RAND Investment in People and Ideas

This research in the public interest was supported by RAND, using discretionary funds made possible by the generosity of RAND's donors and the fees earned on client-funded research. For information about giving opportunities, see Support RAND.

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    Examining ISIS Support and Opposition on Twitter

    Aug 16, 2016

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

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    Evaluating a Study of State Gun Policies

    Jul 14, 2016

    A RAND study team reviewed an article in The Lancet on the effects of state firearm laws and found problems in its methods and findings. The assessment provides a detailed account of the errors and statistical support for the team's conclusions.

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    Operations, Compliance, and Accountability in Corporate Political Spending

    Jun 23, 2016

    Relatively few companies have implemented compliance mechanisms and programs in support of their corporate political spending. A roundtable symposium considered key questions in operations, compliance, ethics, and transparency in political disclosure.

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)