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    Understanding the impact of peer-assisted learning strategies

    16 Mar 2022

    RAND Europe evaluated the impacts of peer-assisted learning strategies (PALS) in England. The evaluation sought to understand the impact of PALS on reading attainment but the assessment was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    The evidence on measures to prevent and mitigate terrorism attacks using vehicles

    08 Mar 2022

    Researchers identified legal, practical and technological challenges to preventing vehicular terrorism and offered an assessment of future threats and vulnerabilities.

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    Diagnosis, treatment and management of central diabetes insipidus

    07 Mar 2022

    RAND Europe was commissioned by Ferring Pharmaceuticals to look at care pathways for patients with CDI. The research focused on identifying the factors that influence the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with CDI, as well as areas to consider that may improve the quality of care that patients receive, and patient outcomes.

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    Future uses of space out to 2050

    02 Mar 2022

    To support the UK's National Space Strategy and ensure that it is more ‘future proof’, researchers recommend the UK work more closely with allies, foster innovation, and more.

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    Perspectives on factors most affecting quality of life in Greater Cambridge

    01 Mar 2022

    Results of a survey and interviews of community stakeholders in the Greater Cambridge area found the factors that most affect quality of life in the region include personal relationships, public transport, and a sense of community.

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    The economic value to the UK of speaking other languages

    21 Feb 2022

    Languages play a significant role in international trade, and not sharing a common language acts as a non-tariff trade barrier. Investing in Arabic, French, Mandarin or Spanish languages education in the UK will most likely return more than the investment cost, even under conservative assumptions.

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    Realising the ambitions of the UK’s Defence Space Strategy

    17 Feb 2022

    Researchers examined the factors influencing the implementation of the Defence Space Strategy to 2030 as well as the unique attributes of the UK space enterprise—including its strengths and weaknesses. They include a decision support tool to help decision makers navigate capability management choices along the 'own-collaborate-access' framework articulated in the Defence and Security Industrial Strategy.

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    Evaluating the progress and impacts of the COG-UK consortium

    15 Feb 2022

    An evaluation of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium finds that it has made a significant and valuable contribution to the UK's public health genomics landscape, but its legacy will depend on decision makers' abilities to maintain momentum, ensure adequate governance, and other factors.

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    Examining proposal evaluation processes used in Horizon 2020

    03 Feb 2022

    Broadly speaking, proposal evaluation processes in Horizon 2020 were fair and transparent. However, there may be scope to improve consistency and the feedback provided, and to reduce the burden and conservatism of the process.

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    UK strategy for the High North: Navigating a changing environment

    02 Feb 2022

    Researchers offer a perspective on how the UK could maximise its influence in the High North through enhanced cooperation across government and within multilateral fora in order to tackle environmental and geopolitical changes in the region.

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    Understanding industry contributions to the fight against antimicrobial resistance

    01 Feb 2022

    The AMR Industry Alliance brings together over 100 biotechnology, diagnostic, generics and research-based biopharmaceutical companies and trade associations in the fight against AMR. RAND Europe assessed the progress of AMRIA members in contributing to tackling AMR and found they are making a difference on diverse fronts.

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    Building a better understanding of the impact of early childhood education and care

    27 Jan 2022

    This research note examines the medium- and long-term impact of early childhood education and care (ECEC) provision on education and labour market outcomes for children and parents, as well as the indicators employed for these measurements.

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    Assessing the landscape of longitudinal data collection related to gambling

    25 Jan 2022

    Researchers assessed the feasibility for expanding longitudinal data collection on gambling in the UK. They provide six distinct options, each with their own strengths and drawbacks, for consideration by the charity Action Against Gambling Harms.

  • How do the UK's potential adversaries approach multi-domain integration in defence?

    20 Jan 2022

    To influence the development of the UK’s approach to multi-domain integration, a series of case studies explored Russia, China, Iran and North Korea’s approaches to integrating activities across maritime, land, air, space, cyber and electromagnetic warfare, as well as across government and with external allies, partners and industry.

  • The impact of vertical integration of health services

    12 Jan 2022

    In several locations across England and Wales, NHS organisations responsible for managing acute hospitals have also taken over the running of primary care medical practices. Vertical integration is a valuable option to consider when GP practices look likely to fail due to recruitment and financial difficulties, but it is not an option that should be imposed from the top down.

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    Juggling work and childcare during COVID-19

    11 Jan 2022

    This report examines policies introduced in 2020 by ten EU member states that aimed to support working parents during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and takes stock of their common features and impact.

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    Evaluating collaborations between primary care general practices in the UK

    05 Jan 2022

    Primary care networks can help GPs run a wider range of services for their patients and make changes that are needed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be important to have additional clarification and support around the role of primary care networks in the wider NHS in England.

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    Integrating channels of communication to achieve influence

    05 Jan 2022

    Researchers are identifying strategies, approaches, methods and tools that UK Defence can implement to design multi-channel influence campaigns aimed at overseas audiences, comprising both online and offline forms of communication, and developing ways to monitor and measure the campaigns' effectiveness..

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    Smoke-free environments and the advertising of tobacco and related products

    04 Jan 2022

    Although EU member states are generally compliant with national rules on smoke-free environments and tobacco-related advertising, some areas require closer scrutiny, including protecting children from the harms of smoking.

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    ‘Green’ jobs and skills development for disadvantaged groups

    04 Jan 2022

    While much has been written about employment for vulnerable groups, and employment in the green economy, little research exists that bridges these two areas. RAND Europe, with philanthropic support from JP Morgan Chase, is working to remedy that.

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    European Platform for Investing in Children identifies 'practices that work' across member states

    29 Dec 2021

    Reflecting the European Commission’s policy focus on children at risk, EPIC evaluates and disseminates practices that improve outcomes. RAND Europe's latest EPIC policy memo examines juggling work and childcare during the pandemic.

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    Case studies examine early childhood development interventions at scale

    23 Dec 2021

    Researchers developed case studies on ‘what works’ in early childhood development at scale in the Netherlands, Israel, Peru, and Brazil. They ensured that efforts were systematically captured, assessed and available for other governments, practitioners and foundations to use.

  • Supporting parental behavioural change: Multichannel and cross-sector campaigns in Israel

    23 Dec 2021

    This case study describes two campaigns in Israel that supported parental behavioural change. The success of the campaigns was attributed to their multichannel approach, partner network and involvement of expertise. It offers valuable lessons for others aiming to encourage behavioural change at scale.

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    Using social media data to ‘nowcast’ migration around the globe

    16 Dec 2021

    Because official statistics can be delayed or fail to correctly capture the full extent of migration, making informed policy decisions can be a challenge. Researchers developed an approach to compute near-real-time migration estimates for Europe and the United States using social media data.

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    The Global Digital Skills Gap: Current Trends and Future Directions

    15 Dec 2021

    Researchers sought to better understand at a macro level whether and why the digital skills gap is widening, its implications for digital and social inequalities, and what various stakeholders are doing in response.