RAND Investment in People and Ideas

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  • Report

    How an Independent Kurdistan Might Impact Its Neighbors

    Nov 14, 2016

    The Kurds make up the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East, but they have never formed a permanent nation state. If the Kurdish region of northern Iraq were to declare its independence, the move would create political and economic problems for Turkey, Iran, and the Iraqi central government.

  • Report

    Estimated Popular Vote Totals for the Presidential Election

    Nov 1, 2016

    Researchers used the RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey to estimate the popular vote in the U.S. election and determine which candidate Americans think will win.

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    Voters' Support for Key Issues Changed

    Oct 12, 2016

    Voters' opinions of both major-party candidates remain low, but their attitudes on two issues have shifted. Support for building a fence along the Mexican border has decreased while support for providing a legal way for illegal immigrants already in the United States to become citizens has increased.

Contributing to the Public Good: Sponsoring Individual Projects

Private donors have made a significant contribution to the public interest in recent years by funding individual research projects at RAND, including

Foundations have also played an important role in advancing RAND's research agenda, with such projects as

  • Reframing the debate about the benefits of the arts and other arts-related research (The Wallace Foundation)
  • Studying the way legal and regulatory policymaking affect small businesses and entrepreneurship (Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation)
  • Examining early childhood education, including research into the potential effects of universal preschool programs (The David and Lucille Packard Foundation)
  • Improving geriatric health care through interdisciplinary research centers (The John A. Hartford Foundation)