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  • Developing Robust Strategies for Climate Change and Other Risks: A Water Utility Framework

    Developing Robust Strategies for Climate Change and Other Risks: A Water Utility FrameworkJanuary 28, 2015

    RAND researchers and collaborators present a comprehensive approach for water utilities to assess climate risks to their systems and evaluate adaptation strategies. The approach, based on Robust Decision Making, is demonstrated through pilot studies with two water utilities: Colorado Springs Utilities and New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

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    Home Health Care for California's Injured Workers: Options for Implementing a Fee ScheduleJanuary 27, 2015

    The California Department of Industrial Relations/Division of Worker's Compensation asked RAND to help develop a fee schedule for home health services provided to injured workers. After consulting stakeholders, reviewing other payers' fee schedules, and interviewing WC administrators from other states, the researchers focused on options to create a single fee schedule covering the full range of services and made three sets of recommendations.

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    Recommendations for Improving the Recruiting and Hiring of Los Angeles FirefightersJanuary 22, 2015

    Reviews the Los Angeles Fire Department's hiring practices as of June 2014 and outlines a recommended new firefighter hiring process that is intended to increase efficiency of the hiring process, bolster the evidence supporting the validity of it, and make it more transparent and inclusive.

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    High-Priority Information Technology Needs for Law EnforcementJanuary 19, 2015

    This study reports on strategic planning activities supporting the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in the area of information technology, collecting and analyzing data on law enforcement needs and identifying potential solutions through technology assessment studies, extensive outreach and liaison activities, and subject matter expert panels.

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    Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other JurisdictionsJanuary 16, 2015

    Marijuana legalization is a controversial and multifaceted issue that is now the subject of serious debate. In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill requiring the Secretary of Administration to produce a report about various consequences of legalizing marijuana. This resulting report provides a foundation for thinking about the various consequences of different policy options while being explicit about the uncertainties involved.