Current Research Projects

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    Supporting the Observatory on the Online Platform Economy

    14 Jan 2020

    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.

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    How AI can support the European Border and Coast Guard

    06 Jan 2020

    Researchers are exploring how Frontex, Europe's border and coast guard agency, can maximise the opportunity provided by artificial intelligence to support the management of the EU's external borders.

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    Examining the quality of career guidance in Cambridgeshire

    09 Dec 2019

    Through an online survey of all secondary schools and colleges in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, interviews with providers of careers advice services, and cross-analysis, researchers are aiming to gain a better understanding of the current landscape of career guidance provision

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    Supporting the Asia's Healthiest Workplace Competition

    02 Dec 2019

    For three years, RAND Europe has supported AIA Vitality's contest. Doing so enables researchers to explore the health trends—employee lifestyle, clinical indicators, mental health and other areas of concern—among participating Asia-Pacific workplaces.

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    Improving the financial stability of military families in the UK

    28 Nov 2019

    To examine the factors that may affect the financial stability of current and former UK Service personnel and their families, RAND Europe and the Army Families Federation are conducting a 10-month study on behalf of the Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT).

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    Britain's Healthiest Workplace survey findings

    25 Nov 2019

    Absence and presenteeism accounts for an average of 38 days' lost productivity per employee per year, marking an upward trend in lost productivity since 2014, when the number was only 23 days.

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    Evaluating the Wellbeing Premium Programme

    29 Oct 2019

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often find it hard to invest in the health and wellbeing of their employees, or do not invest at all. Researchers are evaluating a randomised controlled trial of a financial incentive programme to improve employee health and wellbeing in SMEs in the West Midlands.

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    What factors facilitate witness reporting of intimate partner violence?

    28 Oct 2019

    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.

  • Global Strategic Partnership helps to inform UK Defence

    17 Oct 2019

    The Global Strategic Partnership (GSP), a consortium that spans research, academia and industry and is led by RAND Europe, provides ongoing academic and analytical support to the UK Ministry of Defence’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre.

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    Making outcome-based payment a reality in the NHS: Phase 2

    11 Oct 2019

    To prepare for the implementation of a pilot scheme to pay for cancer drugs based on achieved outcomes, researchers are addressing issues identified in the first phase of research, such as the quality and completeness of real-world data on key patient outcomes.

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    Practices and combinations of practices for health and wellbeing at work

    29 Aug 2019

    Researchers are examining the factors that enable or hinder the implementation of workplace health and wellbeing practices. The research will consider whether certain combinations of practices are more effective than other combinations, or effective for some types of organisations and not others.

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    Examining quality improvement in the veterinary sector

    25 Jul 2019

    The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) Knowledge, with the support of its Quality Improvement (QI) Advisory Board, has commissioned RAND Europe to conduct an independent study into QI in the veterinary sector, including the current status of QI and what could be done, and by whom, in the near future to support the embedding of QI in the sector.

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    Consumer behaviours and attitudes to food in the UK

    18 Jul 2019

    A rapid evidence assessment of consumer behaviours and attitudes to food in the UK aims to offer a nuanced examination and evaluation of the drivers behind UK food purchasing and consumption.

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    Understanding the impact of peer-assisted learning strategies

    30 Apr 2019

    RAND Europe is evaluating the impacts of peer-assisted learning strategies (PALS) in England. The evaluation will seek to understand the impact of PALS on reading attainment for both strong and weak readers and will assess how effectively the intervention is implemented.

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    Evaluating IPS Grow

    22 Apr 2019

    An evaluation of IPS Grow will assess the initiative in different contexts in which individual placement and support services are implemented, to determine whether IPS Grow leads to better quality provision, better quality provision leads to better outcomes, and IPS Grow leads to better data.

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    Understanding decisions about early cancer diagnosis interventions

    15 Apr 2019

    Cancer Research UK has asked RAND Europe to help them improve their understanding of how commissioners of healthcare services and Cancer Alliances make decisions at a local level about early diagnosis interventions for cancer.

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    Evaluating language skills outcomes in Group Triple P

    12 Apr 2019

    Triple P, the Positive Parenting Program, offers individual and group interventions. Researchers are evaluating how the group interventions influence language skills in children whose parents are randomly assigned to the intervention.

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    Analysing Norway's health research and innovation system

    13 Mar 2019

    Researchers are developing case study examples of international health research and innovation initiatives and their key messages, to help support DAMVAD Analytics’ recommendations for the Norwegian health research and innovation system.

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    Identifying an approach to measure the illicit market for tobacco

    13 Mar 2019

    Researchers are exploring how the illicit market for tobacco is currently measured, what data sources are available, and what additional data could improve the method. Their goal is to develop an independent methodology to measure the illicit market for tobacco.

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    Evaluating Primary Science Quality Mark

    21 Dec 2018

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

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    Evaluating the impact of a program to promote early childhood development

    20 Nov 2018

    RAND Europe is undertaking a three-year independent evaluation of the impact of a philanthropic ECD programme in France. Researchers will assess the extent to which the programme-level objectives have been achieved, and understand how and why they were achieved.

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    Follow-up evaluation of the health and justice outcomes of L&D services

    12 Nov 2018

    The Department of Health and Social Care commissioned RAND Europe to undertake a second study on the UK's new model for Liaison and Diversion schemes. This study aims to investigate whether the new model has an impact on reconviction, the length of court processes, diversion from the criminal justice system, and the use of A&E and mental health services.

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    British people prefer a soft Brexit, if any

    11 Oct 2018

    A longitudinal study of British people finds they reject a no-deal scenario even more firmly than in 2017, and even Leave voters are shifting to a ‘softer’ Brexit. Membership in the European Economic Area remains the most popular option.

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    Evaluating the development of the Q initiative from 2016-2020

    14 Sep 2018

    RAND Europe is conducting a four-year, independent evaluation of the second phase of the Q Initiative to help guide the learning of the Q project team and wider stakeholders as they continue their implementation of Q across the UK. The research will support strategic decision-making and inform the ongoing design and management of Q and also assess the initiative's impact.

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    Evaluating individual placement and support for alcohol and drug dependence

    03 Sep 2018

    IPS is an evidence-based programme that helps people with mental health challenges find employment. Public Health England is conducting a trial that expands the programme to help people in treatment for substance misuse. Our researchers are conducting a process evaluation of the trial.