RAND Europe Research

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Latest Research

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    Improving early cancer diagnosis interventions

    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.

    02 Mar 2020

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    Building evidence on EU defence-related skills

    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.

    24 Feb 2020

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    Examining innovation in citizen science

    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.

    17 Feb 2020

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    Quality improvement in the veterinary sector

    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.

    29 Jan 2020

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    Economic implications of prolonged Brexit uncertainty

    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.

    28 Jan 2020

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    Innovation for improved NHS healthcare

    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.

    27 Jan 2020

  • RAND Europe: Objective Analysis, Effective Solutions

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

    17 Jan 2020

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    Economy and national security in the Netherlands

    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.

    14 Jan 2020

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    Understanding the UK's pregnancy research needs and priorities

    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.

    14 Jan 2020

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    Economic benefits of malaria control

    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.

    09 Jan 2020

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    Youth justice practitioners' experiences and perceptions of AssetPlus

    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.

    19 Dec 2019

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    Measuring migration using big data

    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.

    12 Dec 2019

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    Developing the OECD TALIS Starting Strong Survey

    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.

    12 Dec 2019

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    Assessing digital technologies for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control

    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.

    02 Dec 2019

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    Supporting the Asia's Healthiest Workplace Competition

    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.

    02 Dec 2019

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    Britain's Healthiest Workplace survey findings

    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.

    25 Nov 2019

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    International comparison of consular services

    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.

    21 Nov 2019

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    Understanding the societal burden of disease progression in multiple sclerosis

    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.

    19 Nov 2019

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    Using foresight to examine the global food system

    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.

    18 Nov 2019

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    How does the pharmaceutical industry reuse health data?

    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.

    12 Nov 2019

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    Technology's potential to tackle climate change in global agri-food systems

    A pilot study identified trends, opportunities and constraints in the use of emerging technologies to address climate-related challenges within the agri-food system. The findings will help to inform and test the potential for future research on the topic.

    06 Nov 2019

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    Improving physical activity would have global economic benefits

    Significant barriers exist to creating enduring change in physical activity, but societies would be healthier and global GDP could increase as much as $760 billion by 2050 if everyone increased their physical activity.

    06 Nov 2019

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    Supporting FasterCures' project on biomedical innovation metrics

    Researchers helped FasterCures in their effort to understand the metrics that currently measure innovation in the biomedical ecosystem. They also established to what degree these existing approaches are appropriate and relevant to measure and drive innovation for the benefit of patients.

    30 Oct 2019

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    Tackling the challenges of algorithm-driven social media

    Improving consumers' media literacy could reduce their vulnerability to disinformation. Researchers propose a behavioural science experiment to encourage people to be more aware of their own online behaviour

    30 Oct 2019

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    Evaluating the Wellbeing Premium Programme

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often find it hard to invest in the health and wellbeing of their employees, or do not invest at all. Researchers are evaluating a randomised controlled trial of a financial incentive programme to improve employee health and wellbeing in SMEs in the West Midlands.

    29 Oct 2019