Lindsay Daugherty

Lindsay Daugherty
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, 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

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