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.

  • Report

    Choices for America in a Turbulent World

    Jul 23, 2015

    The first report in RAND's "Strategic Rethink" project examines the diverse array of foreign policy challenges facing America. Among them is whether to center and contain Chinese influence, collaborate with it for common purposes, or accommodate it in ways that minimize damage to U.S. interests.

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    Getting the Most Out of University Strategic Planning

    Jun 15, 2015

    Strategic planning can help universities remain stable and respond constructively to competition and external threats. To help ensure that this exercise is successful, there are steps that institutions can take, like implementing formal processes and empowering staff.

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    Strengthening Trust Between Police and the Public

    May 1, 2015

    Amid recent tensions between law enforcement and the public, three key questions must be answered to build the foundation for long-lasting mutual trust, especially given technological changes that are increasing transparency.

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)