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  • 3d render of a cryptocurrencty exchange rate panel. Photo by lucadp/AdobeStock

    Disruptive money: Exploring the future of corporate cryptocurrency

    21 Jul 2022

    This project will lay out a framework for considering the public/private balance of benefit and risk in managing money globally as corporate cryptocurrencies attempt to surmount numerous barriers.

  • Chinese flag in background of outlines of sun power, wind generators, atomic and coal power plants, and electric lines on poles. Photo by Photo by Dancing Man/AdobeStock

    Exploring the security implications of a Chinese developed and governed transcontinental power grid

    21 Jul 2022

    Researchers from RAND Europe and RAND Corporation will assess global security risks stemming from a potential Chinese developed and governed Global Energy Interconnection that would directly connect renewable producers to consumers around the globe.

  • 3-D rendering of a black swan among white swans, image by Andreas Prott/Adobe Stock

    Securing future defence supply chains against Black Swan disruptions

    21 Jul 2022

    Supply chains are highly vulnerable to events that are unexpected and difficult to plan for but may have far-reaching and catastrophic consequences. Researchers will explore how to design resilient defence supply chains that are secure from these 'Black Swan' events.

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    Examining corruption at two of Europe's gateways

    21 Jul 2022

    Researchers are examining corruption in relation to subversive crime at Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam, two facilities in the Netherlands that form a gateway to the European market.

  • Young students conduct a planting experiment in science laboratory class

    Evaluating Primary Science Quality Mark

    15 Jul 2022

    A randomised controlled trial (RCT) evaluating the impact of PSQM sought to understand the impact of the intervention on pupils and teachers. The study also examined how the intervention is implemented.

  • Hands holding seedlings, implying modern sustainable agriculture, photo by Worawut/Adobe Stock

    Developing future scenarios for the sustainable use of pesticides

    12 Jul 2022

    There is a complex landscape surrounding pesticide use, which needs to be addressed holistically across all contexts, including political, legal, economic, societal, technological and environmental. The inherent variation across regions must also be considered, in an increasingly globalised context.

  • Closeup of doctor pouring eyedrops in dog's eye at veterinary clinic, photo by moodboard/Adobe Stock

    Veterinary under care and 24/7 emergency care review

    07 Jul 2022

    Veterinarians in the UK sometimes differ on how the business of providing care should be regulated. The differences often come down to the practicalities and consequences of implementing regulations, which RCVS wants to help clarify.

  • Spreadsheets and medicine, photo by sharaku1216/Adobe Stock

    Understanding the financial ecosystem surrounding the development of medicines

    23 Jun 2022

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

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    Exploring the opportunities and challenges of research engagement with China

    22 Jun 2022

    An independent and evidence-based study into UK academics' research engagement with China explored how and why UK academics engage with China on joint research activities with the goal of better understanding how UK research organisations manage any resulting risks.

  • Afghanistan National Army 1st Sgt. Najibullah Bakht Beland addresses the concerns of local elders near the first observation post 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, set up in Southern Shorshork, Helmand province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation New Dawn, photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga, USMC/Public Domain

    Human security and the 2022 NATO Strategic Concept

    15 Jun 2022

    RAND Europe brought together over forty experts from across military, government, academia, think tanks, and civil society for a seminar to explore the concept of human security and its applications at NATO now and in the future.

  • Home-grown cannabis, photo by Gerardo Colman Lerner/Adobe Stock

    Analysis of non-profit models of cannabis regulation

    06 Jun 2022

    The Swiss Federal Office for Public Health has commissioned RAND researchers to provide an overview of non-commercial regulation models for cannabis.

  • Asian baby with a breathing device, photo by mikumistock/Adobe Stock

    The impact of respiratory syncytial virus on the NHS, society and economy in the UK

    31 May 2022

    Researchers estimate the total economic impact of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to be around £80 million each year, based on a rapid evidence assessment to model the disease's wider societal and economic burden in the UK.

  • Close-up on a blue open sign in the window of a shop displaying the message: Staff wanted., photo by BreizhAtao/Adobe Stock

    Assessing labour market and skills demand via horizon scanning and future scenarios

    31 May 2022

    A horizon scan of the UK labour market identified key drivers and emerging trends, and created scenarios of what the labour market could look like in the future. Researchers found that education and training systems need to teach broad concepts and foundation skills and that digital skills are critical to the future of most jobs.

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    Occupational safety and health: understanding decision making and the role of evidence

    23 May 2022

    Occupational accidents, illness, and fatalities are a major cause for concern in high- and low-income countries. Researchers are conducting a study to better understand how evidence is used, or not used, when taking decisions related to health and safety.

  • Young woman suffering from back pain in office. Photo by New Africa/AdobeStock

    Understanding the evidence on the impacts of COVID-19 on work-related musculoskeletal disorders

    17 May 2022

    Changes to working practices and environments due to the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected exposure to known work-related musculoskeletal disorder (WRMSD) risk factors. Researchers aim to understand this changing world of work, the effect on WRMSDs and post-pandemic considerations for WRMSDs.

  • Puzzle with flags of Netherlands and the UK, photo by luzitanija/Adobe Stock

    How the Dutch approached Brexit

    17 May 2022

    Britain's departure from the EU, or Brexit, has had a considerable impact for the Netherlands. Researchers are conducting an independent evaluation of the Dutch government's response to Brexit.

  • Marijuana leaf and stethoscope. Photo by amedeoemaja/AdobeStock

    New insights into the medical use of cannabis

    17 May 2022

    Researchers are examining the latest developments and available evidence concerning the medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

  • Magnifying glass over map of Europe, photo by amazing studio/Adobe Stock

    Truth Decay in Europe

    17 May 2022

    Using the framework of RAND's original 2018 Truth Decay study, which focused on the United States, researchers uncovered evidence for the trends, drivers and consequences of Truth Decay in Europe. As the phenomenon is less pervasive than in the US, however, they also suggest actions to slow its growth.

  • Multi-ethnic group of young people sitting in circle and sharing ideas during class in college, photo by Seventyfour/Adobe Stock

    Evaluation of the Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforce (APST)

    10 May 2022

    The Department for Education's two-year pilot APST aims to reduce serious youth violence and improve pupil outcome among students in alternative provision settings. Researchers are conducting a process evaluation of the project over the course of the pilot.

  • Finger pointing to artificial intelligence illustration, photo by Sikov/Adobe Stock

    Exploring ways to regulate and build trust in AI

    25 Apr 2022

    Researchers brought together evidence on the use of labelling initiatives, codes of conduct and other voluntary, self-regulatory mechanisms for the ethical and safe development of artificial intelligence systems.

  • British troops remembering the fallen in Afghanistan, photo by Corporal Andrew Morris (RAF)/Crown Copyright

    Understanding the lived experience of non-UK veterans

    15 Apr 2022

    To help the UK Office for Veterans’ Affairs develop policies that support former Service personnel who come from outside of the UK, researchers are interviewing members of the community to understand their needs and experiences.

  • An insurance professional reviewing the details of the contract with an elderly man

    The impact of predictive genetic tests on the insurance industry

    08 Apr 2022

    Researchers developed a framework for evaluating the potential effects of predictive genetic tests on the UK insurance industry. The framework provides a transparent approach for evaluating whether a specific condition for which a test is available could impact the insurance industry and understanding the key factors that influence this.

  • Warehouse employee sneezing while feeling ill, Photo by Chris Joubert, StratfordProductions/Adobe Stock

    The indirect economic and societal burden of seasonal influenza on the UK

    29 Mar 2022

    In 2019, absenteeism and presenteeism cost the UK economy almost £92 billion because of ill-health, but the economic burden specific to seasonal influenza is not well understood. Researchers are exploring the indirect economic and societal burden of seasonal influenza, including its effects on the UK healthcare system.

  • The socioeconomic impact of poor indoor climate on health and life satisfaction

    22 Mar 2022

    Poor indoor climate can result in a higher risk of health and wellbeing disorders, especially in children, the elderly and those with existing health conditions. Exposure of Europeans to damp, mould, and insufficient daylight in residential buildings could cost €53 billion over the next 30 years.

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    Reviewing the evidence in key areas for the UK Department of Work and Pensions

    21 Mar 2022

    To inform policy and practice for DWP and other policymakers, researchers are conducting evidence reviews on effective contracting of employment and health services, digitalising welfare services, understanding state pension age systems, understanding household formation and preventing living-together fraud, and understanding the effectiveness of interventions to promote in-work progression.