RAND Europe Research

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    Exploring the value of engineering and physical sciences doctorates

    11 Aug 2021

    To support the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's review of their investment in doctoral education, researchers are exploring 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.

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    Tackling societal challenges and guiding the future of research and innovation in Norway

    09 Aug 2021

    Researchers identified 20 priority missions and 10 structural measures that could help the Research Council of Norway to develop a strong and resilient research and innovation environment across a range of strategic areas.

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    Innovative technologies shaping the 2040 battlefield

    04 Aug 2021

    Technological change alone is unlikely to fundamentally alter the nature of the future battlefield but will continue to shape the character of warfare. The full effect of technological advances may only materialise in conjunction with enabling infrastructure or other technologies and, in Europe, may be shaped by EU-specific enablers and barriers.

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    Protecting human rights in the digital age

    04 Aug 2021

    Interventions to foster and strengthen safeguards for human rights in the digital age take place in a rapidly evolving technology, political and socio-cultural landscape. Several overarching principles could inform and guide organisations' capacity-building efforts.

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    Testimony addresses UK space defence

    30 Jul 2021

    Researchers presented written evidence to the UK House of Commons Defence Select Committee concerning the Government’s approach to developing and protecting the UK’s defence space capabilities, including interoperability with allies, improving the resilience of assets, aligning private sector investment, and ensuring high calibre staffing.

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    Future scenarios of the Credit Information Market

    29 Jul 2021

    Researchers identified four plausible scenarios of how the credit information market might develop in five to ten years’ time, as well as five key drivers of change.

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    Evaluating the Accelerated Reader Scheme

    28 Jul 2021

    An evaluation of Renaissance Learning's AR scheme explored whether the programme has a positive effect on the reading comprehension of randomly assigned pupils, particularly those who are eligible for free school meals.

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    Evaluating language skills outcomes in Group Triple P

    27 Jul 2021

    Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, offers individual and group interventions in early years settings. Nursery staff and parents perceived a reduction in problem behaviours and a modest improvement in children’s language ability because of parent participation.

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    Combatting psychological violence against women across the EU

    23 Jul 2021

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

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    The challenges and opportunities of strategic airlift in Africa

    22 Jul 2021

    A complex mix of global and geographically specific challenges inhibit the coordination and optimisation for airlift into the African theatre. Researchers explored the potential use of other modes of transport to create multi-modal solutions.

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    Decarbonising UK transport

    15 Jul 2021

    A series of seven roadmaps for decarbonising domestic transport in the UK informed the UK Government’s 2021 Transport Decarbonisation Plan. These roadmaps address: cars and light goods vehicles; buses; coaches; heavy goods vehicles; rail; domestic shipping; and domestic aviation

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    Understanding the reasons for domestic tourism

    15 Jul 2021

    Domestic tourism benefits both the broader UK economy as well as businesses within a specific destination. To help understand the factors that influence people’s decisions to take domestic holidays, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) commissioned RAND Europe to examine the impact of publicly funded domestic tourism marketing.

  • A 50th Anniversary Puma helicopter flies over the Oxofordshire countryside on 2nd July 2021, photo by Hannah Smoker, RAF Benson/Crown Copyright

    Understanding the contribution of defence to UK prosperity

    14 Jul 2021

    To help the UK Ministry of Defence in establishing a quantifiable measure of defence contribution to UK prosperity, researchers examined five methodologies, delivered pilot studies to assess them, and recommended how they could be developed further.

  • Understanding the Value of Defence: Towards a Defence Value Proposition for the UK

    13 Jul 2021

    Defence delivers value to society in a variety of direct and indirect forms, beyond the immediate benefits of protection against security threats. The UK Defence Value Proposition covers a range of interconnected components, each providing value in a different way.

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    Understanding the value of defence

    13 Jul 2021

    Because various factors affect how different groups view the value of defence, researchers recommend six actions to help the UK defence establishment articulate a more compelling value proposition to multiple audiences.

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    Evaluating the Children and Young People's Mental Health Trailblazer programme

    12 Jul 2021

    An early evaluation of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Trailblazer programme examines the development, implementation and early progress of the 25 mental health support teams created as the first step of the programme.

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    Supporting Your DNA, Your Say

    08 Jul 2021

    RAND Europe is providing support to the Your DNA, Your Say project in terms of design and implementation of the analysis of survey data and reporting results in scientific papers.

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    Productivity challenges and UK defence supply chains

    06 Jul 2021

    Researchers identified six cross-cutting challenges and barriers faced by small and medium-sized companies attempting to enter and operate in the UK’s defence market.

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    Examining hateful extremism within society during COVID-19

    02 Jul 2021

    An exploration of the links between hateful extremism and false information identified online interventions and policy responses and suggested policy considerations and areas that would benefit from further exploration.

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    Exploring the variation across countries in access to faecal microbiota transplantation

    25 Jun 2021

    RAND Europe has been commissioned by Ferring Pharmaceuticals to undertake an independent study that will explore current practice and differences in the establishment, running and distribution of stool banks and in the availability of FMT to patients with recurrent C. difficile infection, across a sample of geographies.

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    Assessing the challenges in UK defence equipment acquisition

    24 Jun 2021

    Three broad drivers of common defence programme cost and schedule problems could be mitigated by establishing effective challenge processes, professionalising certain job functions, focusing on risk management and understanding, and embedding clear lessons-learned processes.

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    Addressing challenges in care for patients with Clostridioides difficile infection

    23 Jun 2021

    RAND Europe has been commissioned by Ferring Pharmaceuticals to undertake an independent study that aims to identify and characterise the challenges in the care pathway for patients with C. difficile infection and consider key areas for improvement in the care patients receive.

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    Supporting the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy

    09 Jun 2021

    In support of the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy, researchers produced two analytical papers discussing issues relating to approaches taken to identify online platforms with significant market power and developments concerning business-to-business platforms, and emerging cloud services.

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    Benefits of extracurricular activities for children

    09 Jun 2021

    Extracurricular activities are generally viewed as a way to enable children to become active citizens in their community and develop soft skills. This research note summarises the existing evidence on their benefits, their ability to support social inclusion, and the ways providers can support disadvantaged children to access them.

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    Improving working conditions using artificial intelligence

    08 Jun 2021

    Increasing investment in technology and computer literacy, and updating existing labour market and employment rules and regulations, could enable AI to reduce human exposure to harmful and hazardous workplace conditions and create more quality and decent jobs.