Susan S. Everingham

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Director, Pittsburgh Office; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


M.A. in applied mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in mathematics and biology, Williams College

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A quantitative policy analyst at RAND since 1988, Susan S. Everingham has been involved in a diverse array of policy studies, concentrating on the mathematical modeling of complex systems as well as cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses of policy alternatives. Her early work focused on ballistic missile defense and military communication systems. She coauthored RAND's 1994 study comparing the cost-effectiveness of various cocaine control strategies and developed the Markov-based model of the demand for cocaine that was used in that research. Everingham also contributed to a number of studies of the criminal justice system and violence prevention. Additionally, she has served in a number of management positions, including a program of research on military personnel policies and a unit focused on international outreach. She has been the director of RAND's Pittsburgh office since October 2008 and is a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • Innovation in data and analytical approaches for decisionmaking
  • Envisioning a personnel policy analytical system for the Afghan National Security Forces

Selected Publications

Jonathan P. Caulkins et al., Response to the National Research Council's Assessment of RAND's Controlling Cocaine Study, RAND Corporation, 2005

Jonathan P. Caulkins et al., An Ounce of Prevention a Pound of Uncertainty: The Cost-Effectiveness of School-Based Drug Prevention Programs, RAND Corporation, 1999

Peter Reuter and Susan Everingham, Comparing the Cost-Effectiveness of Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Other Federal Enforcement Programs, RAND Corporation, 1999

Lynn A. Karoly et al., Investing in Our Children: What We Know and Don't Know About the Costs and Benefits of Early Childhood Interventions, RAND Corporation, 1999

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Pittsburgh Business Times; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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    RAND Is Participating in Pittsburgh's Day of Giving May 6

    By choosing to support RAND through on Tuesday, May 6, your gift goes further thanks to The Pittsburgh Foundation matching a portion of all gifts from $25 to $1,000.

    May 2, 2014

  • The Upside of Snowmageddon

    The city's lame response shows, yet again, why we need more cooperation among local governments.

    Mar 28, 2010 | The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Getting to Know Pittsburgh: The City Has Embraced Me ... and Now the World?

    In the year since I moved to Pittsburgh from Southern California, it's become clear that I unwittingly chose the perfect moment in history to come here, writes Susan Everingham.

    Sep 19, 2009 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Public Libraries Are Needed Now More Than Ever

    What Pittsburgh attraction provides $3 of economic output for every public dollar invested? The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. If you find this factoid unlikely, it is because the research that discovered it received an astounding lack of attention, write Susan Everingham and Sally Sleeper.

    May 29, 2009 | Pittsburgh Business Times