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.
How to Develop Home Visiting Programs: A Guide for Communities — December 4, 2013
Describes the Getting To Outcomes® for Home Visiting manual, a ten-step guide for planning, implementing, and evaluating home visiting programs aimed at improving outcomes for families with young children.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Material Hardships Among Low-Income Households with Children — December 1, 2013
This study estimates the effects of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on the risk of food as well as nonfood material hardships experienced by low-income households with children.
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.