Tim McDonald is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. For the 2021-22 academic year he is a graduate fellow at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Design and previously worked as a researcher at the Harvard Global Equity Initiative.
His research focuses on methods for designing policy for large systems, and the application of these methods to socially important systems such as health, the economy, and the national defense. His current projects include 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.