RAND experts have often been among the pioneers of key scientific research, including computer analysis, satellite development, military technology, and the foundations of the Internet. RAND's research has also resulted in the development of new methodologies and ways of analyzing policy issues, from the Delphi method to Robust Decision Making.
The value of using design approaches in both researching and designing healthcare systems is recognised in various circles, and further demonstrated in this study.
Although reading coaches are increasingly prevalent in schools nationwide, empirical evidence for their effects on student achievement is scarce. This article helps to address this gap by conducting an evaluation of a statewide reading coach program in Florida middle schools.
Much of the current debate concerning civil liberties and security is adversarial, and little robust research data informs these arguments.This paper outlines the results of a study that attempts to objectively understand the real privacy, liberty and security trade-offs made by individuals, so that policymakers can be better informed about the preferences of individuals with regard to these important issues.
Compared with detection based on the presenting patient's chief complaint, data from an emergency room diagnosis can provide valuable information about influenza-like illness despite a potential delay in detection.
RxNorm provides concepts covering nearly all ambulatory e-prescriptions but could be improved by making it possible to select the most-specific concepts within broader concepts.
Small primary care practices have limited staff and fewer resources than larger group practices, making it difficult to improve care for minority patients on their own. Other challenges include language barriers and lack of information systems.
This article uses matched survey and administrative data to estimate, as of 2006, the size of the population eligible for the Low-Income Subsidy (LIS), which was designed to provide "extra help" with premiums, deductibles, and copayments for Medicare Part D beneficiaries with low income and limited assets.
This paper systematically describes the scenario discovery concept and its implementation, presents statistical tests to evaluate the resulting scenarios, and demonstrates the approach on an example policy problem involving the efficacy of a proposed U.S. renewable energy standard.
This randomized, controlled field trial estimated the causal impact of a technology-based geometry curriculum on students' geometry achievement, as well as their attitudes toward mathematics and technology.
This article examines the convergence of two popular school improvement policies: instructional coaching and data-driven decision making (DDDM). Drawing on a mixed methods study of a statewide reading coach program in Florida middle schools, the article examines how coaches support DDDM and how this support relates to student and teacher outcomes.
Routine use of electronic health records may improve the quality of care provided in community-based primary care practices more than other common strategies intended to raise the quality of medical care.
This article reports on a formative evaluation of efforts to build community-based prevention capacity in two states (Tennessee and Missouri) using an Internet-based system known as interactive Getting To Outcomes® (iGTO).
This article provides a concise overview of methods for analyzing policy choices that have been used in the study of long-term environmental challenges.
Compare the experiences of e-prescribing users and non-users regarding prescription safety and workload and to assess the use of information from two e-prescribing standards (for medication history and formulary and benefit information), as
This research is an initial step toward creating policies to address autonomous vehicle technologies—which have the potential to enormously benefit humankind but raise substantial concern about tort liability for damages that may result from their use.
The goal of this project was to assess genetic/genomic content in electronic health records.
This report will share findings from the field on how eight regional health information organizations (RHIOs) have navigated various issues and challenges associated with liability insurance for health information exchange (HIE).
We studied how health information exchange systems are established by examining the decisions of key stakeholders (health care providers) participating in a health information exchange pilot project in 3 Massachusetts communities.
We have measured magnetic fields up to 17.7 T with a rise time of 75 ns using temporally resolved Faraday rotation of a single longitudinal mode laser beam through a magneto-optically active bulk waveguide.
Document and assess the experiences of 104 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded health information technology (health IT) grantees in planning and implementing health IT systems.