RAND Europe is developing and maintaining an updated list of conflict-affected and high-risk areas to facilitate the calibration of due diligence efforts made by EU importers of specific metals and minerals.
An increase in intimate partner violence has been a worrying consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers are working to identify promising measures for protecting and supporting women victims and their children, both during and in the aftermath of lockdown measures.
To understand the role of the EU in supporting the labour market participation of parents with young children, as well as to identify possible ways to strengthen it in the future, RAND Europe, PPMI and IBS are exploring which incentives are effective in encouraging parents to return to the labour market after parental leave.
A case study on the use of body worn cameras by police forces in the UK offers an example of how governments can potentially take advantage of emerging digital technologies to address systemic challenges.
RAND Europe and Open Evidence examined the extent to which remote voting solutions—particularly internet voting—are employed in the European member states. The research identified the costs, risks and challenges associated with seven remote voting options.
To inform future strategies and possible actions for the EU, researchers are examining how children participate in decision-making processes across the EU — including at the member state and local level — highlighting both challenges and opportunities for improvement.
The European Parliament is exploring legislation around pay-transparency measures. Such measures have a clear potential to address unjustified or discriminatory wage gaps, but certain disadvantages need to be considered in implementing them.
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.
To help policymakers address the infiltration of the economy by serious and organised crime, researchers are analysing the economic value of illicit markets in the EU, alongside the factors which enable organised crime groups to access these criminal finances.
RAND Europe is providing research and support for the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) for the assessment of new technologies for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control over the next two years.
In support of the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy, researchers are examining various aspects of the relationships between platforms and their business users: terms and conditions, ranking of search engine results by algorithms, pricing, access to data by platforms, and more.
Social media data may help decisionmakers to 'nowcast' migration flows and stocks of migrants. A team of researchers attempted to develop a method of measuring real-time mobility and migration. The results of the study were promising.
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.
Electronic health records (EHR) data could greatly help infectious disease surveillance, but their use varies across Europe. Researchers are mapping EHR use to assess the feasibility of using EHR data for infectious disease surveillance.
Researchers are examining the availability of point-of-care testing (POCT) devices to diagnose the 56 communicable diseases and related health issues currently under EU surveillance, and mapping trends in the use of POCT in Europe.
To help European decision-makers improve the level of response to intimate partner violence, RAND Europe and Oxford Research are examining the factors which encourage witnesses of intimate partner violence to report to the police or other relevant authorities.
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.
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.