Welcome to the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute

About the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute

RAND created the Gulf States Policy Institute in 2005 to support hurricane recovery and long-term economic development in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Today, RAND Gulf States provides objective analysis to federal, state, and local leaders in support of evidence-based policymaking and the well-being of individuals throughout the Gulf States region. With an office in New Orleans, Louisiana, RAND Gulf States is dedicated to answering the region's toughest questions related to a wide range of issues that include coastal protection and restoration, health care, and workforce development.

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Established in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute tackles tough questions in the topic areas relevant to the region's long-term economic development and the well-being of its residents. For example: How to protect the coasts from future storms? How to provide housing and health care for a population in need? How to educate tomorrow's workforce? And how to ensure energy and transportation for a growing economy?

  • Increasing Community Resilience in the Gulf States Region

    Community resilience requires participation from the whole community to improve response and recovery, and to plan for disaster recovery over the long term. This is a lesson that the U.S. Gulf States have learned in the last decade, and their experiences are helping teach other communities across the nation how to become more resilient.

  • Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on the Gulf Fisheries Industry

    Jan 7, 2017

    Investigating the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf fisheries industry can help stakeholders, policymakers, and researchers understand the resilience of Gulf communities and better plan for future uncertain events.

  • Urban Responses to Climate Change

    Dec 7, 2016

    Cities lie at the epicenter of the nation's response to climate change because more than 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in them. Analysis can inform decisionmaking in complex urban areas where choices among strategies and allocation of resources are especially challenging.

  • Louisiana Teachers Think About and Implement State Standards

    Oct 13, 2016

    State education leaders' efforts to align instruction with standards appear to be making a difference. Louisiana teachers regularly consult classroom resources that address state standards, and are teaching in ways that differ from the norms in other states.

  • Using Insights from Behavioral Economics to Strengthen Disaster Preparedness and Response

    Jun 2, 2016

    Some behavioral economics-based interventions may be applicable to disaster preparedness and response. More evidence is needed on the subject, but the low cost and potentially high impact of such interventions show promise.