Current Projects: Innovation and Technology Policy

  • Connected Society Thought Leadership Programme

    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.

  • Social Media in Africa: A Double-Edged Sword for Security and Development

    RAND is conducting research into the links between social media use and online radicalisation in six 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.

  • Exploring Health Futures

    Through a survey of experts from across the health and science fields, researchers captured diverse perspectives on what health challenges in England will be like in 20–30 years’ time, and how they will differ from today, to inform NIHR’s future strategy and priorities with a rational view of the future.

  • Developing Standards for Synthetic Biology

    Researchers identified the impact the adoption of synthetic biology is likely to have on the global marketplace, as well as barriers to preventing the rapid scale-up and commercialisation of the technology.

  • Understanding Mental Health in the Research Environment

    Burnout and stress can be a challenge for university research staff and postgraduates. An exploration of the strengths and limitations of the existing evidence base on mental health in the research environment found that more work is needed to understand both the needs of researchers and how they can be addressed.

  • Benchmarking Deployment of eHealth among European GPs

    RAND Europe and partners aim to measure the use of ICT and eHealth applications by primary care physicians in the EU 28 Member States and Norway, compare results with the 2013 study, and analyse the main drivers of change and factors that can enhance or inhibit the role and use of technologies within health care.

  • RAND Europe Focus on Open Science

    Open science aims to create greater transparency in research and remove barriers to sharing at all stages of the research process. RAND Europe contributes to open science through monitoring research and informing decision-making.

  • Increasing Transparency and Engagement in the EFSA Risk Assessment Process

    To promote trust and confidence in the European Food Safety Authority's risk assessment process, RAND Europe and partners created an impact assessment methodology and identified at least five measures EFSA should pursue.

  • Potential Tipping Points in a Transition to a Net Zero Future

    To better understand the potential factors affecting Europe's ability to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the European Climate Foundation has commissioned a series of surveys with experts and stakeholders.

  • 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.

  • Supporting the 'Britain's Healthiest Workplace' Competition

    RAND Europe designs and runs surveys, analyses results, and provides customised reports to organisations that participate in the annual competition to be named Britain's Healthiest Workplace. The project’s central aims are to raise awareness and gain a better understanding of how organisations can engage with the wellness of their employees.

  • ImpactFinder Helps Universities Measure the Impact of their Research

    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.

  • Computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) Has Positive Impact

    Studies of cCBT tools indicate that they have a positive effect on many mental health outcomes, particularly for those with depression, anxiety disorders and insomnia. Fewer studies examined work-related effects, but those were also positive.

  • Focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing

    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.

  • Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK

    Insights from Internet of Things (IoT) implementations and informed users of technology led researchers to support a process for policy feedback that can inform IoT development and adoption in the UK.

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

    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.

  • Exploring the Hybrid Governance of Cyberspace

    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.

  • Evaluating the Impact of EU R&D into PRNDs

    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

    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.

  • Econometric Modelling Support to Link Research and Innovation to Jobs and Growth

    To improve policymakers' ability to model the impact of research and innovation reforms on jobs and growth across Europe, researchers are working to recalibrate the European Commission's QUEST III macroeconomic model.

  • Calculating the Economic Returns of Musculoskeletal Research

    A team of researchers from RAND Europe, King’s College London and HERG is estimating the health and economic benefits of UK investment in medical research into musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Examining Misleading Online Free Trials and Subscription Traps Experienced by European Consumers

    RAND Europe, with GfK Belgium and time.lex, is examining the practice of European businesses offering misleading "free" trials online. The study is also analysing relevant EU legislation and will formulate recommendations to prevent and combat subscription traps.

  • Investigating the Relationship Between R&D Funding and Performance

    To understand more about the implications of these long-term funding restrictions, as well as the potential benefits from increasing research spending, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has asked RAND Europe to examine — and thus to improve the government's understanding about — the relationship between the level of research spending and research performance, and particularly how changes in research spending relate to changes in performance.

  • Identifying Successful Innovations in European Higher Education

    RAND Europe is a co-leading organisation for the Governance and Adaptation to Innovative modes of Higher Education provision project, with 12 partners across the EU. This project for the European Commission and the French Ministry for National Education examines innovative modes in teaching and learning and their evolution across Europe.

  • Understanding the Relative Valuations of Research Impact

    To contribute to the Medical Research Council's objective of funding studies that "deliver user/beneficiary views on the contribution of academic research and MRC input," researchers are refining and adapting a survey-based approach known as Best-Worst Scaling (BWS) to analyse the relative valuations of research impact as perceived by the general population and researchers.