Lindsay Daugherty

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Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in applied economics, University of Michigan; B.A. in economics, University of California, Berkeley


Lindsay Daugherty is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation who specializes in education and policy research. Her recent areas of focus include postsecondary access, developmental education, principal effectiveness, educational technology, and unemployment programs. Daugherty is currently working on several projects looking at the relationship between workforce skill needs and college degree programs. She is also evaluating the effectiveness of college-going interventions, including a college scholarship program and programs to improve developmental education. Other projects include a study that examines the role of technology in early childhood education, an evaluation of a principal coaching program, and a study of the impact of military education benefits. Daugherty earned her Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Assessing the Potential to Expand Community College Baccalaureate Programs in Texas
  • An Evaluation of the New Haven Promise
  • Designing an RCT Experiment in Developmental Education
  • Are Current Education Benefits Efficient and Effective for the Services
  • Evaluation of Targeted Intensive Support for Principals in NYC


  • A teacher helps a girl use a digital tablet

    Helping Teachers Overcome Technology Barriers in Early Childhood Education

    When it comes to helping children appreciate the benefits of using technology in a classroom setting, early childhood education providers play a critical role integrating that technology appropriately, intentionally, and productively. But these educators face myriad barriers to fulfilling these roles.

    Nov 21, 2014 The RAND Blog

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    Access to Technology Is Key to Early Childhood Education

    For children from all income classes to benefit from the proper use of technology in early childhood education, providers, families, and children themselves must have access to an adequate technology infrastructure, including devices, connectivity, and software.

    Nov 4, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Preschoolers in a classroom looking at a tablet with their teacher

    The Role of Technology in the Lives of Children

    On a typical day, children ages 3-5 spend an average of four hours with technology, and technology use is increasing among children of all ages. Debates about the role of technology in early childhood education are ongoing, with some providers, parents, and others yet to be convinced of its potential benefits.

    Oct 10, 2014

  • Diverse group of kids looking at tablet

    RAND Convenes Experts to Examine Role of Technology in Early Childhood Education

    The forum focused on several key issues underlying successful integration of technology into early childhood settings, including the goals that should be established for technology use, the infrastructure that is needed to support effective technology use, and the role of teachers and parents in facilitating technology use.

    Jun 4, 2014

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    Preserving Access and Quality in an Era of Rising University Tuition Fees

    Many countries have long traditions of full or partial government funding for higher education, but as they struggle with fiscal pressures, they seek ways to shift costs to users. Implementing greater cost sharing without coherent policies to mitigate its impact on students and institutions threatens to worsen both student access and institutional quality.

    Sep 28, 2012