Featured Research

  • Mapping Gender Gaps in Health Care

    Jun 11, 2014

    Mapping regional rates of cholesterol screening among patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes reveals significant gender gaps: Women are often less likely to receive screenings.

  • The Days After a Deal with Iran: U.S. Policies of Hedging and Engaging

    Jun 10, 2014

    Is the emerging consensus on a set of policies toward Iran and U.S. regional partners the best approach? Or might these policies eliminate opportunities for the United States to alter the U.S.-Iran relationship — and potentially undercut support in Iran for the agreement?

  • The Days After a Deal with Iran

    Jun 10, 2014

    An analysis of the possible effects on Iranian foreign policy stemming from a final nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 details Rouhani's likely hopes for a post-deal foreign policy, the domestic constraints on his goals, and how a final deal might affect Iran's relations with Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, and the U.S.

  • Securing America's Ports

    Jun 4, 2014

    America's ports could be made more secure by improving the evaluation of port security programs; increasing the reliance on local risk assessments when awarding port security grants; and reconsidering the 100 percent container inspection mandate.

  • Increase in Jihadist Threat Calls for New U.S. Strategy to Combat Terrorism

    Jun 4, 2014

    Since 2010, there has been a 58 percent increase in the number of jihadist groups, a doubling of fighters, and a tripling of attacks by al Qaeda affiliates. The U.S. cannot afford to withdraw or remain disengaged from key parts of North Africa, the Middle East, or South Asia.

  • A Safe Way to Implement a Database of Satellite Anomalies

    Jun 2, 2014

    Satellite anomalies are malfunctions caused by solar particles, cosmic rays, or even space debris. A shared database could help identify solutions to prolong the lifetime of spacecraft that experience problems, and could be implemented in a way that would protect the privacy of the satellite operators.

  • The Effects of Moving to Permanent Dwellings on India's Working Poor

    May 30, 2014

    In India, low-cost housing projects like the Ashray Affordable Housing Pilot may help the working poor and their families improve their living conditions, while still allowing developers to recover their costs.

  • U.S. Obesity Epidemic Affecting All Segments of the Nation

    May 22, 2014

    While some differences in weight are evident between groups based on race and education levels, all Americans have been getting fatter at about the same rate for 25 years, even with increases in leisure time, availability of fruit and vegetables, and exercise.

  • Building Resilient Communities: Spanish Translation

    May 20, 2014

    Emergency preparedness can get you through the first few days following a disaster. But how can your community bounce back over the long term? With disasters becoming more common and costly, and with some areas enduring multiple disasters, the importance of building community resilience has never been greater.

  • Improving Demographic Diversity in the U.S. Air Force Officer Corps

    May 20, 2014

    To what extent does the representation of women and racial and ethnic minorities in the Air Force match the make-up of the general population? Despite the Air Force's efforts, minority groups and women are underrepresented in the active-duty line officer population, particularly among senior leaders.

  • Ways to Build Partnerships in the Arab World

    May 14, 2014

    U.S. security assistance has largely been perceived in transactional terms, provided with the expectation that the partner nation will take some action in return that furthers U.S. interests in the region. Instead, security assistance should be seen in terms of building and sustaining relationships.

  • Innovative School Principal Development Program Demonstrates Positive Student Achievement Gains

    May 13, 2014

    Urban schools where principals received rigorous leadership training and support experienced larger gains in student achievement than schools led by principals who did not participate in the program. At the high school level, students in schools where the trained principal had three or more years of experience saw gains in reading achievement of about 3 percentile points.

  • How the New Leaders Principal-Preparation Program Impacts Student Achievement

    May 13, 2014

    Students at schools with principals trained by the New Leaders program had modestly larger achievement gains than those at schools led by non-New Leaders principals. However, the program's effects varied by district, with no clear patterns.

  • Four Ways to Foster Successful School Leadership

    May 8, 2014

    Principals are second only to teachers as the most important school factor affecting student achievement. States and school districts can help principals by implementing effective hiring practices, building high-quality evaluation systems, entrusting principals with autonomy, and providing resources and supports.

  • Allowing Terrorism Risk Insurance Act to Expire Would Negatively Impact Workers' Compensation Insurance Markets

    May 7, 2014

    Without TRIA in place, employers perceived to be at high risk for terrorism might have to obtain workers' compensation coverage in markets of last resort, known as residual markets, which could charge higher premiums.

  • 'Cloud' System Could Help Navy Analysts Consume Expanding Ocean of Data

    May 5, 2014

    The Navy has a growing demand for intelligence to help Navy vessels avoid collisions, pinpoint targets, and perform other vital tasks. But the amount of data it may collect in the future is more than it can process today. “Cloud” strategies offer promising options.

  • Addressing Mexico's Violent Drug-Trafficking Organizations Will Require Coordinated Effort

    May 5, 2014

    Mexico is not like any other case characterized by “warlordism,” resource insurgency, ungoverned spaces, and organized crime. Despite the lack of a perfectly analogous case, Mexico stands to benefit from historical lessons from countries facing similar challenges.

  • The Promise and Potential Pitfalls of Expanding the Use of Telehealth

    May 1, 2014

    The growth of telehealth requires oversight to ensure that these new delivery models do three things: provide high-quality care, improve access to those who need it most, and are utilized in a cost-effective manner.

  • Early and School-Age Care in Santa Monica

    Apr 25, 2014

    Researchers examine how well Santa Monica's child care programs meet the needs of families, including child care and early education programs before kindergarten, as well as care for school-aged children, both during the school year and the summer.

  • Advancing Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Kurdistan

    Apr 24, 2014

    As the Kurdistan Region of Iraq develops rapidly, gaps have surfaced between the education and skills necessary for emerging jobs and those that employers perceive in local graduates. However, policymakers can respond in the short, medium, and long terms by implementing a number of new measures, particularly at the secondary level.