The challenges facing the Department of Homeland Security are evolving and create the need for new preparedness and response capabilities. The case for change includes reform recommendations for five critical areas.
Changing the way police performance is measured could prevent issues leading to civil rights violations and poor police-community relations. Should California take the lead to recommend that local law enforcement agencies must report performance metrics?
After two controversial grand jury decisions not to indict police in the deaths of unarmed African Americans, a White House task force has 90 days to provide recommendations for promoting accountability among law enforcement agencies to cultivate trust between police and communities. The timeline may seem impossible, but, sadly, these issues are old and the solutions are well known.
In a tight fiscal climate the UK government has been an innovator in ways to fund and deliver effective public services. New funding arrangements present opportunities for developing the evidence base for policy and practice, since they are associated with different types of service providers.
Budget tightening has presented police departments with challenging questions about how to deliver public safety more efficiently. Can information technology investments increase efficiency in policing, and do so cost-effectively?
Better implementation of policy results in better policy outcomes, but the capacity of public administration to deliver new policies is often not assessed. Here we summarise six types of organisational capacity, and suggest methods to measure them.
RAND Corporation researchers surveyed experts from five states that use a variety of approaches to funding state court systems to assess financing, accounting, and governance issues under various systems.
The economic cost of fraud and error to the social security system can be considerable. For certain benefit types in OECD countries, between 5-10 percent of social security expenditure can be wrongly allocated to claimants.
Solutions for digital access based on modern cloud technologies may facilitate re-use across borders, avoid duplication and achieve scale economics as well as cross-border interoperability for e-government services.
The Better Regulation Delivery Office has commissioned RAND Europe to support the local measurement of impacts and outcomes arising from delivery of local regulation in six areas of age-restricted sales (alcohol, tobacco, knives, fireworks, sunbeds, and gambling).
The public acceptability of government interventions to change behavior is greatest for the least intrusive interventions, which are often the least effective, and for interventions targeting the behavior of others, rather than the respondent him or herself.
A toolkit developed to measure the impacts and outcomes of local regulations designed to restrict sales of products harmful to children will help those who regulate alcohol, tobacco, knives, fireworks, sun beds and gambling to measure the progress of their work.
Spotlight on 2012 presents the highlights of RAND Europe's research and other activities in 2012. We describe these in the context of the 'life cycle' of a policy issue, to show the stages at which our research and analysis supports policymakers.
This rapid evidence assessment of the innovation and competitiveness impacts of the EU's proposed General Data Protection Regulation considers a variety of perspectives and identifies several impacts and areas for improvement.
The Chicago Teachers Union strike erupted over classic issues: an extended day, a new evaluation system and hiring and firing. Yet, somewhat classically, neither the union nor Chicago Public Schools has put forth research evidence to support their stance, writes Darleen Opfer.
The way forward is not for the government to say no to outsourcing of sensitive functions, but to think carefully about which efficiency savings are real and which are, instead, a result of introducing a far greater degree of risk, writes James Gilbert.