Lindsay Daugherty

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Senior Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in applied economics, University of Michigan; B.A. in economics, University of California, Berkeley

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Lindsay Daugherty is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation who specializes in education and workforce policy. Her recent areas of focus include access to and success in postsecondary education, workforce development programs, and the education, training, and career transitions of military and veteran populations. Daugherty's work often involves close partnerships with policymakers and practitioners to address critical education and workforce issues, including ongoing partnership work with the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the California Community College system, the Colorado Community College system, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Daugherty has expertise in the design of experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive studies, as well as experience informing and assessing the implementation of policies and programs in education and workforce development. She is currently leading several randomized control trials funded by the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate interventions that aim to support success in careers and postsecondary education. Daugherty is also studying innovative approaches to workforce development, including stackable credential pipelines in Colorado and Ohio and the design of competency-based education programs in California community colleges. Other recent studies have examined the transitions of military servicemembers into education and employment.

Daugherty holds a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School, a M.A. in applied economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in economics from the University of California Berkeley.

Recent Projects

  • Building Stackable Credential Pipelines that Support Equity and Provide Pathways to the Middle Class for Low-Income Students
  • Direct Assessment Competency-Based Education Collaborative Pilot: A Developmental Evaluation
  • An Experimental Evaluation of the Efficacy of Virtual Enterprises
  • Connecting Community College Students to Public and Community Resources: An Experimental Evaluation of Single Stop
  • Mapping Workforce Certificate and Degree Pathways in Ohio: Are Postsecondary Training Opportunities Setting Students Up for Success?

Selected Publications

Miller, Trey, Daugherty, Lindsay, Martorell, Paco, and Gerber, Russell, "Assessing the effect of corequisite English instruction using a randomized controlled trial," Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 2021

Daugherty, Lindsay and Anderson, Drew M., Stackable Credential Pipelines in Ohio: Evidence on Programs and Earnings Outcomes, (RR-A207-1), 2021

Daugherty, Lindsay, Gerber, Russel, Martorell, Paco, Miller, Trey, and Weisburst, Emily, "Heterogeneity in the Effects of College Course Placement," Research in Higher Education, 62(7), 2021

Daugherty, Lindsay, Kramer, Jenna W., Anderson, Drew M., and Bozick, Robert, Stacking Educational Credentials in Ohio: Pathways through Postsecondary Education in Health Care, Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, and Information Technology, RAND Corporation (RR-A136-1), 2020

Daugherty, Lindsay, Johnston, William R. and Tsai, Tiffany, Connecting College Students to Alternative Sources of Support: The Single Stop Community College Initiative and Postsecondary Outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-1740-SSU), 2020

Daugherty, Lindsay, Carew, Diana Gehlhaus, and Miller, Trey, Supporting College Enrollees Who Test at the Lowest Levels of Readiness: Lessons from Texas Community Colleges, (RR-2938-IES), 2019

Daugherty, Lindsay, Karam, Rita T., Basco, Daniel and Kaufman, Julia H. , Tools for Improving Corequisite Models: A Guide for College Practitioners, RAND Corporation (TL-319-IES), 2019

Werber, Laura, Ausink, John A., Daugherty, Lindsay, Phillips, Brian M., Knutson, Felix, and Haberman, Ryan, An Assessment of Gaps in Business Acumen and Knowledge of Industry Within the Defense Acquisition Workforce, (RR-2825-OSD), 2019

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: WMFE-FM Online


  • Female teacher helping students training to be electricians, photo by monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

    If College Isn't the Pathway to the Middle Class It Once Was—What Is?

    Is college still the best path to the middle class? It's complicated. College credentials still do lead many to increased earnings, but the rapid increases in college costs, coupled with a strong labor market, have made the payoff for a college degree no longer a sure thing.

    Apr 5, 2022 Fortune

  • College students in a lecture hall with face masks, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    Next Year's Freshman: How Corequisites Might Help Address COVID-19 Learning Loss

    As states and colleges look to address learning loss due to COVID-19, it is important that they not turn to traditional models of remediation that prevent students from directly entering college coursework. Instead, they should look to new, effective models of corequisite support.

    Jul 13, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • A man carries food donated by Alianza Ecuatoriana International at a food pantry in Queens, New York, May 16, 2020, photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

    Emergency COVID-19 Aid Helps College Students with Food and Housing: Four Ways Colleges Can Maintain That Support

    COVID-19 has expanded the pool of cash-strapped college students, but many were already struggling before the pandemic. The crisis could draw attention to food and housing insecurity among college students, and give college leaders a chance to consider how to address these needs more systematically over the long term.

    May 26, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • College students in silhouette tossing caps in the air, photo by Rawpixel Ltd/Getty Images

    Addressing the College Completion Problem

    More than half of students who enter college end up dropping out without ever completing a degree or certificate. Time and money are wasted without the benefits of a degree. While colleges are experimenting with novel techniques to boost completion rates, strategic support from the federal government could further these efforts.

    May 9, 2019 The RAND Blog

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    The Case for Corequisites: What Are the Ingredients of Success?

    More than two-thirds of community college students and 40 percent of four-year college students take at least one developmental education course. States and colleges across the United States are experimenting with innovative approaches to developmental education to improve graduation rates for struggling students.

    May 23, 2018 Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness

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    Ready, Set, College

    With the nation investing at least $1 billion a year in developmental education, states and colleges are rethinking their approaches to reform. Are states moving too fast to mandate developmental education policy? It depends on the policy.

    Mar 5, 2018 U.S. News & World Report

  • Adult students attending a computer course

    Community Colleges Can Be 'First Responders' in Retraining Displaced Workers

    Many of the occupations with the most opportunities require two-year degrees or certificates. Community colleges play a key role in training students for these jobs and offer a supportive environment for displaced and dissatisfied workers.

    Feb 16, 2017 The Hill

  • Mother and son using a touch pad tablet on a plane

    Step Aside, 'Screen Time.' Make Room for 'Screen Purpose.'

    Technology is simply another way to communicate, learn, and play. It shouldn't automatically be regarded as a threat. Whether technology helps or harms children largely depends on how it is used.

    Nov 17, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • Woman using a laptop at her kitchen table

    Exploring New Approaches to Higher Education: The Expansion of Competency-Based Programs

    Policymakers and educators must determine if the risks of maintaining the status quo outweigh the potential benefits of competency-based programs, especially for those students who are ill-served by the traditional higher education model.

    Sep 29, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • A teacher helps a girl use a digital tablet

    Helping Teachers Overcome Technology Barriers in Early Childhood Education

    When it comes to helping children appreciate the benefits of using technology in a classroom setting, early childhood education providers play a critical role integrating that technology appropriately, intentionally, and productively. But these educators face myriad barriers to fulfilling these roles.

    Nov 21, 2014 The RAND Blog

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    Access to Technology Is Key to Early Childhood Education

    For children from all income classes to benefit from the proper use of technology in early childhood education, providers, families, and children themselves must have access to an adequate technology infrastructure, including devices, connectivity, and software.

    Nov 4, 2014 The RAND Blog

  • Preschoolers in a classroom looking at a tablet with their teacher

    The Role of Technology in the Lives of Children

    On a typical day, children ages 3-5 spend an average of four hours with technology, and technology use is increasing among children of all ages. Debates about the role of technology in early childhood education are ongoing, with some providers, parents, and others yet to be convinced of its potential benefits.

    Oct 10, 2014

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    RAND Convenes Experts to Examine Role of Technology in Early Childhood Education

    The forum focused on several key issues underlying successful integration of technology into early childhood settings, including the goals that should be established for technology use, the infrastructure that is needed to support effective technology use, and the role of teachers and parents in facilitating technology use.

    Jun 4, 2014

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    Preserving Access and Quality in an Era of Rising University Tuition Fees

    Many countries have long traditions of full or partial government funding for higher education, but as they struggle with fiscal pressures, they seek ways to shift costs to users. Implementing greater cost sharing without coherent policies to mitigate its impact on students and institutions threatens to worsen both student access and institutional quality.

    Sep 28, 2012