Current Research Projects

  • Reviewing the Hong Kong Research Grants Council

    06 Jan 2017

    The Hong Kong University Grants Committee has appointed RAND Europe to help with the initial phase of a review of the Research Grants Council, to ensure funding is used and managed efficiently and meets the needs of Hong Kong.

  • The Contribution of UK Public Health Research to Clinical Guidelines

    06 Jan 2017

    The Department of Health commissioned RAND Europe to measure and characterise the contribution of UK public health research to UK clinical guidelines. The project team was also asked to carry out a comparison with other areas of healthcare and across different areas of public health such as smoking, alcohol abuse, skin cancers, physical activity and obesity

  • RAND Europe Focus on HIV/AIDS

    30 Nov 2016

    Policy responses and decision making around HIV/AIDS must be informed by rigorous analysis. With funding and support from a range of public and private organisations, RAND Europe has conducted a number of studies examining and evaluating HIV/AIDS research, prevention and treatment strategies.

  • ImpactFinder Helps Universities Measure the Impact of their Research

    20 Nov 2016

    Since 2014, UK Higher Education Funding Councils have used the Research Excellence Framework to assess the quality and impact of a university's research before providing further funding. ImpactFinder helps universities manage their research funding submissions and identify and review impact case studies.

  • Exploring Community-Based Social Innovations (CBSIs) for Healthy Ageing

    08 Nov 2016

    Researchers are examining how CBSIs are functioning across a number of rapidly ageing countries. Documenting the policies, programmes and health system factors underpinning their success will help to ensure greater sustainability and integration of services.

  • Evaluating Digital Feedback in Primary Maths

    04 Nov 2016

    The Kyra School Alliance seeks to maximise the impact of teachers’ feedback on pupils’ outcome through the use of video. Researchers are conducting an efficiency trial of this intervention along with a process evaluation to understand how the intervention improves pupil outcomes.

  • RCT to Evaluate the Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants Programme

    03 Nov 2016

    Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) aims to develop ways in which UK teaching assistants can improve students’ outcomes. An efficacy randomised control trial will evaluate whether, under ideal conditions, the programme has a positive impact.

  • Reforming NATO's Cyber Acquisition Process

    26 Oct 2016

    NATO's cyber acquisition process must be adaptive, capable of attracting new entrants and incorporating new technologies. This project aims to define the challenges NATO faces in adjusting its cyber capability development and acquisition processes and make recommendations on how to address them.

  • Focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    06 Oct 2016

    RAND Europe’s growing work in the field of mental health and wellbeing draws on expertise from across a range of disciplines and methodological backgrounds to bring an innovative perspective to our projects. In particular, our well-established reputation in healthcare research is complemented by extensive science policy expertise, particularly in the field of research evaluation.

  • Understanding How Organisations Ensure Fair Decision Making

    30 Sep 2016

    The General Medical Council has asked RAND Europe to identify relevant lessons from multiple sectors in the UK where professionals make complex, high-impact decisions in a regulatory context. Researchers are investigating the tools, practices and processes used by organisations in the healthcare regulation, legal regulation and defence and security sectors.

  • Developing a Toolbox for the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre Maturity Model

    16 Aug 2016

    The Cyber Security Capability Maturity Model allows organisations to map and assess maturity to achieve a healthy and resilient national cyber ecosystem. A new toolbox will aim to help policymakers identify priority areas for intervention to strengthen cyber capabilities.

  • Evaluating Sentencing Council Guidelines for Drug and Theft Offences

    20 Jun 2016

    The Sentencing Council has asked RAND Europe to assess whether sentencing guidelines for specific drug and theft offences in England and Wales have an impact on sentencing outcomes and whether there are any issues with their implementation.

  • Exploring the Hybrid Governance of Cyberspace

    15 Jun 2016

    The governance of cyberspace could plausibly develop in one of at least two ways: instrumental 'governance by design' on the one hand and evolutionary 'governance by practice' on the other. RAND Europe was commissioned by Microsoft to address the question of whether norms can be governed and if so, how.

  • Would the EU Benefit from Common Liability Rules for Autonomous Vehicles?

    14 Jun 2016

    Researchers are exploring potential impacts of AVs on European car manufacturers, the insurance industry, connected industries and markets, and those who provide public provision of services and supervise compliance.

  • Evaluating the Improving Flow Programme

    08 Jun 2016

    To help improve patient flow through the healthcare system, researchers are evaluating a novel programme that applies team coaching skills and improvement science at the care pathway level.

  • Pre-Evaluation of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) Programme

    06 Jun 2016

    A scoping exercise will help plan and prepare for a more systematic and complete evaluation of the Health Innovation Network's Communities of Practice, while also providing immediate evidence to help CoPs improve their effectiveness.

  • Exploring Funding Options for the NHS and Social Care in the UK

    03 Jun 2016

    To improve the quality of debate on the long-term funding of health and social care in the four countries of the UK, the Health Foundation has commissioned RAND Europe to carry out research on the public acceptability of different funding models.

  • Using Ambulance Data for Injury Surveillance

    02 Jun 2016

    West Midlands Police, with support from RAND Europe, the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, is evaluating the use of ambulance data to support injury surveillance and violence reduction.

  • Updating the 'Vitality Age' Calculator

    01 Jun 2016

    The Vitality Age Calculator is an online tool that gives users a ‘snapshot’ of their overall health based on lifestyle choices and clinical factors. RAND Europe is helping Vitality UK to update their underlying calculations.

  • Evaluating the Accelerated Reader Scheme

    11 Apr 2016

    An evaluation of Renaissance Learning's AR scheme will explore whether the programme has a positive effect on the reading comprehension of randomly assigned pupils, particularly those who are eligible for free school meals.

  • Implementing the OECD Starting Strong Survey

    08 Apr 2016

    RAND Europe is leading the development of a survey for the OECD which aims to fill key international and national data gaps on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) staff, their professional development, teaching/playing, the ECEC environment and the impact that staff can have on children in their care.

  • Helping the NHS Evaluate and Promote the Health of its Workforce

    05 Apr 2016

    A comprehensive survey of staff health and wellbeing at a selection of NHS organisations will map in detail the physical and mental health of NHS staff as well as their perceptions of existing work-wellbeing initiatives and organisational culture.

  • Supporting the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment in Morocco

    04 Apr 2016

    As part of a larger OECD effort, RAND Europe researchers will analyse the strengths and challenges of Morocco's current approach for teacher appraisal and provide actionable policy recommendations and advice for implementing improvements.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    31 Mar 2016

    A research team from RAND Europe and several other organisations are evaluating the role of EU-funded R&D into poverty-related and neglected diseases, in particular examining contributions to achieving universal health coverage and improving population health in low and middle-income countries.

  • Innovation in the NHS: Strategies for Future Sustainability and Impact

    30 Mar 2016

    To provide specific and actionable lessons and to help improve the innovation process, its outcomes, and impacts on population health, researchers from RAND Europe and the University of Manchester are exploring the different ways innovation occurs in National Health Service organisations.