Methodology

RAND researchers have pioneered several different methodologies, such as the Delphi method and robust decisionmaking, and continue to apply their methodological expertise in multidisciplinary projects that may require a range of capabilities, including modeling and simulation, survey research, economic or statistical analysis, or planning and forecasting.

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    Second Annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

    This workshop builds on the first of its kind held at the World Bank in November 2013. It aims to foster a community of practice around decision making under deep uncertainty, in order to improve methods and tools, facilitate their use in practice, and ultimately encourage sound decision making in our rapidly changing world.

    Nov 18, 2014

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    The Not-So-Full-Monti: Will More 'Europe' Lead to More Trade in the Internal Market?

    Even though the internal market for goods is at a relatively advanced stage, there remains an untapped potential in the longer term. Barriers and regulatory obstacles continue to hinder the free movement of goods in the EU.

    Oct 28, 2014

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    Self-Driving Vehicles

    Self-driving cars are in the news, on the road, and the future of driving. RAND information scientist Nidhi Kalra will lead a discussion of research on the potential benefits, drawbacks, and implications of driverless cars.

    Oct 28, 2014

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    Survey Says: House, Senate Races Too Close to Call

    Recent survey data suggests competitions for both houses of Congress are too close to call. While reported probability of voting for a given party has remained constant overall, churn in individual responses indicates some voters are changing their minds.

    Oct 27, 2014

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    Report

    Lack of Complete European Integration Costs Countries, EU

    The removal of existing barriers to foreign direct direct investment and non-tariff trade barriers within the European Union could boost total intra-EU merchandise exports up to 7 per cent in the long-term. These effects would vary by Member State, and by sector of the internal market.

    Oct 21, 2014

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    Voters Give Republicans an Edge in Senate Races, House Too Close to Call

    Significantly more survey respondents anticipate Republicans will take the Senate for their state compared to those who anticipate Democrats will. However, there is not a clear difference in opinion regarding the race for the House.

    Oct 16, 2014

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    The Elements of Surprise

    Professionals today are expected to respond to more variables at a faster rate than was the case even a decade ago. RAND senior engineer Dave Baiocchi will discuss coping strategies and specific responses taken by various professionals that can help you better prepare for and respond to surprise.

    Oct 15, 2014

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    Report

    Quantitative Evaluation of the Impact of the Healthy Communities Initiative in Cincinnati

    In 2009, a Cincinnati group launched the Healthy Communities Initiative with the goals of improving health care and population health while reducing health care costs. In 2012, RAND Health Advisory Services assessed the Initiative's progress.

    Oct 10, 2014

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    Blog

    Midterm Elections Are Less Than a Month Away: What Does the Data Say About Voters?

    Survey responses indicate many U.S. voters already know how they'll cast their ballots in the upcoming midterm elections. But RAND's unique methodology provides an interesting perspective on those who don't lean strongly toward Republican or Democratic candidates.

    Oct 9, 2014

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    Blog

    Survey Asks Democrats, Republicans, Should the Government Reduce Income Inequality?

    Today, Democrats are more than six times likelier than Republicans to believe the U.S. government should play a role in reducing income inequality. This is not due to differences in age, gender, education, or income distributions among the two parties.

    Oct 9, 2014

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    Methodology of the RAND Midterm 2014 Election Panel

    The RAND Midterm Election Panel uses the American Life Panel to study voting intentions, public opinion, and voter behavior. This document describes our methodology.

    Oct 9, 2014

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    Methodology of the RAND Continuous 2012 Presidential Election Poll

    Gives a detailed account of the methodology underlying the he RAND Continuous 2012 Presidential Election Poll.

    Oct 3, 2014

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    Blog

    Using Education to Stop the Prison Revolving Door

    Providing education and vocational training to inmates is a cost effective way to reduce recidivism rates and thus shrink prison populations and ease the strain on prison budgets. Education is far less expensive than incarceration.

    Sep 30, 2014

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    Three Essays on Education Reform in the United States

    Examines California's state education accountability reform and comprehensive reform to improve teacher and principal talent in high-poverty, low-performing schools.

    Sep 29, 2014

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    Three Essays on Subjective Well-Being

    Studies different aspects of subjective well-being indictors.

    Sep 29, 2014

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    Project

    Evaluation of SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program

    To assess whether the California Budget Act of 2012 or Senate Bill 1041 is achieving its objectives to implement reforms to California’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, known as CalWORKs, the RAND Corporation, in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and with support from Stanfield Systems, has been engaged to examine key questions regarding the implementation and impact of SB 1041.

    Sep 24, 2014

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    Report

    Developing a Research Strategy for Suicide Prevention

    The DoD is one of the largest funders of research on suicide prevention but its current funding priorities do not reflect its research needs. Funding is overwhelmingly allocated to prevention goals already considered by experts to be effective while other goals receive little funding and are rarely studied.

    Sep 22, 2014

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    Blog

    The State of Washington and Its Focus on Rehabilitation

    California can learn a great deal from the state of Washington, which has implemented a series of reforms focused on rehabilitation—on diverting offenders to treatment and other options and making serving time in prison the last option.

    Sep 16, 2014

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    The African Insititutions Initiative: Insights from the First Four Years

    This report presents the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of the first four years of the African Institutions Initiative, a Wellcome Trust funded programme to build sustainable health research capacity.

    Sep 12, 2014

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    Evaluating the Wellcome Trust's African Institutions Initiative

    An evaluation of the Wellcome Trust's African Institutions Initiative (AII) indicates several successes while making recommendations for the future. The AII funds consortia to build sustainable, independent health research capacity at African universities and research organisations, to promote research collaboration and to train individuals for research careers in Africa.

    Sep 12, 2014