RAND has conducted research on Qatari issues since 2003. From 2003 to 2013, much of this work was performed in partnership with the Qatar Foundation in the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. Most RAND analyses have focused on Qatar's education system, but the research agenda also includes health, infrastructure, labor markets, and science and technology.

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    A Vision for Qatar's School Transportation System

    Feb 21, 2012

    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.

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    Indicators of Economic Opportunities for Youth in the Arab World

    RAND assisted Silatech, a non-profit organization focused on enhancing Arab youth employment and engagement, in the development of indicators to help the organization track and improve its operations and maximize positive impacts on the lives of Arab youth. RAND provided practical recommendations on the management of the system as well as a set of guiding principles for implementation.

    Sep 18, 2014

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    A Forward-Looking Evaluation of the Qatar Science and Technology Park

    The RAND-Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI) carried out an independent forward-looking evaluation of Qatar Science & Technology Park and its alignment with Qatar's National Research Strategy and Qatar National Vision 2030. This evaluation was carried out to identify both areas of success and those that could be further developed, and to make recommendations for future strategy.

    Dec 31, 2013

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    Qatar Foundation and RAND Corporation to Conclude RQPI Agreement

    Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and RAND Corporation will complete a decade-long agreement that resulted in the establishment of the RAND Qatar Policy Institute (RQPI) in Doha.

    Dec 23, 2013

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    America's Great Yellow School Buses

    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.

    Sep 9, 2013

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    The Middle East's Science Revolution?

    Even as conflict rages, a wave of research and innovation in Arabian Gulf countries is bringing with it significant investment in science and research infrastructure — and even U.S.-style universities, writes Shelly Culbertson.

    Jun 27, 2013

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    Putting the Spring in the Arab Spring

    Qatar has a salsa scene. Dubai hosted the big international Fujairah Latin Festival. The Oman Salsa Festival took place in March. Jordan and Cairo both have a salsa scene. What makes this so conversation-worthy is that it is indicative of a growing cultural openness in parts of the Middle East.

    Jun 17, 2013

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    RAND Extends Global Reach of Innovation

    Stimulating innovation is important to the economic growth of all countries, regardless of their stages of development. President and CEO Michael Rich discusses how RAND is helping foster technological innovation in China, Europe, and the Middle East.

    Feb 5, 2013

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    RAND Extends Global Reach of Innovation

    Stimulating innovation is important to the economic growth of all countries, regardless of their stages of development. President and CEO Michael Rich discusses how RAND is helping foster technological innovation in China, Europe, and the Middle East.

    Feb 5, 2013

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    Journal Article

    Reforming the Qatari School System

    Qatar's education system now includes independent schools, internationally-accredited and well-respected private schools, and a tuition vouchers program that may spur further expansion of the private school system.

    Jan 1, 2013

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    Sustaining the Qatar National Research Fund

    An examination of what must be done to ensure sustainability of the Qatar National Research Fund, its achievements in its first five years, and recommendations for actions to respond to the new responsibilities mandated in Decree-Law (24) of 2008.

    Aug 22, 2012

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    Launching the Qatar National Research Fund

    The design and implementation of the Qatar National Research Fund — the first research — funding organization of its kind in the Middle East—and descriptions of its first two programs, along with some early results and lessons learned.

    Aug 21, 2012

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    International Labor Flows: Migration Views from the Migrant, the Receiving-Country Economy, and the Sending-Country Family

    This dissertation covers three topics -- three points of view -- of issues in international migration.

    Aug 14, 2012

  • Announcement

    The 2012 WISE Awards Will Honor Innovative Education Projects Worldwide

    The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) is accepting applications for its 2012 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.

    Apr 23, 2012

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    Qatar's School Transportation System: Supporting Safety, Efficiency, and Service Quality (Arabic-language version)

    Assesses stakeholder perspectives on Qatar's school transportation system (STS), identifies a vision and goals for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve the vision and better align Qatar's STS with international norms. This is the Arabic-language version.

    Mar 28, 2012

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    Updating Qatar's School Transportation System

    Describes a vision for updating Qatar's school transportation system and identifies strategies for achieving the proposed vision.

    Feb 13, 2012

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    Qatar's Knowledge Economy: Has Its Development Been Balanced?

    The authors adopt a cross-country perspective to assess Qatar's performance in the various components of the knowledge economy using multiple indicators.

    Feb 1, 2012

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    Recommended Research Priorities for the Qatar Foundation's Environment and Energy Research Institute

    The Qatar Foundation is establishing a national research institute to conduct energy, environment, and water research. This book recommends research priorities for the institute and reports on a survey of related research institutions in the region.

    Sep 22, 2011

  • Announcement

    Obaid Younossi Named Head of RAND-Qatar Policy Institute

    RAND senior researcher Obaid Younossi has been named the new director of the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. "Obaid's long career in public policy research and analysis and his experiences in the region make him the perfect candidate to help the Institute continue to grow and expand its work in Qatar and elsewhere in the region," said RAND President and CEO James A. Thomson.

    Jul 1, 2011

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    Examining K-12 Education Reform in Qatar

    In 2002, Qatar began implementing a standards-based K–12 reform built on four principles: autonomy, accountability, variety, and choice. Early data reveal more student-centered classroom practices and higher student achievement, but many challenges remain.

    Jun 21, 2011