Summaries of Completed Research

  • Increasing Transparency and Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    01 Aug 2017

    To promote trust and confidence in the European Food Safety Authority's risk assessment process, RAND Europe and partners created an impact assessment methodology and identified at least five measures EFSA should pursue.

  • Dark Web Enables Illegal Arms Trade in Europe

    20 Jul 2017

    The dark web is an enabler for the circulation of illegal weapons already on the black market, as well as a potential source of diversion for legally owned weapons. Although the arms trade is small in volume compared to other products trafficked online, its potential impact on international security is significant.

  • What Sort of Brexit Do the British People Want?

    14 Jul 2017

    The British public place the greatest value on the ability to make trade deals and having access to the Single Market for trade of goods and services after Brexit, more so than restricting freedom of movement, increasing UK sovereignty and reducing EU contributions.

  • Lessons for Advancing Community Hospitals

    12 Jul 2017

    Community hospitals could be better integrated into the NHS England healthcare system to offer an effective and efficient alternative to acute hospitals and to provide health and social care closer to people’s homes. However, there is limited evidence on the cost effectiveness of community hospitals.

  • Assessing the Outputs from European Research Council-funded Projects

    07 Jul 2017

    RAND Europe and OST carried out a comprehensive scientometric assessment of the outputs of ERC grants – the first time that a full analysis of the ERC’s funded research has been conducted in this way.

  • Democracy & Rule of Law Programmes Offer Value for Money

    14 Jun 2017

    An analytical study of EU programmes to support democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms found that they had clear objectives and offered value for money that the European Commission invests.

  • Providing Medical Support to Light Footprint Operations

    09 Jun 2017

    Within the European Common Security and Defence Policy context, many challenges preclude providing effective medical support to Light Footprint Operations. Improving standards for greater interoperability is one of many recommendations.

  • Migration Programme for Ireland Had Positive Impacts

    31 May 2017

    An evaluation of The Atlantic Philanthropies' Migration Programme for Ireland found that the efforts funded by the programme's grants resulted in a more robust and professional network of organisations working more strategically and collaboratively to achieve a common goal of improving the lives of migrants in Ireland.

  • Companies Should Measure the ROI for Preventive Healthcare Programmes

    30 May 2017

    Only a small amount of pharmaceutical companies measure the return on investment of their workplace health promotion programmes in a systematic manner, but data from GSK clearly demonstrates the potential business case for companies to invest in the health and wellbeing of its workforce.

  • The Potential Role of Standards in Supporting the Growth of DLT/Blockchain

    11 May 2017

    Distributed ledger technologies including Blockchain present many opportunities as well as challenges. RAND Europe highlighted a set of priority areas that may require future standardisation to support the technology's growth.

  • Supporting Brazilian Regulation to Encourage Private Investment

    09 May 2017

    Regulatory frameworks enable a business environment that encourages private investment. Researchers prepared a roadmap for logistics infrastructure investments for the Brazilian Ministries of Planning and Finance.

  • Understanding Researcher Mobility

    04 May 2017

    A study for the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science, determined that professional motivations are the main drivers of researcher mobility and that most researchers feel there is an expectation that they be internationally mobile.

  • Mapping MOOCs4Inclusion

    28 Apr 2017

    As part of the MOOCs4Inclusion research team, RAND Europe contributed to a literature review to identify recent research on the use of free digital learning by migrants and refugees in the EU and neighbouring countries.

  • Exploring and Communicating the Value of Health Data

    27 Apr 2017

    Health data could provide a variety of social and economic benefits to the health system, including quality gains for both healthcare delivery and health research and innovation. However, societal and technical challenges to value capture must first be addressed.

  • Understanding the Demand for Rail Travel in the UK

    27 Apr 2017

    An analysis of the National Travel Survey allowed researchers to quantify the impact of external socio-economic factors on rail demand. Application of the improved models for forecasting purposes requires the collation of socio-economic and demographic forecast data at an appropriately granular level.

  • Analysing the Impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    18 Apr 2017

    Public Health England commissioned an analysis of the take-up and impact of the Workplace Wellbeing Charter; the end product includes a set of case studies to help strengthen and expand the evidence base that underpins the Charter.

  • Attracting and Retaining Teachers in Cambridgeshire

    20 Mar 2017

    Teacher shortages could be a real and imminent threat in Cambridgeshire unless more new secondary school teachers are attracted and retained. The region should explore the association between teachers’ working and living conditions, why not enough teachers are attracted to work in Cambridgeshire and why teachers are leaving the profession.

  • Monitoring Open Science Trends in Europe

    20 Mar 2017

    To track Open Science trends in Europe and identify the main drivers, incentives and constraints on its evolution, RAND Europe worked with Deloitte, Observatoire des Sciences et des Technologies (OST), Altmetric and Digital Science to develop a web-based monitor for the European Commission.

  • EU Should Renew Current Action Plan on Drugs

    15 Mar 2017

    To ensure that the objectives of the EU Drugs Strategy are achieved by 2020, the European Commission should renew its EU Action Plan on Drugs for the period 2017–2020 and continue to translate the current plan's high-level objectives into concrete action.

  • Defence Equipment Cost Escalation Requires Response Strategies

    08 Mar 2017

    The challenge of affordability is shaping the defence acquisition environment in most Western countries. Researchers identified several strategies that are transferrable from one country to another and from civil sectors to defence.

  • Measuring Economies of Scope and Scale in Biomedical and Health Research

    06 Mar 2017

    Researchers investigated the extent to which there are economies of scope and/or scale in medical research. For example, is it better to support research in only a few places, and have staff colocated? The role of both human and physical assets and interactions were examined.

  • Defence and Security after Brexit

    06 Mar 2017

    Brexit may pose more immediate challenges to UK and European security rather than to defence. However, both are likely to be subject to long-term uncertainty.

  • Mediterranean Foresight Forum

    26 Jan 2017

    The Mediterranean Foresight Forum (MFF) was a RAND-funded effort to monitor current affairs, analyse future scenarios and simulate policy options to support the implementation of comprehensive responses to complex challenges in the Mediterranean region.

  • Evaluating the Impact of Oxford's Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

    26 Jan 2017

    RAND Europe and the Office of Health Economics evaluated the local impacts of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre on local hospital care, research and industry.

  • Accounting for Missing Data in the Second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England

    09 Jan 2017

    The Department for Education commissioned RAND Europe to provide a statistically robust, unbiased, and consistent approach to account for missing Key Stage 2 data in the LSYPE2 cohort. The final report balances the need for practical solutions for analysts with the desire to exhaustively explore options for dealing with the missing data.