Lindsay Daugherty

Lindsay Daugherty
Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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 RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Daugherty specializes in education and workforce policy, with a particular focus on research that helps to improve the economic circumstances of individuals through increased access to and success in postsecondary education and training. She is a lead researcher in RAND's Middle Class Pathways Center and a faculty member at Pardee RAND Graduate School. Daugherty's recent work has examined nondegree credentials and educational pathways in applied fields (e.g., health care, IT, manufacturing), the expansion of wraparound and basic needs supports for college students, innovative approaches to academic support in English and math, competency-based education programs, and dual enrollment in college and high school. Other areas of focus include career and technical education, approaches to workforce development, and educational opportunities for veteran and military populations. 

Daugherty has expertise in the design of experimental, quasi-experimental, and descriptive studies. She also has substantial experience assessing the implementation of policies and programs through qualitative and descriptive work, and engaging state and institutional partners in collaborative, developmental evaluations to support continuous improvement. Daugherty has prior or ongoing partnership work with state agencies and/or community college systems in California, Colorado, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, and Texas.

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

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, Drew M. Anderson, Stackable Credential Pipelines in Ohio: Evidence on Programs and Earnings Outcomes, RAND Corporation (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, Jenna W. Kramer, Drew M. Anderson, and Robert Bozick, 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, William R. Johnston, and Tiffany Berglund, Connecting College Students to Alternative Sources of Support: The Single Stop Community College Initiative and Postsecondary Outcomes, RAND Corporation (RR-1740-SSU), 2016

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

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

Werber, Laura, John A. Ausink, Lindsay Daugherty, Brian Phillips, Felix Knutson, and Ryan Haberman, An Assessment of Gaps in Business Acumen and Knowledge of Industry Within the Defense Acquisition Workforce: A Report Prepared for the U.S. Department of Defense in Compliance with Section 843(c) of the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, RAND Corporation (RR-2825-OSD), 2019

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Career Education Report, CECU; WMFE-FM Online; YouTube