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

    06 Nov 2019

    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.

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    Improving physical activity would have global economic benefits

    06 Nov 2019

    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.

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    Supporting FasterCures' project on biomedical innovation metrics

    30 Oct 2019

    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.

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    Tackling the challenges of algorithm-driven social media

    30 Oct 2019

    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

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    Evaluating the Wellbeing Premium Programme

    29 Oct 2019

    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.

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    Scenarios help explore the future of education and youth in the EU

    25 Oct 2019

    Researchers developed a set of scenarios to explore the future of education and youth in the EU, and found that personalised learning policies could be helpful across all scenarios if funded sufficiently and targeted appropriately. Supporting and reinforcing the teaching profession is also key.

  • Global Strategic Partnership helps to inform UK Defence

    17 Oct 2019

    The Global Strategic Partnership (GSP), a consortium that spans research, academia and industry and is led by RAND Europe, provides academic and analytical support to the UK Ministry of Defence’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre.

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    Indoor environment can impact child health

    10 Oct 2019

    In the EU, 26 million children under age 15 are exposed to household damp, noise, darkness and cold, which is associated with poorer health outcomes. Eliminating children’s exposure to household damp and mould could save $62 billion over the next 40 years.

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    Evaluating the European Medicines Agency Fee System

    07 Oct 2019

    The EMA fee system is generally efficient and effective, but it is not cost-based at a granular level and not always flexible, and over time it has become increasingly complex. Additionally the EMA relies on both industry fees and EU and EEA budget contributions to meet the costs of all its activities.

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    Exploring NHS and Social Care Funding Options

    07 Oct 2019

    Research on different health and social care funding models assessed the popularity of different funding approaches among the UK public. Previous research examined other countries' funding schemes and found there is no single, commonly preferred solution to achieving sustainable revenues.

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    What is the future of UK research and assessment?

    04 Oct 2019

    Although technology, policy, and the international environment are changing the UK research landscape, and many researchers expect to produce more diverse forms of outputs in the future, they also think journal articles and conference contributions will remain the dominant form of output.

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    Evaluating Digital Feedback in Primary Maths

    01 Oct 2019

    A partnership of primary schools in Lincolnshire developed an intervention that seeks to maximise the impact of teachers’ feedback on pupils’ outcome through the use of video. However, an efficacy trial and associated process evaluation of the intervention found that it does not improve pupil outcomes.

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    How does UK public health research contribute to clinical guidelines?

    24 Sep 2019

    The UK makes an important contribution to public health research, as measured by citations in National Institute for Health and Care Excellence public health guidelines. However, the extent to which public health guidelines reflect practice at the local authority level is less clear.

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    Examining the state-of-the-art in cybersecurity

    04 Sep 2019

    An overarching challenge in the field of cybersecurity is its complexity and poor definition. Research often suffers from inadequate or missing data and methods – both in the technical and the policy domains. Additionally, knowledge or research gaps are frequent and often persistent.

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    Practices and combinations of practices for health and wellbeing at work

    29 Aug 2019

    Researchers are examining the factors that enable or hinder the implementation of workplace health and wellbeing practices. The research will consider whether certain combinations of practices are more effective than other combinations, or effective for some types of organisations and not others.

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    Embedding a children’s rights perspective in policy and decision-making

    08 Aug 2019

    This policy memo provides an overview of the extent to which children’s rights are promoted and taken into account in national and EU policies and practice. The memo also discusses ways in which policies and wider initiatives facilitate children’s participation in decisions about their future.

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    Does de-escalation training reduce violence in the healthcare environment?

    07 Aug 2019

    De-escalation training for NHS staff may not in itself reduce the number of violent or aggressive incidents, but it can contribute to improved workplace wellbeing. Using comprehensive approaches to managing violence in NHS settings may be more effective than de-escalation training alone.

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    Collaborative investment in military multirole helicopters can save money

    22 Jul 2019

    Researchers identified four areas of potential savings that could result from cooperation among European Defence Agency member states in developing, acquiring, operating, and supporting light-weight and medium-weight multirole helicopter programmes.

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    Evaluating Sentencing Council guidelines for drug and theft offences

    28 Jun 2019

    At the request of the Sentencing Council, researchers assessed whether sentencing guidelines for specific drug and theft offences in England and Wales have an impact on sentencing outcomes and whether there are any issues with their implementation.

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    Updating the 'Vitality Age' Calculator

    26 Jun 2019

    The Vitality Age Calculator is an online tool that gives users a ‘snapshot’ of their overall health based on lifestyle choices and clinical factors. RAND Europe helped to update the calculator's methodology and use of available data.

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    How technology may change services sectors

    26 Jun 2019

    Researchers explored how 'game-changing' tech like robotics, autonomous transport, blockchain, virtual and augmented reality, and wearable devices will impact the EU's services sectors, and their wider socio-economic implications.

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    Designing an evaluation framework for the NHMRC

    17 Jun 2019

    The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia, have established a new grant program meant to emphasize fairness, reduce burden, and boost innovation and creativity in research funding processes. Researchers developed an evaluation framework and set of metrics to monitor the performance of the program.

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    Societal impacts of treating breast cancer early

    11 Jun 2019

    Treating breast cancer early does not prevent its recurrence, but doing so can have implications for future research, policy, and practice. Researchers explored the evidence base on the broader health, societal and economic impacts from early breast cancer treatment and the wider costs to society of the progression of breast cancer.

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    Benchmarking deployment of eHealth among European GPs

    30 May 2019

    RAND Europe and partners measured the use of ICT and eHealth applications by primary care physicians in the EU 28 Member States and Norway, compared the results with a 2013 study, and analysed the main drivers of change and factors that can enhance or inhibit the role and use of technologies within health care.

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    Exploring the link between nature and mental health

    21 May 2019

    Researchers found emerging evidence of the positive association between being in a natural environment or engaging with nature-based interventions on the one hand, and improvement in mental health on the other.