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Directory of RAND Units, Programs, Projects, Institutes, and Initiatives

  • The United States Army's only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for studies and analysis.

    Army Military Research, Arroyo Center
    United States Army, U.S. Army, US Army
    Department of Defense (DoD) Department of the Army
    • U.S. Army, US Army, readiness, force readiness, psychological health, invisible wounds, veterans, veteran's affairs, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), medical deployment, medicine, army medicine, army doctor, army nurse, deployed medic, defense
    • U.S. Army, US Army, operational concepts, alternative force structures, acquisition reform, readiness, force readiness, veterans, veteran's affairs, defense, cyber, cyber-warfare, cyber warfare, cost-estimating
    • resource mix, defense, recruit, recruiting, recruiters, soldier pay, pay, promote, promotion, retention, active, active forces, national guard, reserve, reserves, reserve forces, contractor, military contractor, military contractors, personnel, personnel management, gender diversity, deployment, military deployment
    • U.S. Army, US Army, operational forces, industrial base, military equipment, force readiness, defense, mobility, soldier mobility
    • U.S. Army, US Army, security environment, force structure, battlefield, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, ISR, defense, command and control, counterinsurgency
  • summer learning, early childhood education, teacher effectiveness, value-added modeling, standards-based reforms, accountability, and testing, educational technology, 21st century skills, charter schools, K-12 education reform, educational equity
    Department of Education (DOE) Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Wallace Foundation Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) American Institutes for Research (AIR) Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit (BVIU) New Leaders for New Schools Cultural Village Foundation (Katara) Supreme Education Council Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) The Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii (RCUH) Qatar University University of Arizona, Tucson The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven Policy Studies Associates, Inc. (PSA) College Bound Economic Mobility Corporation (EMC) Educational Testing Service (ETS) The Fund for Public Schools (FPS) The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation National Science Foundation (NSF) University of Michigan (UM) State of Qatar California Municipal Agencies (CMA) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State of Hawaii University of Arizona
  • More than 20 years of not-for-profit research by the European subsidiary of the RAND Corporation

    European Union, modelling, evaluation and impact, innovation, healthcare, defence
    World Bank Qatar Foundation World Health Organization (WHO) European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG-CNECT, DGCNECT) Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG-EMPL DGEMPL) Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (DG-SANCO, DGSANCO) Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services (DG-MARKT, DGMARKT) Directorate-General for Justice (DG-JUST, DGJUST) Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG-RTD DGRTD) European Defence Agency (EDA) Europol Finance Unit (EFU) Agence Française de Developpement Department of Energy and Climate Change Department of Health HS2 (High Speed Two) Ministry of Defence National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) Wellcome Trust GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID) Transport for London (TfL)
    • discrete choice modeling, transport and travel demand modeling, health sector modeling, high speed rail, consumer responsiveness, consumer preferences
    • crime and reoffending, recidivism, illicit markets, substance misuse, migration and integration, community cohesion, drug strategy
    • cyber security and cybercrime, information assurance, defence acquisition, defense planning, terrorism, security, and resilience, EU border control, complex weapons
    • workforce, skills systems, gender equality, children, well-being, workplace safety
    • logic models, frameworks, programme and project evaluation, impact assessment, futures analysis
    • healthcare governance, public health, population health assessments, hospital leadership, HIV/AIDS and ARVs antiretroviral therapy, healthcare quality
    • funding and supporting science, translational research, internet, public-private partnerships, research governance, competitiveness, scientific research
    • Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV/AIDS, cash transfers, good governance, malaria, HIV prevention
  • The nation's most trusted source of objective health policy research.

    obesity, substance abuse, medicaid and medicare, affordable care act (ACA), quality of care, end-of-life care, health information technology (IT), maternal, child, and adolescent health, public health and health systems preparedness
    Medical Research Acquisition Activity (MRAA) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS, CMMS) National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBA) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDKD) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA, VA) Sepulveda VA Medical Center Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Instituto de Nutrición de Centro América y Panamá (INCAP) Los Angeles County (LAC) Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Health (DoH) American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) National University of Singapore (NUS) University of Arkansas (UA) University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) University of California, San Diego (UCSD) University of Pittsburgh (UP, UPitt) Aetna Foundation The Lance Armstrong Foundation California HealthCare Foundation The Commonwealth Fund Elizabeth Dole Foundation The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) McCormick Tribune Foundation The Rockefeller Foundation CIGNA Healthcare Econometrica, Inc. Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. IMPAQ International NC Healthcare Innovation, LLC Optimer Pharmaceuticals PepsiCo. Inc. WellPoint Health Network Inc. American Medical Association (AMA) America's Health Insurance Plans Foundation (AHIPF) Arkansas Tobacco Settlement Commission (ATSC) Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Blue Shield of California California Mental Health Services Authority (CMHSA) Children's Hospital Boston (CHB) Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (CCBHO) Dana-Farber Cancer Institute DC Cancer Consortium ECRI Institute HelpMeSee Inc. Himalayan Cataract Project Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Integrated Healthcare Associates (IHA) Merck Childhood Asthma Network, Inc. National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) Samueli Institute Seattle Children's Research Institute (SCRI) The Urban Child Institute (UCI) National Science Foundation (NSF) University of Michigan (UM) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Howard Heinz Endowment (HHE) World Bank National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institute on Aging (NIA) Harvard University University of Southern California (USC) International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Vanderbilt University (VU) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) Social Security Administration (SSA) Department of Defense (DoD) National Institutes of Health (NIH) California Municipal Agencies (CMA) District of Columbia (Washington D.C., Washington DC) University of California (UC)
    • health financing, health care costs, health care spending, medicaid, medicare, affordable care act (ACA), health care markets, health care access, health care enrollment, health insurance
    • HIV/AIDS and sexual health, food security, antiretroviral therapy (ART), disease prevention, public health systems and preparedness
    • community resilience, emergency preparedness, disaster response and recovery, pandemic influenza, bioterrorism, readiness, natural disasters, community mental health, HIV/AIDS, vaccination / immunization
    • health outcomes, health care access, neighborhood health, community health, community mental health, environmental health, vulnerable populations, race/ethnicity and health, gender disparities in health
    • microsimulation, affordable care act (ACA), obamacare, medicaid expansion, health care costs, health care access, health care quality, health care reform, health insurance coverage, health care expenditures
    • marijuana, underage substance use, drug markets, smoking cessation, alcohol, prescription drug abuse, substance abuse prevention, substance abuse treatment, drug harm reduction, tobacco
    • health care technology, health care quality measurement and improvement, health care performance measures, Agency for Healthcare Research and quality (AHRQ), health evidence evaluation, comparative effectiveness, systematic reviews
    • physical activity, nutrition, childhood obesity, adolescent sexual behaviors, depression and mental health, underage substance use, sexual health and risk reduction
    • health care quality, mental health care quality, health outcomes, depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, suicide, mental health stigma, community mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Providing insights to public and private-sector decision makers across myriad domains

    National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bureau of Reclamation (BoR) Department of Justice (DoJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development District Qatar National Food Security Programme Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters State of California California Energy Commission (CEC) Department of Water Resources (DWR) City of Santa Monica Los Angeles County Probation Department (LACPD) The Superior Court of California—County of San Francisco Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration (OCPR) Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Dartmouth College Tulane University Communities Foundation of Texas The Ford Foundation Rosenberg Foundation Brown and Caldwell Guardians of Honor, LLC Institute for Mobility Research (IMR) KeyLogic Systems, Inc. MWH Americas NuStats Homeboy Industries The Kearny Alliance Stockholm Environment Institute Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) Department of Energy (DoE) Qatar Foundation MacArthur Foundation National Science Foundation (NSF) National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Howard Heinz Endowment (HHE) World Bank National Academy of Sciences (NAS) National Institutes of Health (NIH) Department of the Interior (DoI) People's Republic of China (PRC) State of Qatar United Arab Emirates (UAE) California Municipal Agencies (CMA) State of Louisiana
  • Understanding why people make the decisions they do and how markets, society, and policy affect them

    aging, labor markets and human capital, children and families, social insurance and welfare, financial and economic decision making, disabilities, international development
    The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation University of Michigan (UM) World Bank National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institute on Aging (NIA) Harvard University University of Southern California (USC) International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) MacArthur Foundation Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Department of Labor (DoL) Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Federal Reserve Bank of New York United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Spencer Foundation SurveyMETER Israel Israeli Prime Minister's Office State of New Mexico Tilburg University, CentERdata Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development Taos Pueblo Social Security Administration (SSA) World Health Organization (WHO) Smith Richardson Foundation National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD) conducts research and analysis for all national security sponsors other than the U.S. Air Force and the Army.

    Department of Energy (DoE) Department of the Navy Marine Corps Joint Staff National Defense University (NDU) Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Deputy Secretary of Defense (DSD) Office of the Director, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (OD-CAPE) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (USD-ATL) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD-PR) Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD-P) Unified Combatant Commands Pacific Northwest National Laboratory U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Department of State (DoS) Intelligence Community Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Republic of Singapore Ministry of Defence Carnegie Corporation of New York The Export-Import Bank of Korea Korea Institute for Defense Analyses Smith Richardson Foundation Department of Defense (DoD)
    • ATP, national defense, Navy, Coast Guard, military technology, cyber, cyber-attach, cyber attack, cyber defense, cyber-defense, ballistic missile, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), information warfare, force modernization and employment, counterterrorism, joint force cooperation, force cooperation, counterinsurgency, insurgency, Australian Navy, Australian Air Force
    • FRP, national defense, force management, force readiness, military health, invisible wounds, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), psychological health, treatment, medical / medicine, TRICARE, wounded warrior, active forces, active duty, reserve forces, Navy reserves, child care, veterans, veteran affairs, US Navy, U.S. Navy, joint operations, gender diversity, force deployment, Military Suicides
    • IPC, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), National Security Agency (NSA), defense intelligence agency, internet privacy, data fusion, data synthesis, geospatial awareness, military technology, data analysis, threat identification, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency
    • ISDP, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, failed states, stabilization efforts, diplomatic solutions, political environment, arms proliferation and control, Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMD), nuclear weapons, chemical weapons, tactics, Air Travel, Airport Security, Airline Security, Air Transportation
  • Since its founding in 1946, PAF has remained the U.S. Air Force's only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) concerned entirely with studies and analyses.

    • FMEP, defense, U.S. Air Force (USAF), US Air Force, risk assessment, force mobility, long range strike, cyber, cyber-attack, cyber attack, information warfare, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), combat air forces, command and control, nuclear proliferation
    • MPT, workforce size and composition, recruiting, military recruiting, pay, promote, promotion, military career field, retention, active duty, active forces, air national guard, reserves, reserve component, reserve forces, military contractor, airman, airmen, deployment
    • RMP, DoD policies and practices, military logistics, force readiness, military privatization, privatized military, military contracting, national defense, U.S. Air Force (USAF), US Air Force, cost-estimating, military acquisition
    • SDR, defense strategy and planning, defense planning, regional analysis, security environment, space power, U.S. Air Force (USAF), US Air Force, joint operations, force development, strategic airlift, ballistic missile, missile defense
  • Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Qatar Foundation
    • CAPP, India, China, Phillipines, Australia, Sino-US Relations, Sino-U.S. Relations, Chinese military, Chinese population, Indian military, Indian population, Asia demography, Asian demographics, U.S.-Asia relations, North Korea, South Korea, Republic of Korea, Democratic People's Republic of Korea
    • Air Travel, Airline Security, Terrorism, Airport Security, global security environment, threat assessment, threat prediction, risk management, risk assessment, security leaks, information leaks
    • Iran, Iraq, Syria, Persian Gulf, Gulf Cooperation Council, Democratic Transitions Muslim Identity, Islam, Yemen, Egypt Elections, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, North Africa, Mahgreb, Israelis and Palestinians, West Bank, Terrorism, Rule of Law, Middle Eastern Youth, Middle East Youth
    • The World Bank, Soviet Union, Former Soviet States, USSR, Cold War, Yugoslavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Georgia, Europe
  • Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, hurricanes, coastal protection and restoration, community resilience, flood insurance program

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