RAND Europe Research

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Latest Research

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    Evaluation design for multiple long-term health conditions programme

    29 Jan 2021

    Complex evaluations at multiple levels are gathering evidence for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity on societal determinants of health such as housing, debt, racism and labour markets. The findings will inform policy to help those most at risk of developing long-term conditions.

  • Spotlight 2020-21

    26 Jan 2021

    Spotlight 2020–2021 features examples of our research that helped to improve people's lives during a turbulent year. It also highlights a selection of research initiatives on the horizon for 2021.

  • Examining the use of Paediatric Early Warning Systems in the UK

    25 Jan 2021

    A diverse range of paediatric early warning (PEW) systems are commonly used across the UK, particularly in acute settings. A review of their use uncovered a growing interest amongst some healthcare decisionmakers in the potential of using a standardised system.

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    Reviewing the role and contributions of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Genome Campus

    20 Jan 2021

    An evaluation of the contributions of the Wellcome Sanger Institute found that it acts as a leader in genetics and genomics research and international collaborations, shaped by the institute’s specific values and ethos around openness, data sharing and collaboration.

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    Cyber Threats to NATO from a Multi-Domain Perspective

    12 Jan 2021

    Fully understanding future cyber threats to NATO necessitates looking beyond trends in cyberspace and considering how these shape and are shaped by threats in or across other operational domains. How might adversaries employ cyber capabilities to gain an advantage over NATO forces?

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    The impact of new and emerging technologies on the cyber threat landscape and their implications for NATO

    12 Jan 2021

    Using futures methods, researchers explore some of the key technology trends for the coming decade and their potential implications for the future cyber threat landscape and NATO. They also examine challenges that could emerge from individual technologies and complex interactions between them.

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    Reviewing the use and effectiveness of arts-based approaches for public engagement with research

    11 Jan 2021

    To raise awareness about a research topic, increase research impact, or help inform the research process and direction, taking an arts-based approach may help to engage the public.

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    How to help patients to access and use online services in primary health care

    05 Jan 2021

    Researchers are exploring the potential benefits and challenges associated with different models of digital facilitation for primary care, and will design a framework for future evaluations of the effectiveness of such interventions.

  • Asian male patient getting vaccinated against coronavirus in hospital

    The economic benefits of equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines

    17 Dec 2020

    While the COVID-19 outbreak is foremost a public health crisis, it has also caused substantial damage to the global economy. National governments are spending trillions of dollars to fight the negative economic impact in their own countries, but until vaccines are widely available in every country, the economic burden will continue to be felt worldwide.

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    Identifying conflict-affected and high-risk areas for EU importers of minerals

    16 Dec 2020

    RAND Europe is developing and maintaining an updated list of conflict-affected and high-risk areas to facilitate the calibration of due-diligence efforts made by EU importers of specific metals and minerals.

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    Technology and the future of cybercrime

    15 Dec 2020

    To prepare for and mitigate the impact of emerging technologies on cybercrime, Estonia could consider broad anti-cybercrime capacity building; seek legal, regulatory and organisational agility; and invest in technological expertise, skills and research.

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    Estimating the housing affordability gap in the Cambridge travel-to-work area

    10 Dec 2020

    Cambridge Ahead asked RAND Europe to examine housing affordability in the Cambridge travel-to-work area. Researchers found that almost half of the households living in this area would financially struggle to live in Cambridge itself.

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    Developments in Child and Family Policy in the EU in 2019

    01 Dec 2020

    This third annual trend report outlines and summarises new policy developments in the area of child and family policy in the 27 EU member states and the UK during 2019. The report provides information on key trends that took place in relation to the provision of early childhood education and care, family leave and actions to improve work-life balance, social and income support for families, and children's right to participation.

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    Anti-bullying practices from the repository of the European Platform for Investing in Children

    01 Dec 2020

    The European Platform for Investing in Children (EPIC) collects and disseminates innovative and evidence-based practices that have a positive impact on children and families in EU member states. This report showcases a selection of practices collected by EPIC that focus on anti-bullying interventions.

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    Incentivising parents to return to the labour market after parental leave

    25 Nov 2020

    Employers in the EU have a wide range of options to incentivise parents of young children to return to work. Government policies addressing the unequal distribution of unpaid (care) work and reducing the gender pay gap would also help increase the employment of mothers.

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    Independent evaluation of the Flow Coaching Academy programme

    25 Nov 2020

    To help improve patient flow through the healthcare system, researchers evaluated a novel programme that applies team coaching skills and improvement science at the care pathway level.

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    Foreign funding of religious institutions in the Netherlands

    20 Nov 2020

    Undesirable influence through foreign donations to religious institutions is of concern to the Dutch government, which asked RAND Europe, together with research collaborator Breuer&Intraval, to conduct an independent study mapping the nature and size of the foreign funding of religious institutions in the country.

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    What factors encourage witnesses of intimate partner violence to help?

    13 Nov 2020

    Numerous factors discourage witnesses of intimate partner violence to report to the police or other relevant authorities. Strengthening protection for witnesses and including the option to report anonymously may help encourage witnesses to help.

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    How Is COVID-19 Changing Online Shopping Habits?

    10 Nov 2020

    Americans' online shopping habits have continued to shift during the pandemic. By August 2020, more people were shopping online, and 39 percent reported spending more money on their purchases. People who spent less were likely to have lost employment.

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    COVID-19 and the cost of vaccine nationalism

    28 Oct 2020

    Without a vaccine, the worldwide economic impact of COVID-19 could be $3.4 trillion a year. But even when a vaccine is available, an unequal allocation of COVID-19 vaccines could cost the global economy up to $1.2 trillion a year in GDP.

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    Ideas to stimulate and sustain innovation in adult social care provision

    23 Oct 2020

    The demand for adult social care in the UK is rising and will continue to rise, but the supply of such care is struggling to keep up. Innovation in social care can enable more and better care to be delivered more cost-effectively.

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    Evaluating a programme to support ex-Service personnel in the criminal justice system

    22 Oct 2020

    Researchers identified several improvements that could increase the efficacy of a programme that helps to fund projects aimed at reducing reoffending and supporting ex-Service personnel who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

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    Estimating the cost of growing the NHS cancer workforce in England by 2029

    13 Oct 2020

    Cancer Research UK asked researchers to help determine how much Health Education England would need to increase its budget in order to meet its ambition of growing the NHS cancer workforce by 45 per cent by 2029. Researchers used workforce and cost data to build a demographic stock-flow model to provide important information about which workforces will require the most significant interventions, as well as the estimated costs.

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    Identifying innovations in adult social care and social work

    17 Sep 2020

    Researchers identified 158 innovations for potential evaluation and held a workshop with 23 stakeholders to prioritise a shortlist of top innovations to evaluate in adult social care and social work.

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    What influences improvement processes in healthcare?

    15 Sep 2020

    Although many healthcare organisations are engaging in activities to improve the quality of healthcare, there are still considerable challenges in doing so. Additional research on quality improvement could help inform a better understanding of how improvements in patient care can be achieved and sustained.