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.
The Analysis of Duocentric Social Networks: A PrimerFebruary 13, 2015
The authors offer new tools for expanding on the existing literature by describing methods of collecting and analyzing duocentric social networks, that is, the combined social networks of couples.
Studies the effect of a ban on informal (traditional) birth attendants imposed by the Malawi government.
Explores if policies promoting institutional deliveries in developing countries can actually reduce newborn deaths.
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.