Research and Policy in International Development (RAPID)
Understanding the factors influencing economic growth and development is crucial to enhancing the human welfare of a nation. RAND Corporation established RAPID to fulfill this objective. RAPID staff are dedicated to providing decisionmakers at all levels of government and in the private sector with the objective analysis needed to enhance the wellbeing of people in developing countries around the world.
Ongoing Projects and Activities in International Development
Assessing the Impacts of Farmer Field Schools on Excessive Fertilizer Use in China
This evaluation, based on a randomized control trial in 48 villages in Beijing and Hunan provinces, seeks to estimate the effect of training Chinese farmers in the proper use and application of fertilizers, focusing on the role of farmer cooperative organizations (FCO).
Toolkit for Evaluation of Financial Education Programs in Low and Middle Income Countries
Funded by the World Bank, this project will create a toolkit that will provide practical guidelines for measuring the impact of financial education interventions on behavior and financial wellbeing in low and middle-income countries, as well as documenting changes in knowledge and skills. This project will cover pilot interventions in multiple countries, including India, Brazil, South Africa and Uganda.
Capacity Building at the Kurdistan Regional Statistics Organization Through Data Collection
In this project RAND is assisting the Kurdistan Regional Statistics Organization (KRSO) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in building capacity to undertake the data collection RAND has recommended in an earlier study. RAND researchers are working closely with the KRSO and in consultation with relevant ministries to prepare, conduct, and analyze from start to finish surveys critical to policymaking by the KRG. RAND would provide overall guidance and training, both analytical and hands-on.
Fostering Private-Sector Job Growth in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
In this study, RAND researchers are providing the Kurdistan Regional Government with strategies to foster private-sector job growth in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq by providing estimates of future changes in both the labor force and the composition of the private sector and facilitating matches between private-sector employers seeking workers and individuals seeking employment. This study is designed to build on recent RAND research on civil-service reform and private-sector development.