European societies expect science, technology and innovation to promote economic growth and improved wellbeing. Research alone is insufficient. Its translation into discoveries of new processes, services and products is vital. And evaluation of the impact of scientific and social sciences research can lead to better funding decisions.
The factors that lead to innovation are complex and evolve. We use evidence to untangle complexity, recognise connections, and open channels for new thought. Our research aims to maximise the gains that science, technology and innovation can bring to society and the economy.
RAND Europe worked in partnership with the Corsham Institute to design and deliver the 2017 Thought Leadership Programmes. The consultations explored the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies are creating within society.
Researchers tried to conduct a randomised control trial to understand whether UK teachers could be motivated with incentivised pay and coaching, but they failed to recruit enough participants. To help future studies, they changed their research to explore why the recruitment effort failed.
RAND Europe and Open Evidence are examining the extent to which remote voting solutions—particularly internet voting—are employed in the European member states. The research aims to identify the costs, risks and challenges associated with remote voting.
The Eastern Academic Health Science Network supports innovation uptake in the healthcare system. RAND Europe has been commissioned to evaluate their Transformation Support Unit, which helps implement innovative solutions to challenges faced by health and care providers.
For the last four years, RAND Europe has designed and run surveys, analysed results, and provided customised reports to organisations that participate in the annual Britain's Healthiest Workplace competition. The contest’s central aims are to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of how organisations can engage with the wellness of their employees.
The Hong Kong Research Grants Council has established a positive reputation as the territory's primary research grant funder. Stakeholder interviews uncovered many positive views about what the council has achieved, as well as suggestions for improvement.
The SBRI Healthcare programme is viewed as providing effective support for small companies to develop innovations that address NHS needs. Because some businesses have asked for more support taking innovations to the NHS, Academic Health Science Networks need clear guidance about how they could support SBRI-supported companies.
RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge are testing whether the Q Improvement Lab approach is likely to become an effective, valuable way of developing ideas or interventions to support positive change at multiple levels of the health and care system.
RAND is conducting research into the links between social media use and online radicalisation in seven African countries. With a focus on ISIL, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the study maps governmental efforts to address the problem and sets out recommendations for policy and programming.