Research on Children and Families
RAND Labor and Population researchers are at the forefront of efforts to understand how early childhood experiences influence outcomes later in life and how public policy can help families raise healthy children who are ready for the challenges of school and adolescence.
Informed by economics, sociology, and health sciences, our researchers understand that children are deeply influences by the choices their parents make before birth and during the first years of life, and that these choices reflect constraints that can be influenced by public policy.
Getting To Outcomes® for Home Visiting: How to Plan, Implement, and Evaluate a Program in Your Community to Support Parents and Their Young Children — September 24, 2013
Many home visiting programs have been shown to be effective at supporting parents and young children, but local communities that decide to implement home visiting may encounter challenges in choosing and implementing a program. This manual describes the ten-step Getting To Outcomes® for Home Visiting process that helps empower groups to better plan, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs, in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Individual Behavior as a Pathway Between Early-Life Shocks and Adult Health: Evidence from Hunger Episodes in Post-War Germany — September 24, 2013
Investigates long-run effects of episodes of hunger experienced as a child on health status and behavioral outcomes in later life.
Examines how adolescent friendship networks are linked to binge drinking trajectories into young adulthood using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Reports on cohabitation and marriage data coming from the third wave of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Investigates the impact of nonmarital cohabitation and marriage on a range of physical and mental health indicators and health behaviors.