RAND Europe Research

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Latest Research

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    Helping UK Water Industry Research assess its research impact

    16 Mar 2020

    Researchers conducted a series of interviews with UKWIR member organisations and developed recommendations to help the members better understand how to measure research impact in the water sector, and how to create a framework for measuring impact.

  • Equal pay for equal work and the gender pay gap

    06 Mar 2020

    The European Parliament is exploring legislation around pay-transparency measures. Such measures have a clear potential to address unjustified or discriminatory wage gaps, but certain disadvantages need to be considered in implementing them.

  • A focus on gaming for research

    05 Mar 2020

    "Serious games" can be used to explore a variety of policy issues, from defence and national security, to disaster response and health policy. This brochure highlights RAND Europe's expertise in applying this method to different policy questions.

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    Improving early cancer diagnosis interventions

    02 Mar 2020

    Explorations of how commissioners of healthcare services and Cancer Alliances in England and Northern Ireland make decisions at a local level are helping to inform Cancer Research UK’s work to support early cancer diagnosis locally, thereby improving cancer outcomes.

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    Building evidence on EU defence-related skills

    24 Feb 2020

    An examination of the shortages and mismatches in EU defence-related skills found that a focus on cross-cutting technical skills, domain-specific skills, skills relating to new and emerging technologies, and soft skills could help the industry address existing and future skills gaps.

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    Examining innovation in citizen science

    17 Feb 2020

    Advances in technologies, together with new opportunities for integrating diverse data sources, are enabling innovative methods of data collection in citizen science projects, but new risks have also emerged as the field evolves.

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    Quality improvement in the veterinary sector

    29 Jan 2020

    Although quality improvement is not yet embedded into day-to-day work across the sector, the basic framework to support QI implementation is already in place, and those working in animal health care generally agree that it is desirable.

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    Economic implications of prolonged Brexit uncertainty

    28 Jan 2020

    Despite an approved withdrawal agreement, the UK economy could falter by £16.2 billion within a decade of Brexit as a result of uncertainty about the final destiny of the UK-EU trade and economic relationship.

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    Innovation for improved NHS healthcare

    27 Jan 2020

    The UK's NHS is under pressure to meet the growing and changing demand for services with limited resources. Innovations may provide opportunities to respond creatively and effectively to growing health demands.

  • RAND Europe: Objective Analysis, Effective Solutions

    17 Jan 2020

    This brochure describes what makes RAND Europe unique and able to find evidence-based solutions to policy challenges in today's fast-changing times.

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    Economy and national security in the Netherlands

    14 Jan 2020

    Researchers developed insights into the relationships between the economy and national security, focusing in particular on the characteristics and performance of the economy of the Netherlands and the consequences this may have for its national security.

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    Assessing the use of new technologies for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control

    14 Jan 2020

    RAND Europe is providing research and support for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) for the assessment of new technologies for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control over the next two years.

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    Understanding the UK's pregnancy research needs and priorities

    14 Jan 2020

    A review of the research needs and expenditure on pregnancy in the UK found that £51 million is invested in pregnancy research each year. By contrast, the NHS spends £5.8 billion on pregnancy-related care each year and in 2018/19 litigation claims totalled £2.5 billion.

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    Economic benefits of malaria control

    09 Jan 2020

    Investing in malaria vaccination for children in sub-Saharan Africa not only helps in reducing malaria cases and deaths, it could also have long term macroeconomic benefits according to an economic model researchers developed.

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    Youth justice practitioners' experiences and perceptions of AssetPlus

    19 Dec 2019

    An evaluation of the Youth Justice Board's AssetPlus programme found that practitioners liked the ideas underpinning the programme but felt that not all potential benefits were fully being realised. The evaluators suggested several areas for improvement.

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    Measuring migration using big data

    12 Dec 2019

    Researchers from five organisations collaborated in an effort to use social media data to develop models for estimating real-time migration flows and stocks of migrants in the EU. They were successful in applying a groundbreaking migrant stock model, but the approach for estimating EU mobility flows remains a work in progress.

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    Developing the OECD TALIS Starting Strong Survey

    12 Dec 2019

    RAND Europe led the development of a survey for the OECD which aimed to fill key international and national data gaps on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) staff, their professional development, pedagogical practices, the ECEC environment and the impact that staff can have on children in their care.

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    Assessing digital technologies for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control

    02 Dec 2019

    Research into up-and-coming technologies is intended help to improve situational awareness and inform the coordination of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)’s infection control in response to outbreak events.

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    Supporting the Asia's Healthiest Workplace Competition

    02 Dec 2019

    For three years, RAND Europe has supported AIA Vitality's contest. Doing so enables researchers to explore the health trends—employee lifestyle, clinical indicators, mental health and other areas of concern—among participating Asia-Pacific workplaces.

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    Improving the financial stability of military families in the UK

    28 Nov 2019

    To examine the factors that may affect the financial stability of current and former UK Service personnel and their families, RAND Europe and the Army Families Federation are conducting a 10-month study on behalf of the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

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    Britain's Healthiest Workplace survey findings

    25 Nov 2019

    Absence and presenteeism accounts for an average of 38 days' lost productivity per employee per year, marking an upward trend in lost productivity since 2014, when the number was only 23 days.

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    International comparison of consular services

    21 Nov 2019

    To help the Dutch government identify best practices for consular services, researchers compared the the support different countries provide to their citizens abroad. The insights may help the Netherlands identify innovative practices, procedures and ways of organising their consular services.

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    Understanding the societal burden of disease progression in multiple sclerosis

    19 Nov 2019

    MS is associated with high economic costs to society that go beyond the costs to the healthcare system, but researchers found limited evidence on the impact of disease progression on patients, carers, and society as a whole.

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    Using foresight to examine the global food system

    18 Nov 2019

    Based on a series of foresight exercises for the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), researchers developed a global food systems map, a map of systemic interdependencies, and a framework for future action to help the FSA achieve its goals.

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    How does the pharmaceutical industry reuse health data?

    12 Nov 2019

    Several important factors can support or hinder the reuse of pharmaceutical data in the EU, including the availability, interoperability and quality of data; data analytic skills and experience; and the presence of clear and uniform regulations.