Featured Research

  • Examining Competency-Based Education

    Aug 4, 2014

    Competency-based education meets students where they are academically, provides opportunities for choice, and awards students credit for evidence of learning, not time spent studying a subject. Researchers identify lessons for policy, partnerships, and practice regarding this approach.

  • More Americans May Be Ready for Retirement Than You Think

    Aug 1, 2014

    Because people consume less in their golden years, the conventional wisdom that most Americans are financially unprepared for retirement doesn't hold up. Evidence suggests that about 71 percent of older Americans are adequately prepared for retirement.

  • Do College-Educated Children Lengthen Parents' Lifespan?

    Aug 1, 2014

    Initial findings suggest highly educated children contribute to the parents' longevity. Encouraging better parental health habits, providing access to resources and information, and delivering higher-quality care are some possible explanations for this correlation.

  • Getting Smarter About Border Security Strategy, Data, and Technology Infrastructure

    Jul 31, 2014

    There is no single solution for border security challenges. However, a network of mutually reinforcing and even redundant layers of defenses can enable the U.S. to better control its borders.

  • China’s Industrial Policies in Commercial Aviation Manufacturing

    Jul 31, 2014

    Until recently, the Chinese aircraft manufacturing industry produced aircraft almost exclusively for its military. As China transitions to commercial aircraft production, does it need to rethink its investments and policies to become more globally integrated and competitive?

  • China: The Reluctant Partner

    Jul 30, 2014

    There's a high probability that the establishment of a U.S. Global SOF Network will reinforce Beijing's extreme insecurities about Washington's intentions towards China, and heighten Chinese perceptions of enhanced US military encirclement capabilities. However, if China is invited to partner with U.S. Special Operations Forces, this may alter Chinese thinking on military cooperation.

  • Building Toward an Unmanned Aircraft System Training Strategy

    Jul 28, 2014

    Unmanned aircraft systems — or drones — have become increasingly prevalent in and important to U.S. military operations. Training now needs to be integrated more formally and cost-effectively into service and joint training programs.

  • Jihadist Sanctuaries in Syria and Iraq

    Jul 24, 2014

    The large number of Western violent extremists in sanctuaries like Syria and Iraq requires the adoption of policies and practices in the U.S. homeland and overseas to ensure that these extremists are detected if they return to the West and, more broadly, to reduce the flow of foreign fighters from the West.

  • Registered Nurses' Delayed Retirement Helps to Boost Nursing Supply in the U.S.

    Jul 16, 2014

    One reason that the nation's supply of registered nurses has grown substantially in recent years is that older RNs are working longer than in the past. From 1991 to 2012, among RNs working at age 50, 24 percent remained working as late as age 69. From 1969 to 1990, only 9 percent did.

  • Does Reliance on Foreign Component Supply Chains Put U.S. Launch Vehicles at Risk?

    Jul 16, 2014

    While there are both risks and benefits of using foreign components in the U.S. Air Force Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, the risk of potential supply interruption of most foreign components is manageable. To mitigate those risks, trade-offs of costs, schedules, and mission significance must be considered.

  • Exploring the Future of Driving in Developing Countries

    Jul 15, 2014

    The level of automobility, or travel in personal vehicles, varies among countries. By determining the factors besides economic development that have affected automobility in developed countries, researchers can predict how automobility might evolve in developing countries.

  • Getting to Negotiations in Syria

    Jul 14, 2014

    It appears that there is almost no prospect for a negotiated solution to the civil war in Syria in the near term. This is because the Syrian factions believe — perhaps rightly — that they have more to gain by carrying on the fight than by negotiating toward peace.

  • Will Heath Care Reform Affect Disability Insurance Claiming?

    Jul 10, 2014

    By enabling access to affordable private health insurance and expanding access to subsidized public health insurance, the Affordable Care Act alters the calculus of disability claiming decisions. Research offers empirical evidence that, on net, disability applications are likely to decrease.

  • Child Vaccines Have Low Risk of Harmful Side Effects

    Jul 2, 2014

    Concerns about vaccine safety have led some parents to decline recommended vaccination of their children, leading to the resurgence of diseases. Harmful side effects are extremely rare and must be weighed against the protective benefits that vaccines provide.

  • License Plate Readers Are an Important Police Tool, but Hurdles Remain

    Jul 2, 2014

    Systems that automatically read automobile license plates have the potential to save police investigative time and increase safety, but law enforcement officials must address issues related to staffing, compatibility, and privacy before the technology can reach its full potential.

  • Youth in Jordan: Transitions from Education to Employment

    Jul 1, 2014

    Despite Jordan's strong economic growth during the last decade, youth unemployment remains high, as graduates don't possess the skills necessary for their desired professions. Numerous policy reforms could turn the tide.

  • Why Is Veteran Unemployment So High?

    Jun 26, 2014

    Between 2000 and 2011, younger veterans were on average 3.4 percentage points more likely to be unemployed than similarly situated younger nonveterans. However, this difference falls rapidly with age and time since military separation.

  • Five Steps to a Successful Workplace Wellness Program

    Jun 24, 2014

    Workplace wellness programs can reduce health risks, lower health care costs, and improve productivity — but all programs are not created equal. This toolkit presents a five-step guide for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of a successful workplace wellness program.

  • What Can Be Done About Dementia?

    Jun 23, 2014

    Policy options to improve dementia long-term care include those that increase public awareness and promote earlier detection, improve access to and quality of services, increase support to family caregivers, and reduce the cost burden.

  • Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint

    Jun 23, 2014

    As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring number of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers.