The RAND-Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI) is a collaboration between the RAND Corporation and Qatar Foundation. Our mission is to help decisionmakers design and implement sound policies for a better and more sustainable future.
RQPI was established in Doha in 2003 to study important issues facing Qatar and the region. Through RQPI, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private-sector institutions across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia can tap into RAND's renowned expertise.
Research projects at RQPI have spanned education, health care, energy, security, and many other topics. Strategic planning, program evaluation, risk and technology assessments, cost-benefit analysis, and choice modeling are among RQPI's core capabilities.
One of the things taken for granted in the United States is the vast network of school buses—about 26 million children ride 480,000 buses every day. But in other parts of the world, getting millions of children to and from the right school, on time, safely, and for a reasonable cost is a significant challenge.
State financing of higher education is under stress as countries all over the world struggle with fiscal pressures. Researchers review a number of cost-sharing policies that can be adopted and how they may affect access to and the quality of education.
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is accepting applications for the 2012 WISE Awards, which honor education projects around the world—including in primary education—that have had a positive societal impact and can serve as models for other institutions or nations. Submissions for the awards will be accepted through May 31, and the winners will be announced at the 2012 WISE Summit in November in Doha, which will include presentations and discussions by RAND researchers. RAND is a partner to the annual event.
Considering the challenges associated with continued growth and demographic changes, the government of Qatar is interested in updating its school transportation system (STS). This volume assesses the perspectives of parents and school administrators, identifies a vision for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve it.
A collaboration between the RAND Corporation and Qatar Foundation, the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI) analyzes complex policy problems and helps policymakers create enduring solutions. This publication provides an overview of RQPI, including the research questions examined by the institute, its approach to client relations and quality assurance, its research capabilities, and the public policy areas on which RQPI is focused.