Tim McDonald is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Design and previously worked as a research associate at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
His research focuses on public policy design methods for large systems, and their application to socially important systems such as health, education, and the economy. His current research includes assessing and developing incentive-based policy solutions for the U.S. health care system.
McDonald is the author of Unsustainable: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable, which proposes strategies to align incentives with objectives in the U.S. primary education system. The book has been used by state legislatures and school districts to guide policymaking.
McDonald has an M.P.P. in business and government from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. in political science from Hamline University.
Tim McDonald, Policy Design and Redesign of American Healthcare, Harvard Kennedy School Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, 2014
Tim McDonald, Unsustainable: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable, Rowman & Littlefield, 2011