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

    Alternatives to the ACA's Affordability Firewall

    Oct 5, 2015

    RAND examined the policy impacts of the Affordable Care Act's "affordability firewall," which limits subsidies to individuals lacking access to alternative sources of coverage that are "affordable," and investigated two potential modifications.

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    Could California Do More to Prevent Drunk Driving?

    Sep 30, 2015

    Although alcohol-related traffic deaths have decreased nationwide, California’s rate began to rise again in 2011. Future approaches to addressing DUIs need to better target the problem drinking that underlies impaired driving.

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    Building the Army We Will Need

    Sep 23, 2015

    Failure to correctly estimate the number of soldiers needed or to provide adequate resources to the U.S. Army can lead to a failure of U.S. strategy and subsequent regret. Policymakers should plan and resource a larger ground force to meet the commitments that the United States has made.

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)