RAND Europe Research

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Latest Research

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    Future scenarios of the Credit Information Market

    29 Jul 2021

    Researchers identified four plausible scenarios of how the credit information market might develop in five to ten years’ time, as well as five key drivers of change.

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    Evaluating language skills outcomes in Group Triple P

    27 Jul 2021

    Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, offers individual and group interventions in early years settings. Nursery staff and parents perceived a reduction in problem behaviours and a modest improvement in children’s language ability because of parent participation.

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    Combatting psychological violence against women across the EU

    23 Jul 2021

    Commissioned by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), researchers are conducting a study to help strengthen the institutional capacity of the EU and member states to combat psychological violence against women and coercive control.

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    The challenges and opportunities of strategic airlift in Africa

    22 Jul 2021

    A complex mix of global and geographically specific challenges inhibit the coordination and optimisation for airlift into the African theatre. Researchers explored the potential use of other modes of transport to create multi-modal solutions.

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    Investigating the impact of the Armed Forces Covenant

    21 Jul 2021

    The third instalment of FiMT’s ‘Our Community Our Covenant’ reports, this project will provide new evidence in three key areas and also explore the impact COVID-19 may have had on the Armed Forces Community.

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    Decarbonising UK transport

    15 Jul 2021

    A series of seven roadmaps for decarbonising domestic transport in the UK informed the UK Government’s 2021 Transport Decarbonisation Plan. These roadmaps address: cars and light goods vehicles; buses; coaches; heavy goods vehicles; rail; domestic shipping; and domestic aviation

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    Understanding the reasons for domestic tourism

    15 Jul 2021

    Domestic tourism benefits both the broader UK economy as well as businesses within a specific destination. To help understand the factors that influence people’s decisions to take domestic holidays, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) commissioned RAND Europe to examine the impact of publicly funded domestic tourism marketing.

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    Understanding the contribution of defence to UK prosperity

    14 Jul 2021

    To help the UK Ministry of Defence in establishing a quantifiable measure of defence contribution to UK prosperity, researchers examined five methodologies, delivered pilot studies to assess them, and recommended how they could be developed further.

  • Understanding the Value of Defence: Towards a Defence Value Proposition for the UK

    13 Jul 2021

    Defence delivers value to society in a variety of direct and indirect forms, beyond the immediate benefits of protection against security threats. The UK Defence Value Proposition covers a range of interconnected components, each providing value in a different way.

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    Understanding the value of defence

    13 Jul 2021

    Because various factors affect how different groups view the value of defence, researchers recommend six actions to help the UK defence establishment articulate a more compelling value proposition to multiple audiences.

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    Evaluating the Children and Young People's Mental Health Trailblazer programme

    12 Jul 2021

    An early evaluation of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Trailblazer programme examines the development, implementation and early progress of the 25 mental health support teams created as the first step of the programme.

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    Productivity challenges and UK defence supply chains

    06 Jul 2021

    Researchers identified six cross-cutting challenges and barriers faced by small and medium-sized companies attempting to enter and operate in the UK’s defence market.

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    Examining hateful extremism within society during COVID-19

    02 Jul 2021

    An exploration of the links between hateful extremism and false information identified online interventions and policy responses and suggested policy considerations and areas that would benefit from further exploration.

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    Assessing the challenges in UK defence equipment acquisition

    24 Jun 2021

    Three broad drivers of common defence programme cost and schedule problems could be mitigated by establishing effective challenge processes, professionalising certain job functions, driving a focus on risk management and understanding, and embedding clear lessons-learned processes.

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    Strengthening and empowering the delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant

    22 Jun 2021

    Researchers are evaluating the impact of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust's Strengthening Delivery Programme (SDP), which provides grants to help local authorities improve the consistency of local delivery of the Covenant.

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    Case studies examine early childhood development interventions at scale

    22 Jun 2021

    Researchers developed case studies on ‘what works’ in early childhood development at scale in the Netherlands, Israel, Peru, and Brazil. They ensured that efforts were systematically captured, assessed and available for other governments, practitioners and foundations to use.

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    Examining the digital skills gap

    21 Jun 2021

    Researchers are conducting a macro-level analysis of the key trends that drive the digital skills gap and are looking at the evidence to see what practical steps are being taken to address this challenge and potentially ‘close’ the gap.

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    Supporting the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy

    09 Jun 2021

    In support of the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy, researchers produced two analytical papers discussing issues relating to approaches taken to identify online platforms with significant market power and developments concerning business-to-business platforms, and emerging cloud services.

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    Benefits of extracurricular activities for children

    09 Jun 2021

    Extracurricular activities are generally viewed as a way to enable children to become active citizens in their community and develop soft skills. This research note summarises the existing evidence on their benefits, their ability to support social inclusion, and the ways providers can support disadvantaged children to access them.

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    Improving working conditions using artificial intelligence

    08 Jun 2021

    Increasing investment in technology and computer literacy, and updating existing labour market and employment rules and regulations, could enable AI to reduce human exposure to harmful and hazardous workplace conditions and create more quality and decent jobs.

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    Insights into the health and wellbeing of Canadian workers

    04 Jun 2021

    RAND Europe researchers analysed data from 70 Canadian organisations and 7,251 employees that participated in Wellness Report surveys on employee lifestyle, mental health and other areas of concern. The reports assess the associated impact these areas have on health and productivity.

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    Reviewing the work and health research landscape

    28 May 2021

    Researchers are examining landscape of funding for research on health and employment in the UK to help the Work and Health Unit (a joint unit between DHSC and the Department for Work and Pensions) in formulating future research strategies.

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    Assessing the consistency of UK climate risk approaches with new ISO guidelines

    28 May 2021

    Research for the UK Climate Resilience Programme aims to help organisations in the UK determine which guidance documents are most appropriate for their purposes and whether existing documents might be updated to reduce inconsistencies with ISO guidelines and strengthen weaknesses.

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    Evaluating England's youth employment infrastructure

    25 May 2021

    The youth employment sector in England has gone through substantial changes over the last several years, in part due to underfunding, structural changes and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. RAND Europe is studying the role of infrastructure organisations in strengthening the sector.

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    Developing future scenarios for the sustainable use of pesticides

    12 May 2021

    To help the EU formulate an appropriate policy trajectory to accomplish its ambitious pesticide reduction targets, researchers are conducting a foresight study for the sustainable use of pesticides in relation to promoting sustainable food systems and protecting health and the environment.