Featured Research

  • Fifteen Years After 9/11: A Preliminary Balance Sheet

    Sep 21, 2016

    Fifteen years after 9/11, the United States is better organized and equipped to combat terrorism. But the country still faces a multi-tiered threat, and its citizens remain fearful.

  • Cost of Cyber Incidents to American Companies Is Less Than Expected

    Sep 20, 2016

    Why don't American companies invest more in computer security? One possible explanation: Relative to the other risks they face, cyber risks often aren't as significant as expected. Most breaches cost companies less than 0.4 percent of their annual revenues.

  • Physicians with Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine for Opioid Addiction Have Capacity to Treat More Patients

    Sep 20, 2016

    Many American physicians who prescribe buprenorphine to treat individuals addicted to opioids are prescribing substantially below the patient limits allowed by law. More than 20 percent of waivered physicians treated only three or fewer patients.

  • Education Policies Can Help Migrant Children in EU

    Sep 16, 2016

    Building relationships between educators and parents of migrant children in the EU, and dedicating more resources to schools with a high concentration of migrants, may help redress disparities in educational outcomes.

  • Al Shabaab Is Weakened but Not Defeated in Somalia

    Sep 13, 2016

    Efforts to weaken the al Qa'ida-linked terrorist group al Shabaab in Somalia have had some success, but the U.S. campaign there is in jeopardy. Urgent steps are needed to address the political, economic, and governance challenges at the heart of the conflict.

  • Measuring the Costs of Crime Should Include Judicial Costs

    Sep 12, 2016

    When considering the costs of crime, policymakers and the public typically think about the price of housing prisoners, not the judicial costs. The costs to taxpayers of prosecuting, defending, and adjudicating crimes are part of the dollar impact, and can show the potential savings from crime prevention.

  • Which Countries Could Become Disease Hot Spots?

    Sep 12, 2016

    Identifying and focusing on vulnerable countries that could become hot spots for infectious disease could help in the fight against future outbreaks.

  • Clarifying the Rules for Using Drones in Targeted Killing

    Sep 8, 2016

    U.S. international legal policies involving the use of drones in targeted killing need more clarity, specificity, and consistency. Policymakers must define an approach that protects civilians and human rights, while allowing latitude to fight terrorism.

  • Summer Learning Programs Benefit Low-Income Urban Students

    Sep 7, 2016

    Low-income students lose ground in the summer relative to their wealthier peers. High-quality voluntary summer learning programs can help disadvantaged students catch up and succeed in school, but consistent attendance is crucial.

  • Scams Team Helps Tackle Mass Marketing Fraud

    Sep 1, 2016

    Mass marketing fraud affects all members of society, regardless of their age, class, occupation, socio-economic background, race, or gender. The National Trading Standards Scams Team is helping to reduce the impact of mass marketing fraud on consumers in England and Wales.

  • Israel's Iran Policies After the Nuclear Deal

    Aug 29, 2016

    Israel was one of the most vocal opponents of the Iran nuclear talks. But once the nuclear deal became a reality, Israel's attention turned to nonnuclear challenges, particularly Iran's growing role in Syria.

  • Cost Savings Possible from Reducing Use of Low-Value Health Services

    Aug 29, 2016

    The first national study to examine spending on a wide array of low-value health services among adults with commercial health insurance finds that while use of such services is modest, there is considerable potential for cost savings.

  • Using High-Performance Computing to Support Water Resource Planning

    Aug 25, 2016

    Researchers from RAND and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used high-performance computer simulations to stress-test several water management strategies over many plausible future scenarios in near real time.

  • Can Technology Make Schools Safer?

    Aug 22, 2016

    Concerns about violence have led many schools to seek out safety technologies such as metal detectors, anonymous “tip lines,” and video surveillance systems. How effective are these at helping schools prevent and respond to threats and acts of violence?

  • More Research Would Inform Innovative Approaches to Veteran Employment

    Aug 22, 2016

    While the aim of veteran employment programs is to help veterans transition to civilian jobs, their impact is unclear. RAND hosted two workshops to recommend improvements to veteran employment opportunities and identify research gaps.

  • Prescription Drug Use Rises, Out-of-Pocket Spending Drops Among Those Newly Insured Under the ACA

    Aug 17, 2016

    A study of nearly 7 million prescription drug users' experiences provides strong evidence that the Affordable Care Act has increased treatment rates while reducing out-of-pocket spending, particularly for those with certain chronic health conditions.

  • Examining ISIS Support and Opposition on Twitter

    Aug 16, 2016

    ISIS uses Twitter to inspire followers, recruit fighters, and spread its message. Its opponents use Twitter to denounce the group. An analysis of the communities opposed to ISIS suggests inroads for influence that the U.S. government's social media strategy should explore.

  • Options for Investing in Access to High-Quality Preschool in Cincinnati

    Aug 16, 2016

    Like many other major American cities, Cincinnati is seeking to expand access to and raise the quality of preschool programs, especially for its most vulnerable kids. What are the city's options?

  • Growth of the Online Illicit Drugs Trade

    Aug 8, 2016

    Silk Road was the first major online marketplace for illegal goods on the hidden web. Since the FBI took it down in 2013, copycats have filled the void. Transactions for illicit drugs on cryptomarkets have tripled and revenues have doubled.

  • Getting to Outcomes® Guide for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

    Aug 5, 2016

    This guide is designed to help organizations assess the need for and select a teen pregnancy prevention program, identify specific goals and outcomes, create a detailed plan, identify and use evaluation measures, and apply data for program improvement.