Social Services and Welfare

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    Commentary

    MIECHV Reauthorization: Recommendations from Research

    Funding for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program was extended through fiscal year 2017, without policy changes. If Congress decides to make policy changes to MIECHV in the future, research on home visiting programs can inform recommendations.

    Apr 17, 2015

  • Journal Article

    An Evaluation of Social Impact Bonds in Health and Social Care: Interim Report

    This interim report describes the progress of the nine 'Trailblazer' projects that investigate the feasibility of setting up Social Impact Bond (SIB) projects in health and social care in England.

    Apr 1, 2015

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    Project

    Assessing the Effectiveness of Conditional Cash Transfers as a Development Mechanism

    Conditional cash transfer programs (CCTs) are seen as particularly effective in low- and middle-income countries, but relatively little is known about the interface between the supply of services and program administration and specific human development outcomes. RAND Europe assessed the effectiveness of CCTs through a two-year grant from UK Economic Social Research Council and Department for International Development.

    Mar 30, 2015

  • Report

    Evaluation of the SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program: Background and Study Design

    This report provides background on the Senate Bill (SB) 1041 reforms to the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program, as well as an overview of a multiyear, multicomponent evaluation of the SB 1041 policy changes.

    Mar 30, 2015

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    Commentary

    Pooling Resources for Public Service Transformation

    Poor coordination in government services has long been a source of frustration to users, and a cause of inefficiency and ineffectiveness. The emerging debate about devolution of powers and responsibilities for some public services, and ongoing resource pressures, have encouraged innovative, locally developed approaches.

    Mar 25, 2015

  • Report

    One Place, One Budget? Approaches to pooling resources for public service transformation

    The Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned RAND Europe to do 9 case studies of local authorities in England (UK) using a pooled approach for service delivery. Based on this RAND Europe made recommendations for a 'public sector reform deal'.

    Mar 25, 2015

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    Project

    California Socioeconomic Survey (CalSES)

    Through the California Socioeconomic Study, RAND is evaluating the CalWORKs program. Our goal is to make recommendations to help CalWORKs best serve the children and families of California.

    Mar 16, 2015

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    Project

    Demonstrating the Benefits of Social Care Research

    In the current economic climate, there is an increasing need for researchers to demonstrate the benefits resulting from the money invested in research. Ways to do this for social care research are not well established, and RAND Europe has been asked to investigate options including bibliometrics, surveys and economic analysis as part of the wider Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project led by the London School of Economics.

    Mar 5, 2015

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    Commentary

    Putting UK Mental Health Services on the Road to Recovery

    If mental health problems are the most significant barrier preventing people on benefits from taking up employment, then why not transform how the system supports them? Policymakers could redirect some of the resources available to the benefit system towards improving mental health outcomes, and put more evidence-based interventions in place. The savings to the benefit system should logically pay for this investment.

    Feb 20, 2015

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    RAND Behavioral Finance Webinar: Informative or Misleading? The Social Security Statement's Effects on Program Participation and Employment

    This video talk provides an overview of how information interventions like the personalized Statements mailed by the Social Security Administration can affect behavior.

    Jan 30, 2015

  • Journal Article

    Effects of Income Supplementation on Health of the Poor Elderly: The Case of Mexico

    The poor elderly who received an income supplement had significantly better health, including improvements in lung functioning and memory.

    Jan 8, 2015

  • Social Security Disability claim form, pen, calculator

    Commentary

    Addressing SSDI's Looming Insolvency

    Social Security Disability Insurance will be unable to cover 20 percent of its scheduled benefit obligations beginning in 2016. The lack of an evidentiary base to guide policy has been one of the major impediments to the consideration of changes that could modernize the program without jeopardizing its essential safety net function.

    Nov 12, 2014

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    Project

    Examining Issues of Gender Equality in the EU

    The EC Directorate-General for Justice has commissioned RAND Europe and the University of Groningen to analyse data from household surveys and explore topics of gender equality including child care, single parents in the work force, household composition, and employment patterns for men and women.

    Oct 29, 2014

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    Project

    Evaluating SB 1041 Reforms to California's CalWORKs Program

    The California Department of Social Services has funded research to determine if SB 1041 is achieving its objectives of improving recipient well-being and flexibility of services, as well as if there are any unintended consequences.

    Sep 24, 2014

  • Worried teen girl sits on sofa

    Commentary

    We Need to Talk About the Taboo — 'Mental Health Matters'

    The stigma surrounding mental health often leads young people to shy away from seeking the help and support they need. This year's celebration of the UN's International Youth Day (12th August) focuses on mental health and aims to raise awareness and remove the stigma.

    Aug 11, 2014

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    Research Brief

    Will Heath Care Reform Affect Disability Insurance Claiming?

    By enabling access to affordable private health insurance and expanding access to subsidized public health insurance, the Affordable Care Act alters the calculus of disability claiming decisions. Research offers empirical evidence that, on net, disability applications are likely to decrease.

    Jul 10, 2014

  • Report

    Geographic Targeting in Urban Areas: A Social-Welfare Program for Older People in Mexico

    This report compares results of a social-gap index and those of other tools used to target social-welfare programs in Mexico. It also assesses the feasibility of targeting delivery of noncontributory pensions for older people who live in urban areas.

    Jul 1, 2014

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    Research Brief

    Effects of Employer Health Insurance on Disability Insurance Claiming

    National health reform makes it easier for disabled workers to stop working and apply for disability insurance. This study finds that some disabled workers continue working to keep their health insurance but disability applications do not increase.

    May 22, 2014

  • family of four hiking in the mountains

    Commentary

    Every Parent Can Be a Better Parent

    The 20th anniversary of the International Day of Families on 15th May 2014 provides an appropriate occasion to celebrate the important role parents play in children's lives and the parenting skills that help children achieve their full potential.

    May 15, 2014

  • Report

    Programa de Pensiones No Contributivas para Adultos Mayores en Yucatán, México: Diseño, Implementación y Evaluación del Programa en Valladolid

    This report describes Yucatan's efforts to design, implement, and evaluate a program to provide cash benefits to the elderly to improve their well-being. It describes the program, its design and implementation, and the first evaluation in Valladolid.

    May 13, 2014