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    Identifying an approach to measure the illicit market for tobacco

    11 May 2021

    To capture the total volume of the illicit tobacco trade in the EU and member states, as well as distinguish between the legal and illegal market, types of tobacco products, and types of illicit trade, researchers propose a combination of five methods and three cross-validating resources.

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    Measuring the use and value of Auckland Council amenities

    10 May 2021

    An online survey and series of interviews of Auckland residents revealed the majority want better access to neighbourhood parks and libraries, among other amenities, in some cases even if they don't necessarily use them.

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    Case studies examine early childhood development interventions at scale

    10 May 2021

    Researchers are developing case studies on ‘what works’ in early childhood development at scale, ensuring efforts are systematically captured, assessed and available for other governments, practitioners and foundations to use. Research to date has focused on Israel, the Netherlands, and Peru.

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    Insights from the Bin Laden Archive

    05 May 2021

    An analysis of the contents of Osama Bin Laden's archive, conducted at the request of the Dutch government, uncovered a promising text cluster that could help generate novel insights and knowledge about Al Qa’ida during follow-on research.

  • Reservists from 7 Battalion, The Rifles Reinforcing a Dam During Flooding, photo by Cpl Richard Cave LBPPA/Defence Images

    Crisis response in a changing climate

    04 May 2021

    Researchers identified climate change challenges likely to emerge and propose five concrete policy actions that the UK Ministry of Defence could take to mitigate the impact of climate change on crisis response situations.

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    Supporting prioritisation and evaluation of mental health funding related to urgent and emergency care

    30 Apr 2021

    Researchers produced a guide to help local NHS systems and partnerships determine spending and planning priorities and then evaluate selected projects for mental health urgent and emergency care.

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    Evaluating the progress and impacts of the COG-UK consortium

    16 Apr 2021

    The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium has commissioned RAND Europe to evaluate its progress and impact, to provide learning and insights that should be relevant for future efforts to link genomics research with public health decision-making needs.

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    Liaison and Diversion services save money through reduced sentencing

    12 Apr 2021

    An evaluation of NHS England's Liaison and Diversion programme found that it successfully engages people with a broad range of vulnerabilities and halves their likelihood of receiving a custodial sentence.

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    How AI can support the European Border and Coast Guard

    29 Mar 2021

    Three baseline gaps should be addressed to maximise the opportunities provided by artificial intelligence in European border security: knowledge gaps between stakeholder groups; organisational, structural, cultural and expertise gaps; and broader gaps in the evidence base.

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    Evaluating individual placement and support (IPS) and the IPS Grow initiative

    24 Mar 2021

    IPS Grow aims to speed the implementation of high-quality individual placement and support for people with serious mental illness to find employment. A programme evaluation found that the support provided by IPS Grow Regional Leads and networking available through Communities of Practice were particularly helpful.

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    Assessing the economic value of illicit markets in the EU

    22 Mar 2021

    The aggregate annual revenues of the nine main criminal markets in the EU ranged from €92 to €188 billion in 2019, according to research that examined the scale, actors, modus operandi and trends in these markets.

  • Military personnel meeting in computing facility, photo by Gorodenkoff Productions OU/Adobe Stock

    Creating operational advantage through military diversity

    15 Mar 2021

    Advances in technology have made warfighting more complex and the range of skills required more diverse. Researchers are examining how increasing workforce diversity may create strategic opportunities for military organisations.

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    Can workplace financial interventions support the mental health of young adults?

    08 Mar 2021

    Participation in workplace financial wellbeing interventions is associated with better mental health, particularly amongst certain subgroups of workers, according to survey data from healthiest workplace competitions.

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    The childcare gap in EU member states

    08 Mar 2021

    In many EU member states, there is a period in which families with young children are unable to benefit from well-compensated childcare leave or a guaranteed place in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Researchers examined policies in place to address this childcare gap.

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    Examining COVID-19 and intimate partner violence

    08 Mar 2021

    Researchers identified 27 practices that—to varying degrees—have ensured the continuity, accessibility and sustainability of support to women victims during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Identifying patterns and factors affecting adoption of electric vehicles across the UK

    01 Mar 2021

    Researchers examined patterns of electric vehicles adoption across the country to help locate areas where investment in electric repair and servicing skills is needed.

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    Developing a New Transport Demand Model for the London Area

    01 Mar 2021

    With rising populations in London leading to higher demand on road and transport networks, Transport for London asked researchers to develop a new strategic travel model for London, which will be used to develop strategic land use and transport policy scenarios to assist with future investment in London’s transport systems.

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    Examining child participation in EU political and democratic life

    22 Feb 2021

    An examination of how children participate in decision-making processes across the EU — including at the member state and local level — highlights both challenges and opportunities for improvement. The most successful schemes to promote children’s participation are inclusive, impactful and child-led, but societal views and attitudes can present barriers.

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    Sexuality education across the European Union

    22 Feb 2021

    This policy memo maps the existing evidence and research on the nature of sexuality education that young people across the European Union receive.

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    Analysing the relationship between Sparx Maths and maths outcomes

    16 Feb 2021

    Time spent using and actively working in Sparx Maths is positively and significantly associated with higher outcomes in maths for all students, but access alone — ignoring usage — did not have any effects.

  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing in petri dish, photo by  jarun011/Adobe Stock

    Understanding industry contributions to the fight against antimicrobial resistance

    12 Feb 2021

    The AMR Industry Alliance brings together over 100 biotechnology, diagnostic, generics and research-based biopharmaceutical companies and trade associations in the fight against AMR. RAND Europe has been commissioned by the AMR Industry Alliance to assess the progress of its members in contributing to tackling AMR.

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    Understanding the financial ecosystem surrounding the development of medicines

    12 Feb 2021

    To enable governments to make more informed policy decisions that optimise value for their citizens, while at the same time appropriately reimbursing innovators, researchers are exploring the evidence base on how medicines R&D is financed and how this may evolve in the future.

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    Children and mental health: Preventive approaches to anxiety and depression

    10 Feb 2021

    A summary of findings from twelve systematic reviews and meta-analyses on interventions aimed at preventing the development of anxiety and depression in children. The research note discusses what works well and what areas require further research before definite conclusions about their effectiveness can be drawn.

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    Discrete choice experiment helps explain teacher retention in England

    09 Feb 2021

    Results of a stated preference survey of teachers in England show which job characteristics matter most to them and the trade-offs they would be willing to make between pay and other characteristics of the work environment.

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    Protecting human rights in the digital age

    01 Feb 2021

    The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a study aimed at identifying and scoping impactful ideas for interventions and activities to foster and protect human rights and fundamental freedoms online.