The California Department of Social Services has funded research to determine if SB 1041 is achieving its objectives of improving recipient well-being and flexibility of services, as well as if there are any unintended consequences.
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 influenced 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.
Process Evaluation of the New Mexico Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Competitive Development GrantJuly 23, 2014
This report describes the evaluation of the New Mexico Home Visiting Competitive Development Grant, which aimed to pilot test the use of implementation supports to improve the development and implementation of home visiting in high-need communities. It documents significant challenges in meeting grant goals, including use of the proposed implementation supports, initiation of home visiting programs, and building effective community coalitions.
Geographic Targeting in Urban Areas: A Social-Welfare Program for Older People in MexicoJuly 1, 2014
This report details a comparison of the results of a social-gap index based on local and social observations at the block level with other marginalization and social-gap rates used to target social-welfare programs in Mexico. It also assesses the feasibility of targeting delivery of noncontributory pensions for older people who live in urban areas.
Policy options to improve dementia long-term care include those that increase public awareness and promote earlier detection, improve access to and quality of services, increase support to family caregivers, and reduce the cost burden.
In 2010, 15 percent of Americans older than age 70 had dementia. By 2050, the number of new dementia cases among those 65 and older is expected to double. This blueprint outlines policy options to help decisionmakers improve dementia long-term services and supports (LTSS) by promoting earlier detection, improving access to LTSS, promoting person- and caregiver-centered care, supporting caregivers, and reducing dementia LTSS costs.
As a first step in a larger study of Delaware Stars, a voluntary quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early learning and care programs, RAND researchers examined prior QRIS validation research, analyzed Delaware Stars administrative data, conducted key stakeholder interviews and focus groups, and implemented a virtual pilot test using national data to identify relationships between program quality and child developmental outcomes.