Innovation and Translation

Exploring how science, technology and innovation can be translated responsibly and sustainably into collective benefits for society

Research, commentary, and events

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    Commentary

    Eight Lessons to Inform the Future Oversight of Emerging Science and Technology

    The prospect of Brexit has prompted much discussion about the future of science and technology in the UK. Effective oversight systems are crucial. They could help to create public trust and minimize risks, while allowing emerging science and technology, along with the businesses that arise from them, to flourish.

    11 Apr 2019

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    Project

    Case studies provide lessons in oversight of emerging S&T

    Ten case studies examine science and technology oversight around the world. Based on these studies, researchers compiled a list of lessons for policymakers and stakeholders interested in encouraging and enabling emerging technology.

    21 Mar 2019

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    Project

    Analysing Norway's health research and innovation system

    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.

    13 Mar 2019

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    Commentary

    How to Design a Research Funder

    Emerging challenges are leading to an increased emphasis on the impact of research beyond academia. At the same time, funders must adapt to changing expectations about what research can and should deliver, financial austerity, and developments in the topics and methods of research.

    11 Mar 2019

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    Project

    Making outcome-based payment a reality in the NHS: Phase 1

    Researchers assessed a new approach to paying for cancer drugs in England’s National Health Service based on achieved outcomes. Their findings may help to improve patient access to medicines and ensure value for the NHS.

    21 Feb 2019

  • Project

    Organising for excellence

    An exploration and review of international evidence around best practices in organisational design for research funding bodies has helped to inform the design of the umbrella organisation UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The research also contributed to decisions around governance structures and strategy.

    15 Feb 2019

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    Project

    Econometric modelling support links research and innovation to jobs and growth

    RAND Europe researchers assessed research and innovation reforms in EU countries to improve the modelling of policy impacts within the European Commission's QUEST III macroeconomic model.

    21 Dec 2018

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    Project

    How to translate research and drive innovation

    To ensure the continued excellence of the UK’s research and innovation (R&I) base, the existence and continuity of funding is key. Additionally, numerous interacting conditions are needed to translate research and stimulate innovation, but there is no ‘magic formula’ for these conditions to be implemented.

    13 Dec 2018

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    Project

    Measuring the distribution of benefits of research and innovation

    Economic analyses offer a compelling case for the benefits that research and innovation (R&I) can deliver, but R&I also offers numerous benefits that are either not easily monetised or not well understood. These include benefits to culture, public engagement, social cohesion and the environment.

    13 Dec 2018

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    Project

    Agricultural ammonia emissions carry steep costs

    Ammonia emissions in the UK have been rising since 2013, largely due to agricultural waste and fertiliser runoff. By 2020 the impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems, and human health may total over £700 million per year.

    17 Sep 2018

  • Participants in a Q Lab discussion at the Barbican

    Project

    Evaluating the Q Improvement Lab

    RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge tested whether the Q Improvement Lab approach could become an effective, valuable way of developing ideas or interventions to support positive change at multiple levels of the health and care system.

    14 Sep 2018

  • Eastern Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) logo

    Project

    Eastern AHSN Transformation Support Unit Shows Positive Impact

    Stakeholders and 'customers' say the Eastern Academic Health Science Network's TSU—which helps implement innovative solutions to challenges faced by health and care providers—has supported them with their pilots and network building. An evaluation provides recommendations for further improvements.

    03 Aug 2018

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    Project

    Standardising quantitative indicators of impact within REF case studies

    To inform the development of the guidance and criteria for the preparation of impact case studies in Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, we examined the case studies submitted to REF 2014 and identified quantitative indicators of impact. We then developed guidance for how these indicators could be standardised for potential use in REF 2021.

    23 Jul 2018

  • Scientist reading scientific data in a laboratory

    Project

    Updating an Evaluation of Grant Peer Review in the Health Sciences

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research asked RAND Europe to update the 2009 study on grant peer review to provide a more widely applicable source of evidence around the strengths and weaknesses of peer review for grant funding assessment.

    15 Jun 2018

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    Project

    The potential of citizen science for research

    Through a rapid review of the available literature and interviews with four experts, researchers compiled a practical overview of crowdsourcing in citizen science. The report highlights the benefits of crowdsourcing, best tools to use, and best practices.

    24 May 2018