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    Quality of Life Indicators and Policy Strategies to Advance Sustainability in the Pearl River DeltaNovember 6, 2015

    This report proposes a system of quality of life indicators and identifies policy options to advance sustainability in the Pearl River Delta, a region of Guangdong Province in southeastern China. The report focuses on land use and transportation goals and strategies, with additional analysis of policies related to the environment, housing, and economic development.

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    Nanomaterial Safety in the Workplace: Pilot Project for Assessing the Impact of the NIOSH Nanotechnology Research CenterNovember 3, 2015

    RAND researchers use literature reviews and stakeholder interviews to develop a preliminary logic model to help the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Nanotechnology Research Center assess its contributions to improving the safety and health of workers who could be affected by the production, use, reuse, or disposal of engineered nanomaterials.

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    Enhancing U.S. Coast Guard MetricsOctober 27, 2015

    The U.S. Coast Guard needs to measure its operational-level performance effectively. To assist this effort, the authors created logic models detailing elements of the Coast Guard's 11 missions. After identifying and assessing the validity, reliability, and feasibility of relevant existing metrics, the authors go on to propose potential metrics that could improve on or complement existing metrics, as well as a framework for applying the metrics.

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    Evaluating the Impact of Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) on Fatigue and the Implications for Driver SafetyOctober 22, 2015

    Summarizes the findings from RAND's review of the literature on whole-body vibration (WBV) and fatigue and also considers appropriate study designs and methodologies to inform new areas of research focused on the impact of WBV on fatigue with the goal of improving the safety of truck drivers. Identifies 24 studies examining the impact of WBV on fatigue or sleepiness. Recommendations for future studies to strengthen the evidence base are included.

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    The Strategic Perspective and Long-Term Socioeconomic Strategies for Israel: Key Methods with an Application to AgingSeptember 30, 2015

    RAND researchers supported a high-level Israeli government team tasked with improving long-term socioeconomic strategy for the state. This report highlights selected inputs made to the government team to summarize the essential mechanics and roles for bringing a strategic perspective to policy consideration. To show how one can use a strategic perspective in an analysis of policy choices, the report uses the example of an aging population.