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.
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 Health has launched COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of
Reform Efforts) to help provide policymakers and interested parties with a unique way of understanding and evaluating the effects and unintended consequences of health care reform proposals certain to be introduced in the new 111th Congress and beyond.
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.
In mid-November, RAND conducted a survey of nearly 4,000 U.S. adults on whether they had received a flu shot in order to inform public health officials about midseason progress on vaccinations while action can still be taken to improve uptake. The results reveal that the majority of those who should have been vaccinated had not.
This evaluation of arts education in grades K-12 in Pittsburgh public schools finds strengths in the school district's program hampered by uneven access and weak partnerships with community arts organizations, both perhaps due to the lack of a comprehensive district-wide arts education policy.
Project CHOICE is a weekly confidential after-school program for Los Angeles teenagers to discuss alcohol, cigarette, and drug use, and to get information on teenage substance use, its consequences, and how to avoid it.
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.
Recent data suggest that the rate of LBW infants born in the United States has reached its highest level in almost 30 years. In a current project of RAND's Promising Practices Network, readers are invited to submit questions to three leading child and maternal health experts about dealing with this serious public health challenge.
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.
A new RAND Labor and Population Project will examine how best to achieve and harness workplace diversity, a growing priority for U.S. companies and government agencies who want their workforces to reflect the evolving racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and generational makeup of American society and meet the challenges of the global market place.
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.
The Pardee Center was established in 2001 to enhance the overall future quality and condition of human life by aggressively disseminating and applying new methods for long-term policy analysis in a wide variety of policy areas where they are needed most.
The new Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS) is designed to examine the current location, well-being, and plans of people who lived in the City of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005.
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.
What does research tell us about media and outcomes for young children?
Child Policy experts answer your questions on the topic of videos and
television programming for children under two years old.
RAND Global Health supports the development of health systems and good health policy in the global community by analyzing, modeling, and assessing policy options for public and private sector entities in the United States and around the world.
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.
The RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy provides analytic expertise on critical issues facing the Asia-Pacific region. These include relations between North and South Korea, Afghanistan reconstruction, nuclear proliferation in India and Pakistan, and U.S.-China economic policy.
In a panel discussion hosted by the RAND Corporation, RAND researchers and experts in the field made observations on the implementation and effectiveness of No Child Left Behind. Audio of the event is available online.
California's sizeable achievement gaps in second and third grades have early roots. The California Preschool Study evaluates the quality of preschool education in the state and examines ways to maximize child development and school readiness benefits.
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.
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."
The RAND Center for Global Risk and Security draws on RAND's unparalleled breadth of expertise to provide a focal point for cross-cutting, multi-disciplinary research and analysis on the increasingly complex issue of global security.
Neighborhoods can affect life expectancy and conditions such as heart disease and asthma. To better understand such links, RAND Health has created the RAND Center for Population Health and Health Disparities.
In a policy forum hosted by the Promising Practices Network and Kansas Action for Children, top experts from around the country shared research and practice knowledge related to federal and state SCHIP policy. Video of the event is available online.
At the request of the Qatari leadership, RAND examined the K-12 education system in Qatar, recommending options for reform and providing support for its implementation. RAND is also analyzing the scholarship system and the entire postsecondary education and training sector in Qatar.
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.
The RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) provides expertise on critical issues facing the Middle East. Recent CMEPP projects include education reform in the region, transition to democracy, and the viability of a Palestinian state.
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.
25 years ago this year, Donald Hubbs, President of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, asked RAND to address the looming crisis of adolescent drug use. RAND researcher Phyllis Ellickson's ensuing work made her a pioneer in the field of prevention science.
The RAND Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation works to develop better models to understand the consequences of biomedical developments and social forces for health, health spending, and health care delivery.
A RAND Education project is analyzing six local attempts to improve arts education for children. The study examines how collaborative and coordinated efforts strive to achieve high-quality arts learning experiences across communities.
The HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study (HCSUS) was the first major research effort to collect comprehensive information on HIV patients and HIV care in the U.S. RAND received the 2005 Policy Impact Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research for the work done through HCSUS.
The RAND Gulf States Policy Institute has developed a toolkit designed for schools that want to help students recover from traumatic experiences. A companion database allows people to search the trauma recovery programs to find the ones that best match their needs.
Nations across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia face complex challenges in education, health care, security, and more. The RAND-Qatar Policy Institute analyzes these issues and helps implement solutions firmly rooted in regional realities.
What forces shape the attitudes and aspirations of the Middle East's younger generation? The RAND Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth strives to understand the complex setting affecting these young people and looks for ways to support them in achieving better lives and democratic societies.
Technological innovation is central to critical infrastructures like transportation and energy systems, counterterrorism, space enterprise, and nearly every other aspect of society. RAND Transportation, Space, and Technology manages research on new technologies and their implications for the nation and the world.
RAND's American Life Panel surveys people age 40 and over on the Internet, which allows for greater flexibility in survey design and instantly accessible data. Current studies analyze opinions on Medicare Plan D, health shocks, and financial decisionmaking.
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.
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.
Sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, the National Computer Security Survey will report on the number and consequences of cyber attacks, frauds and thefts of information among the 5.3 million businesses in the United States.
The Public Health Preparedness Database is a searchable database designed to help local and state public health departments identify the best exercises to prepare for emergencies, including incidents of bioterrorism.
While there is no sure path to improving the future human condition, there is no shortage of books that address themselves to some aspect of improving that future. As part of its mission, the RAND Pardee Center has compiled a list of 50 such forward-thinking books.
RAND Safety and Justice 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.
The Promising Practices Network (PPN) provides quality evidence-based information about what works to improve the lives of children, families, and communities.
Most patients with symptoms of depression are not treated effectively in primary care settings. Partners in Care
offers two quality improvement programs for treatment in primary care practices—one focusing on medication, the other on psychotherapy.
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.
Nations and families around the world face serious challenges related to population trends. The RAND program Population Matters addresses these concerns through research communication that informs policymaking and public awareness.
RAND Europe's Surface Transportation Programme applies innovative methodologies to analyze transport planning and policy problems. Research focuses on safety and security of the global maritime system, road capacity, freight options, and more.
RAND is conducting an evaluation of California’s implementation of welfare reform under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunities Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, The project is being conducted under contract from the California Department of Social Services.
RAND Health is researching electronic prescribing as a way to deliver accurate information to the point of care, improving prescribing safety and accuracy.
Drawing on RAND's expertise in health and foreign policy, the Center for Domestic and International Health Security strives to improve global health, prepare Americans to cope with the psychological effects of terrorism, and strengthen the U.S. public health system.
The RAND Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy provides research to inform public and private decisionmakers on economic security in the face of the terrorism threat.
Substance abuse exacts a high toll in local communities, and implementing prevention programs can be difficult. A joint project of RAND and the University of South Carolina is trying to aid community coalitions to prevent substance abuse and improve health.
The RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, or CCEG, is committed to improving public understanding of corporate ethics, law, and governance, and to identifying specific ways that businesses can operate ethically, legally, and profitably at the same time.
The RAND Center for Russia and Eurasia provides policymakers, scholars, business leaders and others with an in-depth understanding of developmental processes in Russia and the New Independent States of Eurasia.
In 2000, California voters approved Proposition 36, which mandates probation and drug treatment—instead of prison—for nonviolent drug possession offenses. RAND and Orange County, California, are collaborating to evaluate Proposition 36 at the county level, which may serve as a national model.
The Department of Defense selected RAND to provide analytical support to the Gilmore Commission, an advisory panel charged with assessing U.S. domestic response to the threat of weapons of mass destruction. Since 1998, RAND has assisted the commission with staff support and key findings from RAND research and analysis.
RAND is working with Andrews University to create an illicit drug database. The database will track pertinent legislation in all states and D.C., social, political, and economic environment variables, and the effectiveness of policies and environmental factors at reducing teen drug use. The goal is to create an aid for policymakers and analysts who wish to evaluate the effects of particular state and local policies or proposals on youth illicit drug use and its harmful consequences.
RAND Health is conducting a study to determine how much patient care could improve and how much money could be saved if U.S. health care professionals increase their use of information technology (IT). Although widely used for administrative systems such as billing, few clinicians use IT for functions such as electronic medical records. The study will focus on this and related clinical applications.
The University of Miami and the RAND Corporation announced the formation of a new partnership to restructure the University's North-South Center, which focuses on the Caribbean and Latin America.
Needle (syringe) exchange programs may prevent HIV among drug users. Federal drug laws ban these programs, but some local health laws allow them to operate. RAND’s Drug Policy Research Center is conducting research on needle exchange and other drug-related topics.
Population Matters is a division of RAND division and conducts research in several areas, including family planning, demographics, population and the environment, and Russia and Eastern Europe studies.
Mentoring relationships can help children’s academic and social development. A RAND-operated web site called Promising Practices Network, offers details on proven and promising mentoring programs.
The Family Life Surveys are a set of detailed household and community surveys of developing countries conducted by RAND, in collaboration with research institutions in Malaysia, Indonesia, Guatemala, and Bangladesh.
Needle (syringe) exchange programs may prevent HIV among drug users. Federal drug laws ban these programs, but some local health laws allow them to operate. RAND's Drug Policy Research Center is conducting research on needle exchange and other drug-related topics.
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.