Featured Research

  • A New Way to Reduce Heavy Drinking and Alcohol-Related Crime?

    Mar 29, 2016

    After South Dakota adopted an innovative sobriety program, the number of arrests for repeat drunk driving fell by 12 percent at the county level. Evidence suggests the program can work elsewhere. However, stakeholders will face many choices about how to implement it.

  • RAND Kicks Off 2016 Presidential Election Panel Survey

    Mar 29, 2016

    In this video Q&A, Michael Pollard discusses the 2016 RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey (PEPS), which is designed to examine voter attitudes, intentions, and choices, and how these change throughout the 2016 presidential election cycle.

  • Methodology of the 2016 RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey

    Mar 28, 2016

    The 2016 RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey uses the American Life Panel (ALP) to study voting intentions, public opinion, and voter behavior. The ALP is a scientifically recruited Internet panel.

  • Job Placement Assistance for Military Reservists

    Mar 24, 2016

    There are 40 federal programs, resources, and offices that provide job placement assistance that can be accessed by reserve component members. There is potential overlap among the programs and clearer guidance on how to navigate them is needed.

  • Will the Iran Deal Survive? Iran, Regional Crises, and U.S. Policy

    Mar 24, 2016

    At this daylong conference hosted by the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy, experts discussed current and future challenges facing the Iran nuclear deal and implications for Iran, the region, and U.S. policy. The panels also addressed a variety of non-nuclear issues.

  • Getting to Yes with China in Cyberspace

    Mar 22, 2016

    The tensions that divide the United States and China apply just as much to cyberspace as to relations in the physical world. Can the two countries achieve meaningful outcomes through formal negotiations over cyber norms and rules?

  • Estimating the Cost of Corruption in Europe

    Mar 22, 2016

    New estimates of the cost of corruption in the EU show that up to €990 billion (£781.64 billion) in GDP terms is lost annually. Three policy measures to address corruption are recommended.

  • Barriers to Linkage to HIV Care in Ugandan Fisherfolk Communities

    Mar 18, 2016

    High population mobility, competing needs, low or inconvenient access to healthcare, and HIV stigma all play a role in impeding linkage to HIV care among fisherfolk in Uganda.

  • Proposed Refinery Regulations in California Could Provide Safety and Cost Benefits

    Mar 16, 2016

    New regulations could improve safety at oil and gas refineries in California and benefit nearby communities. Even if the proposed regulations make refineries only 7.3 percent safer than they are currently, they will be worth their implementation costs.

  • Wages, Employment, and STEM Education in Appalachia

    Mar 16, 2016

    The first county-level examination of wages and employment for workers in the Appalachia region with STEM training sets a baseline that will help measure the ongoing success of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative's efforts to prepare K-12 students and local workers for jobs in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.

  • Building a National Culture of Health

    Mar 11, 2016

    As part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health initiative, RAND developed an action framework to achieve the goal of enabling everyone in the United States to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come.

  • High-Quality, Full-Scale Preschool Programs Boost School Readiness and Produce Sustained Benefits

    Mar 11, 2016

    The investment in high-quality preschool may be paid back through improved outcomes during the school-age years and beyond. In addition to school readiness, they produce long-term benefits like lower rates of special education use, reduced grade repetition, and higher high school graduation rates.

  • More Effective Security Cooperation: Recommendations for Congress and the Department of Defense

    Mar 9, 2016

    The scope and scale of U.S. security cooperation make it hard for civilian leaders to play an effective oversight role. But certain actions could foster more productive discussions between DoD and Congress and, ultimately, more effective security cooperation.

  • Using Big Data to Identify the Concerns of Potential Army Recruits

    Mar 9, 2016

    How has interest in military careers evolved over time and by geographic location? And what are potential recruits' biggest concerns related to the Army? Anonymous data from Internet searches can provide insight.

  • Deterrence and Stability for the Korean Peninsula

    Mar 8, 2016

    Most trends on the Korean Peninsula favor South Korea, but North Korea's nuclear program is a great concern. Although unlikely, war is imaginable in the years ahead. The challenges for deterrence and strategic planning are greater than in the past.

  • What Are the Potential Impacts of State-Level Immigration Policies?

    Mar 8, 2016

    The expanding role of U.S. states in immigration policy raises questions about the consequences of state-level action. A cost-benefit framework identifies the economic and fiscal impacts of state-level immigration policies and how different stakeholders would be affected.

  • Retail Clinics May Increase Medical Spending, Rather Than Trim Costs

    Mar 7, 2016

    Retail clinics, seen as a convenient and cost-saving alternative to physician offices and hospital emergency departments, may actually drive up medical spending by creating demand for new medical services. They have become an attractive alternative to staying home and suffering through a minor illness.

  • Attitudes Toward Local and National Government Expressed Over Chinese Social Media

    Mar 4, 2016

    How can social media provide perspective on how the Chinese public feels about domestic political issues, such as the environment, food safety, and local versus national government?

  • Countering Adversaries Without Going to War

    Mar 3, 2016

    How can the United States coerce unfriendly states without going to war? The three potentially most cost-effective options are financial sanctions, support for nonviolent political opposition, and offensive cyber operations.

  • Modularity and Flexibility in Future Ship Designs

    Mar 3, 2016

    What are the U.S. Navy's options for extending the service lives of operational ships by adopting the concepts of modularity and flexibility in ship design? Researchers examine the concepts of modularity and flexibility, technological trends, the current geopolitical context, and lessons from past incorporation of new missions and technologies into naval ships.