Databases and Data Collection, Analysis, and Processing

With computer technology has come the growth of local and online databases: collections of structured information stored on a computer or network of computers for querying and analysis. RAND has been a leader in the collection, analysis, and processing of databases for multidisciplinary projects in a range of research areas from census data and economic statistics to survey research and medical studies.

  • Report

    A Framework for Exploring Cybersecurity Policy Options

    RAND conducted two discovery games to explore possible solutions for improving cybersecurity, assess their implications, and develop an initial framework to support debate and inform decisions regarding cybersecurity policies and practices.

    Nov 23, 2016

  • Report

    Defining the Roles, Responsibilities, and Functions for Data Science Within the Defense Intelligence Agency

    This report addresses and recommends potential methods for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) to identify, hire, and organize data scientists.

    Nov 17, 2016

  • Journalist Malcolm Gladwell and Houston Astros' General Manager Jeff Luhnow at RAND's Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, November 12, 2016

    Blog

    The Art of Data in Baseball

    The traditional baseball scout's keen eye is no longer deemed sufficient to rate talent, said Jeff Luhnow, general manager of the Houston Astros, at RAND's Politics Aside event. Analysts check curveball spin rates, computer-modeled swing mechanics, and even sleep habits.

    Nov 15, 2016

  • Journalist Soledad O'Brien and DJ Patil, the United States' chief data scientist, at RAND's Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, November 11, 2016

    Blog

    Getting the Most Out of Data Science

    Policymakers should pursue efforts to assure that the array of data collected by the federal government benefits all Americans by improving the availability, reliability, and transparency of the information, said DJ Patil, the United States' chief data scientist, at RAND's 2016 Politics Aside event.

    Nov 12, 2016

  • People use their smartphones in New York City, November 6, 2013

    Report

    Can Smartphones and Privacy Coexist?

    Smartphones are becoming more widespread around the world. How can policymakers grapple with issues related to the security and privacy of these devices?

    Oct 27, 2016

  • Report

    Mapping UK mental health research funding and its contribution to global funding: A refined analysis for the UK context

    This briefing provides an analysis across the UK of government support for mental health research, with a particular emphasis on the UK Department of Health. This analysis builds on the project -- Mapping the global mental health research system.

    Oct 21, 2016

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    Commentary

    Where Next for the Digital Society?

    Digital technologies are omnipresent, both in terms of where we are and what we do. A digital society can bring about economic and societal gain, but there are many challenges that need to be addressed beyond the actual technologies.

    Oct 14, 2016

  • Dissertation

    Police, Process, and Privacy: Three Essays on the Third Party Doctrine

    This dissertation presents the results of three studies that investigate how law enforcement uses electronic surveillance.

    Oct 13, 2016

  • Report

    Thought Leadership programme 2016: Key Findings

    Key findings from the 2016 Thought Leadership Programme, convened by Corsham Institute in conjunction with RAND Europe and St George's House exploring opportunities and challenges created by digital technologies in society.

    Oct 13, 2016

  • Concept of leaky software, data pouring out of pipe

    Commentary

    Digital Theft: The New Normal

    Absolute data breach prevention is not possible, so knowing what people want when it happens is important. Consumers and corporations alike should accept this risk as a “when,” not an “if,” and prepare for it.

    Oct 10, 2016

  • Digital silhouettes of people

    Commentary

    How to Rethink Data Privacy

    Society benefits from the exchange of large-scale data in many ways. Anonymization is the usual mechanism for addressing the privacy of data subjects. Unfortunately, anonymization is broken.

    Oct 5, 2016

  • Research Brief

    Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK: Linking policy with practice

    Using insights from Internet of Things (IoT) implementations and informed users of technology, RAND Europe carried out a study to support a process for policy feedback that will inform the development and adoption of the IoT in the UK.

    Oct 4, 2016

  • Report

    Accelerating the Internet of Things in the UK: Using policy to support practice

    Using insights from businesses and informed users of technology, RAND Europe carried out a study to support a process for policy feedback that will inform the development and adoption of the Internet of Things in the UK.

    Oct 4, 2016

  • A police officer working on a computer in a patrol car

    Report

    Future Communications Technologies Could Strengthen Law Enforcement

    A workshop with 41 experts on both law enforcement operations and broadband technologies identified needs for technology initiatives and how law enforcement could best use future capabilities while mitigating potential risks.

    Sep 26, 2016

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    Research Brief

    Engineering a Roadmap for Health Information Technology in Chile

    Describes a roadmap with five objectives for the Chilean government to expand its health information technology (IT) capabilities over the next ten years.

    Aug 25, 2016

  • A doctor looking at an image of a human brain on a tablet

    Commentary

    Who's Funding Mental Health Research Worldwide?

    The size and diversity of mental health research is significant, but it remains a loosely defined field in which funders tend not to spell out what counts as mental health. An outline of the current state of mental health research funding worldwide helps to address the huge challenges of mental illness.

    Aug 17, 2016

  • News Release

    U.S. Social Media Strategy Can Weaken ISIS Influence on Twitter

    On Twitter, there are six times more ISIS opponents than supporters, but those who support ISIS are more active. U.S. officials could help ISIS opponents enhance the effectiveness and reach of their messaging by offering social media training.

    Aug 16, 2016

  • The ISIS hashtag is seen typed into a Twitter smartphone app, February 6, 2016

    Report

    Examining ISIS Support and Opposition on Twitter

    ISIS uses Twitter to inspire followers, recruit fighters, and spread its message. Its opponents use Twitter to denounce the group. An analysis of the communities opposed to ISIS suggests inroads for influence that the U.S. government's social media strategy should explore.

    Aug 16, 2016

  • Research Brief

    Project Ecosystem: A global map of mental health research funding

    This brief summarizes a study mapping the global funding of mental health research from 2009 to 2014. It built a bottom up a picture of who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support and how their strategies relate to one another.

    Jun 22, 2016

  • Hands on a keyboard in a dark room

    Commentary

    Cyberterrorism and the Role of Silicon Valley

    As national security and war are being redefined for the digital age, Silicon Valley will need to be on the front line of counterterrorism. Its inventors and entrepreneurs are driving the information revolution, and they must figure out how to protect vital systems against malevolent intrusions.

    Jun 13, 2016