Featured Research

  • Identifying Goals for Technology Use in Early Childhood Education

    Sep 22, 2014

    Technology use among young children is increasingly a fact of life. Establishing a clear set of goals that are broadly accepted by stakeholders is critical to planning for the successful integration of technology into early childhood education.

  • A Program Steps Up to the Plate to Aid Vets, Families with Mental Health Care

    Sep 18, 2014

    As federal, state, and local agencies work with the philanthropic community to create models to outsource or leverage potential efficiencies from the private sector, a unique partnership and grant-making program to support veterans and their families has value and could guide future efforts.

  • What’s Inside the Neighborhood Store May Matter More Than Its Location

    Sep 18, 2014

    Placing supermarkets in food deserts to improve access may not be as important as offering better prices for healthy foods, actively marketing healthy foods, and helping consumers resist junk food appeals.

  • Private Effort to Address Veterans' Mental Health Needs Could Aid VA Health Care Reform

    Sep 18, 2014

    A unique partnership to support private efforts to provide mental health services to veterans and their families could be a model for similar efforts should federal officials decide to expand privately provided health care as part of reform of the VA health system.

  • Reconciliation May Be the Best and Only Way to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq

    Sep 17, 2014

    Addressing root causes of insurgencies and reconciliation have historically proven to be lasting means to defeat insurgent groups. While this approach could be the best way to overcome the Islamic State in Iraq, monumental obstacles make success questionable.

  • The Effects of Tort Reform On Physician Labor Supply

    Sep 12, 2014

    Noneconomic damage caps increase the supply of physicians in high-risk specialties, but the effect of these caps varies across states. New approaches are needed to estimate state-specific effects of tort reform in order to have the most impact on local policy debates.

  • Evaluating the Quality and Fidelity of Suicide Prevention Workshops in California

    Sep 12, 2014

    Experts evaluated California suicide intervention training workshops to determine whether the training is delivered with fidelity and adherence to the workshop's design, as well as with high quality.

  • Sexual Minorities in England Report Poorer Health and Worse Experiences with Health Care

    Sep 4, 2014

    Lesbian, gay, and bisexual women and men in England are more likely to suffer from poor health than the general population and are more likely to report unfavorable experiences with the health care they received in general practices. They are also two to three times more likely to report having a longstanding psychological or emotional problem than their heterosexual counterparts.

  • Living Room Connected Devices: Opportunities, Security Challenges, and Privacy Implications

    Sep 2, 2014

    The "Internet-connected living room" poses security and privacy implications for industry and consumers, offering potential benefits as well as threats associated with the technical capabilities of living room connected devices.

  • Key U.S. Military, Diplomatic Strategies Are Necessary to Balance China's Growing Regional Strength

    Sep 2, 2014

    Developing a strategy for the United States to address China's growing military strength should not sacrifice future cooperation between the two nations. A U.S. policy could recognize China's expanding importance in the world and its legitimate interests, while also keeping U.S. commitments to allies and partners in the region.

  • Spillover from the Conflict in Syria

    Aug 28, 2014

    External military support, large numbers of refugees, and the fragility of neighboring states are factors that contribute directly to the spread of violence from civil war and insurgency in Syria. How do these factors affect Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan, and how can a spillover of violence be prevented?

  • Technology and the Well-Being of U.S. Airmen

    Aug 25, 2014

    Just like U.S. civilians, those serving in the Air Force use the Internet, email, texting, and social media for entertainment and to stay in touch with friends and family. But technology use can be disruptive, and “addiction” could signal broader issues.

  • Survey Finds Veterans Satisfied with Mental Health and Substance Use Care, but Also See Room for Improvement

    Aug 20, 2014

    A survey of more than 5,000 U.S. veterans receiving mental health services from the Veterans Health Administration found general satisfaction, but also significant room for improvement among all areas studied. Patients with a substance use disorder were less satisfied than others and were less likely to report that staff listened to them or respected their decisions.

  • China's Strategy Toward South and Central Asia

    Aug 14, 2014

    China's response to the complex challenges on its western borders during the past two decades has been to adopt an "Empty Fortress" strategy, whereby China boldly projects an image of considerable strength in Central and South Asia to mask serious frailty. China is not a major threat to U.S. interests there and is unlikely to pose one in the near future.

  • The Health Risks of Bathing in Recreational Waters

    Aug 14, 2014

    A rapid evidence assessment confirms an association between the quality of recreational bathing waters and the risk of gastrointestinal illness, particularly in fresh water, but there is insufficient evidence to determine whether a revision to the European Bathing Directive is needed.

  • Federal Drug Discount Program Faces Challenges as It Expands Under Health Reform

    Aug 12, 2014

    A federal program that provides billions in drug discounts to safety net hospitals and other health care providers is expanding under health care reform, but divergent views on the purpose and future scope of the program create uncertainty for safety net providers and drug manufacturers.

  • Child Vaccines Are Extremely Safe and Serious Side Effects Rare

    Aug 8, 2014

    A systematic review revealed that vaccines administered to U.S. children are very safe, and side effects are extremely rare. The small risk of side effects must be weighed against the great protective benefits these vaccines provide.

  • RAND Review Takes Measure of Cybercrime, Medical Innovation, U.S. Security Cooperation

    Aug 7, 2014

    Stories in RAND's flagship magazine discuss the duel between cybercrime and the law, the gamble of medical innovation, and the fruits of U.S. security cooperation.

  • Catastrophic Risk in California: Are Homeowners and Communities Prepared?

    Aug 6, 2014

    Predictions about the inevitability of a major earthquake in California is generating concern about how to pay for rebuilding after a catastrophic event. Insurance alone isn’t the answer, but exploring ways for insurance premiums to better reflect loss could help homeowners prepare for "the big one.”

  • The Changing Hospital Landscape

    Aug 5, 2014

    In many countries, the nature of hospital activity is changing. Different forms of hospital cooperation, such as hospital groups, networks, or systems, may have different impacts on hospital performance. Consolidation may lead to quality improvements, but there are also risks.