care should be regulated. The differences often come down to the practicalities and consequences of implementing regulations, which RCVS wants to help clarify.

    07 Jul 2022

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    Understanding the financial ecosystem surrounding the development of medicines

    To enable governments to make more informed policy decisions that optimise value for their citizens, while at the same time appropriately reimbursing innovators, researchers explored the evidence base on how medicines R&D is financed and how this may evolve in the future.

    23 Jun 2022

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    Exploring the opportunities and challenges of research engagement with China

    An independent and evidence-based study into UK academics' research engagement with China explored how and why UK academics engage with China on joint research activities with the goal of better understanding how UK research organisations manage any resulting risks.

    22 Jun 2022

  • Afghanistan National Army 1st Sgt. Najibullah Bakht Beland addresses the concerns of local elders near the first observation post 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, set up in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation New Dawn, photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga, USMC/Public Domain

    Human security and the 2022 NATO Strategic Concept

    RAND Europe brought together over forty experts from across military, government, academia, think tanks, and civil society for a seminar to explore the concept of human security and its applications at NATO now and in the future.

    15 Jun 2022

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    Analysis of non-profit models of cannabis regulation

    The Swiss Federal Office for Public Health has commissioned RAND researchers to provide an overview of non-commercial regulation models for cannabis.

    06 Jun 2022

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    The impact of respiratory syncytial virus on the NHS, society and economy in the UK

    Researchers estimate the total economic impact of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to be around £80 million each year, based on a rapid evidence assessment to model the disease's wider societal and economic burden in the UK.

    31 May 2022

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    Assessing labour market and skills demand via horizon scanning and future scenarios

    A horizon scan of the UK labour market identified key drivers and emerging trends, and created scenarios of what the labour market could look like in the future. Researchers found that education and training systems need to teach broad concepts and foundation skills and that digital skills are critical to the future of most jobs.

    31 May 2022

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    Understanding the evidence on the impacts of COVID-19 on work-related musculoskeletal disorders

    Changes to working practices and environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected exposure to known work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WRMSD) risk factors. Researchers aim to understand this changing world of work, the effect on WRMSDs and post-pandemic considerations for WRMSDs.

    17 May 2022

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    New insights into the medical use of cannabis

    Researchers are examining the latest developments and available evidence concerning the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

    17 May 2022

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    Truth Decay in Europe

    Using the framework of RAND's original 2018 Truth Decay study, which focused on the United States, researchers uncovered evidence for the trends, drivers and consequences of Truth Decay in Europe. As the phenomenon is less pervasive than in the US, however, they also suggest actions to slow its growth.

    17 May 2022

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    Evaluation of the Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforce (APST)

    The Department for Education's two-year pilot APST aims to reduce serious youth violence and improve pupil outcome among students in alternative provision settings. Researchers are conducting a process evaluation of the project over the course of the pilot.

    10 May 2022

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    Exploring ways to regulate and build trust in AI

    Researchers brought together evidence on the use of labelling initiatives, codes of conduct and other voluntary, self-regulatory mechanisms for the ethical and safe development of artificial intelligence systems.

    25 Apr 2022