Featured Research

  • 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.

  • Support Resources for Military Caregivers

    Mar 31, 2014

    Caregiving can take a lot of time and impose a heavy burden on caregiver health and well-being. But finding and utilizing support resources can help. Support services for military caregivers may provide respite care, financial stipends, health care and mental health care services, and more.

  • Supporting Military Caregivers: The Role of Health Providers

    Mar 31, 2014

    Health care providers can support military caregivers in many ways: acknowledge them as part of the health care team, routinely assess caregiving needs and the presence of caregiver support, integrate them into health providers' culture, and adopt appropriate caregiver documentation requirements to facilitate their engagement.

  • Military Caregivers in the Workplace

    Mar 31, 2014

    The business community can support military caregivers in many ways: raise awareness by promoting messages that support military caregivers, offer support services, work with employees to accomodate their caregiver duties, and hire caregivers.

  • Supporting Military Caregivers: Options for Congress

    Mar 31, 2014

    Congress can support military caregivers in many ways: reconsider eligibility requirements for caregiver support programs, ensure health care coverage for military caregivers, promote the integration and coordination of programs and services, and fully fund the Lifespan Respite Care Act.

  • Who Are Military Caregivers? And Who Is Supporting Them?

    Mar 31, 2014

    There are 5.5 million Americans caring for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans, providing indispensable services and saving the nation millions in health and long-term care costs. Researchers describe who these caregivers are, the burden they bear, available programs and resources, and areas where they need more support.

  • Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers

    Mar 31, 2014

    There are 5.5 million military caregivers across the United States, with nearly 20 percent caring for someone who served since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Military caregivers experience more health problems, face greater strains in family relationships, and have more workplace issues than noncaregivers. Changes are needed to both provide assistance to caregivers and to help them make plans for the future.

  • Redirecting Innovation in U.S. Health Care: Decreasing Spending, Increasing Value

    Mar 31, 2014

    A novel approach to curbing America's growing health care spending is to change the drugs, devices, and health information technology that get invented in the first place. Realigning incentives for inventors, investors, payers, providers, and patients could yield medical products that reduce spending and improve health.

  • Workshops Develop Community-Driven Strategies for Use of ARVs to Prevent HIV

    Mar 27, 2014

    To consider recent developments in ARV-based HIV prevention strategies, Mapping Pathways held Knowledge Exchange Workshops in three U.S. cities. The workshops devised future scenarios and potential tailored strategies using stakeholders' knowledge alongside the project results.

  • Black Markets for Hackers Are Increasingly Sophisticated, Specialized, and Maturing

    Mar 25, 2014

    Black and gray markets for computer hacking tools, services, and byproducts such as stolen credit card numbers continue to expand, creating an increasing threat to businesses, governments, and individuals.

  • Improving Public Resource Allocation for Care and Prevention of HIV/AIDS

    Mar 21, 2014

    Public health agencies face difficult decisions which are often made with few local empirical data. The robust decision making approach is data driven and allows decisionmakers to compare various HIV/AIDS intervention strategies across thousands of simulated future scenarios.

  • Improving Interagency Information Sharing Using Technology Demonstrations

    Mar 20, 2014

    New and innovative intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies developed by the U.S. Department of Defense for the military could also be used by the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration to help secure the southern U.S. border.

  • Assessing Security Cooperation as a Preventive Tool

    Mar 20, 2014

    Based on an analysis of security cooperation (SC) data and state fragility scores for 107 countries in 1991-2008, a correlation is described between provision of SC by the United States and a reduction in partner state fragility.

  • Improving Continuity of Care for Elderly Patients with Chronic Diseases Cuts Costs and Complications

    Mar 17, 2014

    Among a large group of Medicare patients, even modest improvements in the continuity of care for those with diabetes, congestive heart failure, or emphysema were associated with sizable reductions in use of hospital emergency departments and hospitalizations.