Michael G. Shanley

Michael G. Shanley
Senior Policy Researcher


Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in urban and regional planning, Cornell University; B.S. in industrial management, Purdue University


Michael Shanley is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation working on training, education and veteran employment issues. With regards to training and education, his recent research addresses distributed learning (DL), the cost of training, training effectiveness, and educational and training technologies.  Other recent work includes issues of training evaluation in the area of largely intangible skills, such as "adaptability." With regards to veteran employment, his research addresses methods to document transitioning service members essential non-technical skills, like leadership and team building, that are relevant to civilian employment. A long-time RAND employee, Dr. Shanley received his Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.

Selected Publications

Chaitra M. Hardison, Michael. G. Shanley et al., What Veterans Bring to Civilian Workplaces: A Prototype Toolkit for Helping Private-Sector Employees Understand the Nontechnical Skills Taught in the Military, RAND Corporation (TL-160-1), 2016

Susan. G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley et al., Developing Army Leaders: Lessons for Teaching Critical Thinking in Distributed, Resident, and Mixed-Delivery Venues, RAND Corportation (RR-321), 2014

Susan. G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley et al., Enhancing Critical Thinking Skills for Army Leaders Using Blended-Learning Methods, RAND Corporation (RR-172), 2013

Michael Shanley, et al., Making Improvements to the Army Distributed Learning Program, RAND Corporation (MG-1016), 2012

Susan. G. Straus, Michael G. Shanley et al., New Tools and Metrics for Evaluating Army Distributed Learning, RAND Corporation (MG-1072), 2011