Featured Research

  • Health and Healthcare: Assessing the Real World Data Policy Landscape in Europe

    Apr 24, 2014

    To maximise Real-World Data potential and improve health outcomes and service delivery, stakeholders need to develop standards for data use and access. RAND Europe assessed the RWD landscape in Europe and explored options going forwards.

  • Current Infighting Will Test al Qaeda's Brand

    Apr 23, 2014

    Replacing one big al Qaeda with many smaller ones does not reduce the total number of terrorists but may reduce their overall strategic capability. For the U.S., the biggest opportunities may lie in countering al Qaeda's future recruitment and capitalizing on new sources of intelligence.

  • Increasing Numbers of U.S. Army Recruits Enlist Some Years After High School

    Apr 22, 2014

    More than half of all U.S. Army recruits are choosing to join later in life instead of immediately after high school graduation. Older recruits tend to reenlist and receive promotions at greater rates than their younger peers.

  • Healing Medical Product Innovation

    Apr 22, 2014

    Expensive new technology is a leading driver of health care spending increases. Encouraging the creation of technologies that could improve health and reduce spending—or that provide large-enough benefits to warrant any extra spending—could help turn the tide.

  • Evaluation of the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) Grant Program

    Apr 21, 2014

    The PBHCI grant program aims to improve the wellness of people with serious mental illness by making primary health care available in community-based settings. Evaluation of strategies, processes, improvements, and outcomes revealed diverse programs serving great needs but with lower than expected enrollment.

  • The Days After a Deal with Iran

    Apr 17, 2014

    What might the Middle East and U.S. policy look like in the days after a deal with Iran? Experts posit that a final nuclear agreement is reached with Iran and then examine the potential responses of two U.S. partners in the region: Israel and Saudi Arabia.

  • The Days After a Deal: Iran, Its Neighbors, and U.S. Policy Following a Nuclear Agreement

    Apr 17, 2014

    On April 3, 2014, the RAND Corporation held a half-day conference in its Washington office addressing "The Days After a Deal: Iran, its Neighbors, and U.S. Policy Following a Nuclear Agreement." As nuclear negotiations with Iran approach a deadline for a final deal this summer, the RAND conference looked ahead at some of the critical "day after" questions following a potential nuclear agreement.

  • Developing Public Health Regulations for Marijuana: Lessons from Alcohol and Tobacco

    Apr 17, 2014

    Policymakers can better understand decisions surrounding legal marijuana by drawing on lessons learned from research on public health approaches to regulating alcohol and tobacco.

  • RAND Military Caregivers Study: Key Facts and Statistics

    Apr 16, 2014

    Although significant attention has been paid to servicemembers and veterans with service-related injuries and associated conditions, little is known about the needs of their caregivers or the resources that exist to meet them. This presentation highlights findings from the RAND Military Caregivers Study on caregiver activities, support, and services.

  • Extending Terrorism Insurance Program Could Save Federal Government Money After Future Attacks

    Apr 10, 2014

    The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act will expire at the end of this year and Congress is considering the appropriate government role in terrorism insurance markets. In a terrorist attack with losses up to $50 billion, the federal government would spend more helping to cover losses than if it had continued to support a national terrorism risk insurance program.

  • The Future of Health Care in Iraq's Kurdistan Region

    Apr 10, 2014

    Focusing on primary care, experts conducted a year-long analysis of the health care system of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Recommendations for implementation and financing, as well as utilization of resources to improve the quality, access, effectiveness, and efficiency of primary care are included.

  • ACA Could Change Costs of Auto, Malpractice, and Other Liability Insurance

    Apr 9, 2014

    As more Americans become newly covered under the Affordable Care Act, the cost of providing automobile insurance, workers compensation, and homeowners insurance may decline. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of people using the health care system may trigger a corresponding increase in the number of medical malpractice claims.

  • China at a Crossroads of Health Care Transformation

    Apr 8, 2014

    China's economic and social progress over the past 50 years has outpaced its health care system. As a nation, it now faces the challenge of building an effective and efficient health care delivery system to serve its large and aging population.

  • Changes in Health Insurance Enrollment Since ACA Implementation

    Apr 8, 2014

    Early evidence from a nationally representative survey suggests that the Affordable Care Act has led to a substantial increase in health coverage. Among the newly insured, most gained coverage through employer-sponsored insurance or Medicaid.

  • Counterterrorism and the Role of Special Operations Forces

    Apr 8, 2014

    Over the long run, the persistent nature of the terrorism threat to the United States suggests that special operations forces should remain a key part of the struggle against al Qa’ida and other Salafi-jihadist groups.

  • Armed Aerial Drones and U.S. Security

    Apr 7, 2014

    While armed drones are not truly transformative weapons, they do offer the United States some significant advantages, particularly against enemies that lack air defenses. How the United States uses these weapons today and into the future will be important in shaping a broader set of international norms that discourage their misuse by others.

  • How Kurdistan Can Improve Access to Quality Education

    Apr 4, 2014

    There are many ways to strengthen ongoing education reform in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq: build new schools, improve teacher training, expand opportunities for high-performing students, redesign the teacher evaluation system, reward high-performing schools, involve parents and the public in promoting education, and more.

  • China Faces Several Obstacles to Building Successful Domestic Commercial Aircraft Industry

    Apr 4, 2014

    China's investment of billions of dollars in a domestic commercial aviation industry has yet to result in a commercially viable aircraft and is unlikely to do so for the foreseeable future.

  • Is the MIECHV Program Improving Outcomes for Children and Parents?

    Apr 2, 2014

    Some features of the Federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program raise the likelihood that it will make the anticipated difference and produce the best results possible for at-risk families.

  • RAND Review Examines Water Management, Military Caregivers, Joint Aircraft, Income Inequality

    Apr 1, 2014

    Stories in RAND's flagship magazine discuss the implications of climate change for the Colorado River Basin and the Sierra Nevada, the burdens borne by military caregivers, the drawbacks of joint aircraft programs, and growing inequalities across the European Union.