Completed Research: Science, Technology and Innovation

  • Understanding Private Sector Researcher Mobility

    28 Sep 2017

    The UK is an attractive place to work for researchers in the private sector, but Britain's decision to leave the EU has led to concerns from industry around access to talent, staff retention, and research funding.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Understanding the Mobility of Public Sector and Academic Researchers

    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 academic and public sector researcher mobility, and most such researchers feel there is an expectation that they be internationally mobile.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Focus on Cybersecurity

    04 Jan 2017

    Cybersecurity has risen to become a prominent issue of national and global security for governments and international organisations worldwide. This paper looks at the issues and details RAND Europe's expertise and work in the area.

  • Comparing Six DfID-Funded Growth Research Programmes

    23 Aug 2016

    A review of six DfID-funded programmes focusing on economic growth research compared the six over time, against each other, and against relevant benchmarks to capture their performance to date. Some questions included the programmes' governance arrangements, their level of regional engagement and how cost-efficient they were.

  • The National Institute of Health Research at 10 Years

    18 May 2016

    To mark the NIHR's tenth anniversary, the UK Department of Health commissioned an impact synthesis of how NIHR has benefited the health research landscape.

  • Evaluating Social Innovation Pilot Projects

    22 Apr 2016

    A series of social innovation pilot projects across Europe aim to support the growth of European social finance markets and the development of capacities within social business and young entrepreneurship. RAND Europe and Ecorys evaluated the pilots and hosted a series of interactive workshops to encourage an exchange of experiences.

  • Measuring Spillovers Between UK Public, Charity and Private Medical Research

    11 Apr 2016

    The King’s Policy Institute, the Office of Health Economics and RAND Europe developed a methodology to estimate how many pounds of pharmaceutical industry R&D is stimulated in the UK by public or charity spending on medical research.

  • Mapping the Global Mental Health Research Funding System

    25 Mar 2016

    To support the coordination of mental health research, RAND Europe mapped the research funding ‘ecosystem’. Researchers explored who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support, and how their strategies relate to one another.

  • Galvanising the NHS to Adopt Innovation

    22 Mar 2016

    A series of interviews and workshops helped RAND Europe evaluate three measures proposed as part of the NHS Accelerated Access Review interim report to encourage the adoption of innovation. RAND assessed the feasibility of the measures and factors likely to facilitate or challenge their success.

  • How Organisations Invest in Cybersecurity

    29 Feb 2016

    The digital dependence in developed countries has led to a situation where security vulnerabilities and security incidents potentially come accompanied by serious consequences. With this in mind, RAND Europe investigated why, where and how organisations in critical infrastructure sectors invest in cybersecurity.

  • Lessons from Three Retrosight Studies Suggest Taking a 'DECISIVE' Approach to Research Funding

    28 Jan 2016

    Having conducted three studies using the Retrosight approach, we identified eight lessons which form a ‘DECISIVE’ approach to biomedical and health research funding.

  • Innovation, Health and Wealth: A Formative and Summative Evaluation

    13 Jan 2016

    The Department of Health’s strategy for improving care and creating greater wealth through innovation, known as ‘Innovation, Health and Wealth’ (IHW), has the potential to systematically change the way the NHS operates. RAND Europe evaluated whether and how IHW actions have worked as planned and contributed to achieving the strategy's overarching aims.

  • Assessing Characteristics of High Performing Research Units in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

    17 Nov 2015

    Research for the Higher Education Funding Council of England shows that five key themes are associated with high performance in UK higher education institutions: people; culture, values and leadership; strategy and funding; collaboration and networks; and institutional and departmental practice.

  • Could the Strengthening of Health Systems in Africa Improve Industrial Development?

    22 Oct 2015

    The performance of health systems is a key determinant of the inclusiveness of economic growth. Exclusionary, poor quality health care worsens impoverishment, while inclusive health care redistributes the benefits of growth toward the poor and ill. With Kenya and Tanzania as case studies, RAND Europe is exploring the extent to which unexploited potential synergies between industrial development and health systems can strengthen and contribute to faster and more inclusive growth.

  • Developing a Framework to Measure the Impact of Digital Catapult

    22 Sep 2015

    The Digital Catapult targets market and innovation inefficiencies that likely inhibit the up-take of data-driven innovation across sectors. RAND Europe research frames thinking about how the Digital Catapult can contribute to economic productivity.

  • Analysing the Economic Impact of the Health Technology Assessment Programme

    02 Sep 2015

    The potential economic benefits of projects funded through the National Institute for Health Research’s Health Technology Assessment programme would go well beyond covering the programme’s costs, according to an assessment done by RAND Europe and based on a sample of 10 projects.

  • Scoping the Impact of EU Membership on UK Health Research

    11 Aug 2015

    To help frame the debate on future EU membership in the context of UK health research, RAND Europe assessed the benefits and burdens of membership. This research, for the Department of Health, not only focuses on funding, but also looks at other aspects such as research environment, network effects, and knowledge spillovers. The project included a series of scenario-based workshops to explore future impact of EU funding.

  • Developing a Research Impact and Performance Management System for Oman

    11 Aug 2015

    Researchers designed a system through which The Research Council of Oman can measure the performance and impact of its funded research today and in the future. The team also collected data to set a baseline for a subset of the performance and impact indicators developed for the system.

  • Learning from Medical Breakthroughs to Improve Treatment for Dementia

    04 Aug 2015

    Aiming to better understand the contexts that have contributed to breakthroughs in treatment, this project analysed breakthroughs in four conditions of ill health and sought to identify potentially transferable lessons for the dementia context.