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RAND Corporation Receives Good Government Award from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh — Nov. 11, 2010

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The RAND Corporation was selected as a 2010 recipient of the Good Government Award from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. The League encourages citizen participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

RAND Corporation Selected a "Best Place to Work in Los Angeles" — Aug. 17, 2010

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RAND was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the "Best Places to Work in Los Angeles" for 2010, and ranked third among the eleven large organizations recognized.

RAND Corporation Washington Office Voted 'Great Place to Work' — Oct. 19, 2007

RAND Washington office building

The RAND Corporation's Washington office has been selected as one of The Washingtonian's Great Places To Work for 2007. The magazine notes that RAND "… researches everything from healthcare reform to criminal justice—and media and government pay attention to Rand [sic] reports."

Dream Teams that Shape L.A.'s Skyline — Aug. 27, 2007

RAND Headquarters, Santa Monica

The Los Angeles Business Journal featured the RAND Corporation Headquarters in a special report on Who's Who is Real Estate.

RAND Gets Urban Land Institute Award for Excellence — May 11, 2007

The RAND Corporation received the prestigious Urban Land Institute (ULI) Award for Excellence: The Americas, which recognizes outstanding achievement in land use practice.

RAND Receives $6 Million Grant to Evaluate Math Curriculum of Carnegie Learning — Apr. 5, 2007

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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the RAND Corporation a $6 million grant to conduct a five-year study of the effectiveness of a technology-based mathematics curriculum created by Carnegie Learning, Inc., of Pittsburgh.

Mission – Possible: Podcast interview with James Thomson — Jan. 16, 2007

James A. Thomson

In a Podcast interview at enterpriseleadership.org, James A. Thomson, President and CEO of the RAND Corporation, discusses RAND's critical work in homeland security and IT innovation in the private sector.

2006 PRGS Commencement Address Available — Oct. 24, 2006

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, delivered the 2006 PRGS commencement address. Mr. Bildt focussed on seven lessons derived from a decade of state-building.

Featured Commentary: RAND Finds Pittsburgh Grand — Jun. 20, 2006

Pittsburgh Downtown

After six years of expansion in Pittsburgh, RAND celebrates the opening of new offices in the RAND Building on June 21, 2006. In a commentary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson and Barry Balmat highlight RAND's commitment to making the city and region better.

RAND Headquarters Wins Environmental and Design Honors — Apr. 10, 2006

The RAND Corporation has received the U.S. Green Building Council's Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the environmentally responsible design of its headquarters in Santa Monica, CA, along with the Los Angeles Architectural Award for corporate headquarters design.

RAND's Palestine Study Receives Award from American Institute of Architects — Nov. 21, 2005

The Arc

The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has presented its highest design award in the Next LA Awards category to RAND's study on "The Arc: A Formal Structure for a Palestinian State".

RAND Health Director Wins Institute of Medicine's 2005 Lienhard Award — Nov. 01, 2005

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies presented their 2005 Lienhard Award for the advancement of personal health services to Robert Brook, Director of RAND Health. The award honors Dr. Brook for his commitment to improving the effectiveness of health care services and shaping the discourse on health care policy.

Nobel Committee Honors Former RAND Economist — Oct. 11, 2005

Thomas Schelling, Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland

Dr. Thomas Schelling, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize in economics, had a nearly 50-year affiliation with RAND. He received the prize "for having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis" — analysis that was conducted in part while at RAND.

RAND and USC Announce Partnership to Foster Joint Research and Educational Programs

The RAND Corporation and the University of Southern California announced a partnership designed to encourage collaboration between the institutions on research projects, educational programs and staff recruitment.

The Falling Dollar: A Silver Lining for Pittsburgh

With the dollar falling, inflation accelerating, interest rates rising and growth slowing, the U.S. economy is in the midst of what could be a painful economic adjustment, triggered by historically high trade and budget deficits. But there is a silver lining in this cloud because corporations in Pittsburgh and around the United States can benefit from a more competitive dollar, write Barry Balmat and Keith Crane.

RAND Corporation Wins Award From American Association For Public Opinion Research

A pioneering RAND Corporation study based on the first national probability sample of HIV adult patients receiving medical care in the United States has been awarded the 2005 Policy Impact Award by the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

McNamara, Brown, Scowcroft and Carlucci Discuss National Security Issues

Former Secretaries of Defense

Four former U.S. defense secretaries and national security advisors helped mark the opening of RAND's new headquarters on April 13, 2005, by convening for a panel discussion on national security issues.

Economic Interdependence Suggests Need for Greater Cooperation

Pittsburgh Downtown

Pittsburgh and the other communities in Allegheny County depend strongly on each other economically and should work together to bring jobs into the county rather than compete with each other for those jobs.

RAND Expands Child Policy Research with Gift from PNC Financial Services

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The RAND Corporation has received a $500,000 gift from The PNC Financial Services Group to establish the PNC Chair in Early Childhood Policy, which will help bring a top child policy scholar to work at RAND's Pittsburgh office.

Inside RAND

Santa Monica Mirror publisher Michael Rosenthal toured the new headquarters building with RAND Executive Vice President Michael Rich.

RAND Corporation Completes Move To Innovative Headquarters Building

The RAND Corporation has relocated about 1,000 staff members to its new headquarters building in Santa Monica, Calif., signaling an important new step in the nonprofit organization's evolution.

Survey Assesses Well-Being of Los Angeles Children and Families

RAND is conducting a major four-year study of Los Angeles' children, families, and neighborhoods. The study, known as the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study (L.A. FANS) is providing unique insights into the nation's second largest city.

RAND to Occupy New Pittsburgh Building

The RAND Corporation has signed a lease with The Elmhurst Group for 59,000 square-feet of office space in a new Pittsburgh building scheduled for completion in 2005.

Center for Adolescent Health Promotion

With community partners, the Center conducts research and provides education about adolescent health, including sexual health, mental health, violence, physical activity, nutrition, and obesity.

Community Coalitions to Prevent Substance Abuse

Researchers from RAND and the University of South Carolina are studying methods to help community coalitions to prevent substance abuse and improve health. This project partners researchers with local substance abuse prevention coalitions to test a specific method called "Getting to Outcomes 2004: Promoting Accountability through Methods and Tools for Planning, and Evaluation."

Healthcare for Communities

This project, called Healthcare for Communities, is designed to provide information on how the healthcare system is functioning and changing for people with alcohol, drug abuse and mental health conditions. It tracks changes in health policy, health care delivery, access to care, and costs and outcomes of care related these conditions.

RAND Center for Population Health and Health Disparities

Where you live affects your health, but it's not known exactly how. This project examines how built environments—street patterns, housing, transportation, and land use—affect health outcomes. The project will focus on Santa Monica, California; the Washington, D.C. area; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Santa Monica Headquarters Under Way

As RAND's new Santa Monica headquarters continues to take shape, its design has drawn praise from the public and design professionals alike: "stunning," "graceful," and "innovative."

Quaker Valley Digital School District: Early Effects and Plans for Future Evaluation

A RAND study examines the effects of a local program that offers laptop computers to children in grades 3—12 and wireless Internet connections at schools and homes. The findings of this study in Quaker Valley also include recommendations for similar programs that could be implemented nationally

RAND Study: Pittsburgh Fail to Meet Proficiency Standards

Although Pittsburgh's elementary and middle schools have higher average test scores than urban schools serving similar populations elsewhere in Pennsylvania, most students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools fail to meet state proficiency standards in reading and math.

City of Santa Monica Community Profile

Since June 1999, RAND has provided technical research assistance to the Human Services Division staff in the City of Santa Monica. This most recent report presents a summary of demographic and several social welfare indicators collected from the 2000 Census and analyzed by RAND to update the City of Santa Monica Community Profile. The report provides citizens and communities of the City of Santa Monica with background information and analysis to assist in the planning and evaluation of services and programs.

New Headquarters Planned

When it is completed in 2004, RAND's five-story, elliptical-shaped, 309,000-square-foot new headquarters may soon become a local landmark, opening the door to the redevelopment of the Santa Monica Civic Center.

Pennsylvania Governor's School Visits RAND

The Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies recently visited RAND Pittsburgh. RAND Pittsburgh was recommended to the Governor's School by the University of Pittsburgh to participate in the "Shadow Day" program.

Profile of the Santa Monica-Malibu School District

This briefing, prepared in response to a request from a Santa Monica citizens' group, uses publicly available data to describe important features of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SM-MUSD) in comparison to three sets of districts:

(1) five districts similar to SM-MUSD in total enrollment and student demographics

(2) four districts with the highest student test scores in the state

(3) the average from Los Angeles County as a whole.