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 policy researcher at the RAND Corporation who specializes in education and workforce policy. Her recent areas of focus include postsecondary access and success, developmental/remedial education, workforce development programs, and the education and training of military and veteran populations. Daugherty's work often involves close partnerships with policymakers and practitioners, with ongoing partnerships that include the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Daugherty is currently co-leading several projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assess and improve developmental education policies and programs, including a randomized control trial of corequisite remediation and a technical assistance study to support the implementation and continuous improvement of several major reforms. She is also leading a study in Ohio that examines individuals completing stackable credential programs in health care, information technology, and manufacturing, including transitions into employment. Other recent studies include a quasi-experimental evaluation of the impact of a program that leveraged public and community resources to improve college access and success, a mixed methods study of a principal support program, and studies of several different workforce training programs for defense personnel.

Daugherty holds a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Recent Projects

  • A Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact ofA Randomized Experiment to Assess Accelerated Pathways through Developmental Education
  • Continuous Improvement of Statewide Developmental Education Policies
  • Evaluation of Targeted Intensive Support for Principals in NYC
  • Evaluation of Single Stop Community College Initiative
  • Mapping Workforce Certificate and Degree Pathways in Ohio: Are Postsecondary Training Opportunities Setting Students Up for Success?

Selected Publications

Daugherty, Lindsay; Miller, T.; Carew, Diana G., 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

Daugherty, Lindsay.; Tsai, Tiffany, A one-stop approach to supporting the nonacademic needs of community college students: an evaluation of Single Stop's impact in North Carolina, RAND Corporation (RR-2767-SSU), 2018

Daugherty, Lindsay., Gomez, Celia J., Carew, Diana G., Mendoza-Graf, Alexandra C. & Miller, Trey , Designing and Implementing Corequisite Models of Developmental Education: Findings from Texas Community Colleges, (RR-2337-IES), 2018

Leeds, Daniel; McFarlin Jr., Isaac; Daugherty, Lindsay, "Does Student Effort Respond to Incentives? Evidence from a Guaranteed College Admissions Program," Research in Higher Education, 2017

Daugherty, Lindsay.; Martorell, Paco.; McFarlin, Isaac, "Innovative Pathways through Developmental Education and Post-Secondary Success: An Examination of Developmental Math Interventions Across Texas," The Journal of Higher Education, 88(2), 2017

Wenger, Jennie W., Miller, Trey, Baird, Matthew D., Buryk, Peter, Daugherty, Lindsay, Graf, Marlon, Hollands, Simon, Jahedi, Salar, Yeung, Douglas , Are Current Military Education Benefits Efficient and Effective for the Services, RAND Corporation (RR-1766-OSD), 2017

Schaefer, Agnes G.; Carey, Niel B.; Daugherty, Lindsay; Cook, Ian P.; Case, Spencer., Review of the provision of job placement assistance and related employment services to members of the reserve components., RAND Corporation (RR-1188-OSD), 2016


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    May 26, 2020 The RAND Blog

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    May 9, 2019 The RAND Blog

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    May 23, 2018 Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness

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

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    Nov 21, 2014 The RAND Blog

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