Featured Projects

  • Researchers Offer "On-Call Facility" for International Healthcare Comparisons

    Recognising that robust information on health systems in other countries can provide valuable lessons for the British National Health Service, the Department of Health commissioned a team of researchers at RAND Europe and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to create the "On-Call Facility" for International Healthcare Comparisons.

  • Research Addresses Issues of Water Resources Management and Planning

    RAND brings together cross-disciplinary research teams to evaluate the complex issues surrounding water resources management and planning; apply innovative methods that tackle problems from multiple perspectives and address uncertainty that is often ignored; and recommend solutions that are innovative, effective, and enduring.

  • Does Transferring Cash to Women Improve Household Well-Being?

    Many cash transfer programmes designate women and mothers as transfer recipients, on the assumption that doing so will lead to better outcomes. RAND Europe is undertaking a systematic review for the UK Department for International Development to assess whether transferring cash to women rather than men in low- and middle-income countries has a greater impact on household well-being.

  • A Prototype Interactive Mapping Tool to Target Low Health Literacy in Missouri

    This web-based mapping tool can help health care decisionmakers in Missouri identify community-level hotspots where suboptimal health care exists, in particular when it is related to low health literacy.

  • RAND Europe Team Evaluates Programs and Audits Performance

    RAND Europe's Evaluation and Performance Audit program helps decision- and policymakers improve the analysis underlying their choices. The research team works across a range of topical disciplines and uses mixed methods of inquiry involving both qualitative and quantitative approaches.

  • Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS) Assesses Vulnerable Populations, Post-Katrina

    The new Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey examines the current location, well-being, and plans of people who lived in the City of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in August 2005.

  • RAND Project AIR FORCE

    RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF) is the product of visionary thinking that led to a RAND-Air Force partnership now approaching its seventh decade. PAF's mission is to conduct an integrated program of objective analysis on issues of enduring concern to Air Force leaders.

  • Understanding Preferences Through Choice Modeling and Valuation

    RAND Europe's "Choice Modelling and Valuation" group provides specific expertise in using discrete choice modeling methods to understand and predict choice behavior as a result of policy intervention. This work is frequently undertaken in the transport sector, but expertise is increasingly applied in sectors including health and social care, post and communications, and provision of regulated consumer services.

  • RAND Palestine Initiative

    The RAND Palestine Initiative, a multidisciplinary team of experts from the RAND Corporation that has been working with Palestinians, Israelis, and the international community, presents key aspects of "The Arc," options for strengthening the physical infrastructure for a new Palestinian state.

  • The RAND Intelligence Policy Center

    The RAND Intelligence Policy Center (IPC) assists clients as they confront today’s rapidly evolving intelligence environment. The Center helps decisionmakers identify and define emerging threats, such as terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, which are more fragmented than the threats of the past. The Center´s research provides a strong foundation on foreign political, cultural, and military developments.

  • Examining the UK National Policing Improvement Agency's Workforce Resilience

    To help ensure the adequacy and modernisation of the British police workforce, the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) has requested that RAND Europe investigate the relationship between the demand for policing services, the risk that the demand will not be met, and the resources required to ensure that the demand is met. The RAND Europe project team is examining police force labour economic issues and where gaps may exist, with a goal to assisting the NPIA in its workforce planning efforts.

  • Financial Literacy Center Helps Promote Informed Financial Decisionmaking

    The Financial Literacy Center brings together policymakers, practitioners, and researchers in order to develop educational tools and programs that help individuals prepare for their long-term financial stability, including those with low to moderate incomes, young employees, women, people with disabilities, and seniors.

  • Reviewing Ofcom's Performance in the Context of Converged Regulation

    Since 2003, Ofcom has overseen the broader UK communications market as a converged communications regulator. At the request of the National Audit Office, RAND Europe is evaluating Ofcom's performance compared with that of other international regulators that are dealing with similar challenges, such as next generation access networks and access to emergency services using voice-over-internet protocol.

  • Innovation and Technology Policies Drive Growth in Europe

    Science, technology and innovation can drive economic growth and lie at the heart of efforts to create better societies. RAND Europe's Innovation and Technology team works with public and private sector decisionmakers to help inform key decisions on science, technology and innovation policy in Europe and globally.

  • Influenza Vaccine Use by Adults in the United States

    The Flu Vaccine Survey reviews nationally representative samples of adults to collect data on the receipt of seasonal influenza vaccine in the United States.

  • Research Center Focuses on Homeland Security and Defense

    The Homeland Security and Defense Center conducts analysis to prepare and protect communities and critical infrastructure from natural disasters and terrorism and is a joint effort of the RAND National Security Research Division and RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

  • Measuring the Impact of Local Regulation in the UK

    Local Authority Regulatory Services (LARS) are an important element of UK local government activity, but until recently their impacts were little understood. The Local Better Regulation Office (LBRO) commissioned RAND Europe to develop a means to measure the impacts and outcomes of LARS.

  • The RAND Center for Global Risk and Security

    The RAND Center for Global Risk and Security reflects the need for a focal point for crosscutting, multidisciplinary research and analysis on the increasingly complex issue of global security. It draws on the unparalleled breadth of related RAND expertise—from strategy and health to technology and criminal justice—and expands upon the long history of RAND excellence in informing security policy by exploring innovative new areas of inquiry that cut across traditional perspectives.

  • Integrating DoD's Occupational and Non-Occupational Health Services

    The Department of Defense (DoD) is considering moving toward a more integrated employee health system that includes occupational safety and health for active-duty service members. RAND compiled extensive information about the current system and requisite elements for such integration.

  • Allegheny County Maternal Depression and Child Health Care Initiative

    The Allegheny County Maternal Depression and Child Health Care Initiative helped to promote healthy lifestyles and positive health outcomes, reduce preventable disease and environmental health risks, eliminate health disparities, and ensure access to quality care for young children, mothers, and families.

  • RAND Project AIR FORCE: Strategy and Doctrine Program

    Part of RAND Project AIR FORCE, the Strategy and Doctrine Program seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of geopolitical and other problems in the national security environment that affect Air Force operations. PAF maintains expertise in defense strategy; regional analysis; the objectives and tasks of evolving joint operations; and the potential contributions of air and space power to joint operations, defense planning, and requirements for force development.

  • Q-DART: Innovative Solutions to Target Gaps in Health Care Quality and Health Outcomes

    The Q-DART project uses innovative approaches to highlight gaps in quality of care and health outcomes in diverse populations. This helps health plans, public health organizations, and others concerned about improving the care that people receive allocate scarce resources more wisely.

  • RAND Project AIR FORCE: Resource Management Program

    Part of the RAND Project AIR FORCE, the Resource Management Program analyzes policies and practices in the areas of logistics and readiness; outsourcing, privatization, and contracting; the industrial base; planning, programming, and budgeting; infrastructure; and weapon-system cost estimating. The goal of this program is to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of Air Force operations in a resource-constrained environment.

  • RAND Project AIR FORCE: Resource Management Program

    Part of the RAND Project AIR FORCE, the Resource Management Program analyzes policies and practices in the areas of logistics and readiness; outsourcing, privatization, and contracting; the industrial base; planning, programming, and budgeting; infrastructure; and weapon-system cost estimating. The goal of this program is to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of Air Force operations in a resource-constrained environment.

  • Special Needs Populations Mapping for Public Health Preparedness

    The Special Needs Populations Mapping tool can help public health agencies develop appropriate strategies for incorporating special needs populations into public health preparedness and response planning.

  • Analyzing the Change in the Flow and Composition of U.S.-Mexico Return Migrants

    To inform the current debate on migrant selection, RAND analyzed the composition and migration flows of return migrants from the United States to Mexico from 1993 to 2004, based on data from the EMIF (Encuesta sobre Migración en la Frontera Norte de México).

  • The RAND Frederick S. Pardee Center for Longer Range Global Policy and the Future Human Condition

    The RAND Pardee Center pursues ambitious objectives: to improve our ability to think about the longer-range future – from 35 to as far as 200 years ahead – and to develop new methods of analyzing potential long-range, global effects of today's policy options in order to design sound policies that are sensitive to those effects.

  • RAND Project AIR FORCE: Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program

    Part of the RAND Project AIR FORCE, the Manpower, Personnel, and Training Program concentrates on questions about workforce size and composition and about the best ways to recruit, train, pay, promote, and retain personnel. PAF's research encompasses the total workforce: active duty, guard, reserve, civilian, and contractor personnel.

  • Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making Studies Human Behavior

    Ongoing research at the Center for Financial and Economic Decision Making (CFED) addresses the process of financial decision making over the life-cycle, in particular assessing how people collect information; how they think about risks, and probabilities; and how well they match their decisions to their preferences and interests.

  • RAND Research in Latin America and Africa

    RAND engages in significant research in the regions of Latin America and Africa. RAND Latin America work began during the Cold War era with in-depth analysis of U.S.-Cuban relations and has expanded to include issues related to health, education, economics, demographics, and political reform. RAND work covering sub-Saharan Africa encompasses many critical issues related to health, education, and political reform in the developing world.

  • Exploring Injury and Disability Among California Public Safety Employees

    Public safety officers have much higher incidence and cost of injuries that result in disability retirement than other public employees. RAND research helped the Commission on Health and Safety Workers' Compensation and the California legislature in their efforts to provide adequate workers' compensation and disability benefits.

  • Do Insurance Discounts Help Firms Encourage Workplace Safety?

    Some workers' compensation insurers offer discounts to firms that have safety plans. While an evaluation of the voluntary Pennsylvania Certified Safety Committee (CSC) program found that compliance did reduce injuries, most participants did not comply with CSC requirements.

  • Effects of Mexican Pension Reform on Well-Being During Retirement

    Mexico introduced personal retirement accounts in 1997, and it is important to understand who have been the winners and losers of this type of pension reform. The research team used social security administrative records to examine the effects of the Mexican pension system reform and model other outcomes.

  • Neighborhoods and Biological Markers of Allostatic Load

    Understanding the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and the cumulative wear and tear on multiple organ systems as a result of life stress will inform potential interventions.

  • RAND Assesses Post-Deployment Health-Related Needs of Iraq Veterans

    The Invisible Wounds of War Study assessed Iraq veterans' health-related needs associated with PTSD, major depression, and traumatic brain injury; examined the treatment capacity of the current health care system; and estimated the costs of providing quality health care to all military members who need it.

  • Health Indicators Address Quality of Care in Older Adults

    Vulnerable elders receive on average only half of recommended care; for conditions that affect primarily the elderly, they receive appropriate care less than one-third of the time. Interventions based on ACOVE indicators can improve the care physicians provide to older adults.

  • Explaining the Hispanic Health Advantage via Immigrant Selection on Health Behaviors and Chronic Diseases

    On varied measures of health, including the prevalence of certain chronic diseases, U.S. Hispanics consistently fare better than non-Hispanic whites. The aim of this research was to examine selective migration in and out of the U.S. as potential explanations for the "Hispanic health paradox."

  • Advancing Clinical Decision Support

    Advancing Clinical Decision Support is an intensive, multi-part project seeking address the major barriers that must be dealt with in order to enhance decisionmaking in clinical workflow. A particular focus of this project deals with meaningful use of electronic health record systems.

  • Addressing Challenges Facing the Global Supply Chain

    The RAND Supply Chain Policy Center conducts research that helps the public and private sectors address critical issues in freight transportation to the U.S., North American, and international economies.

  • Program Focuses on Infrastructure Research, Technological Innovation

    Technological innovation is central to critical infrastructures like transportation and energy systems, counterterrorism, space enterprise, and nearly every other aspect of society. RAND Science, Technology and Policy Program manages research on new technologies and their implications for the nation and the world.

  • Safe Start Evaluation Project Helps Reduce Negative Impacts of Violence on Children

    Children who are exposed to violence can experience negative social and psychological effects both during the exposure and throughout their lives. The Safe Start Evaluation Project strives to find effective programs to improve children's well-being.

  • Improving Chronic Illness Care Evaluation

    The Improving Chronic Illness Care Evaluation determines the effectiveness of the chronic care model and provides ways to improve care for patients with chronic disease.

  • Justice Policy Program Addresses Public Safety and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

    RAND Justice Policy Program conducts research and analysis on policing, law enforcement, and corrections; crime, gangs, and violence prevention; drug abuse and drug policy; administration of justice; and occupational and transportation safety.

  • Asbestos Litigation: Tracking the Big Picture

    Who exactly should be compensated for asbestos exposure? It's an ongoing and contentious debate. RAND Institute for Civil Justice offers a growing body of research on class action lawsuits related to asbestos.

  • RAND Health Insurance Experiment

    The RAND Health Insurance Experiment was a 15-year, multimillion-dollar effort that encouraged the restructuring of private insurance, helped increase the stature of managed care, and shaped current understanding of how cost sharing affects health care use and health outcomes.