Sarah Weilant

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Senior Policy Analyst
Washington Office


M.P.P. in public policy, American University


Sarah Weilant is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation whose research aims to understand communities, systems, organizations, and individuals' needs for change through analysis of health, environment, resilience, workforce development, education and national security issues using mix-methods applicable to policy and planning. Weilant engages with strategic decisionmakers to designs conceptual frameworks, develops metrics and conducts primary data collection through focus groups and interviews, and nationally representative surveys across the United States, and in Southeast Asia and Africa. Bringing her multidisciplinary background to her research, work prior to RAND included refugee resettlement at the International Rescue Committee, and agricultural extension in the Peace Corps. Weilant holds a Masters degree in public policy from American University's School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in French with a concentration in African studies from Michigan State University.

Selected Publications

Weilant, Sarah, Aaron Strong, and Benjamin M. Miller, Incorporating Resilience into Transportation Planning and Assessment, RAND Corporation (RR-3038-TRB), 2019

Linnea Warren May, Laurie T. Martin, Sarah Weilant, Grace Gahlon, Allyson D. Gittens, Douglas Yeung, Rebecca Ann Lawrence, Anita Chandra, COVID-19 Community Response Emerging Themes Across Sentinel Communities, RAND, 2021

Brown, Ryan Andrew, Todd C. Helmus, Rajeev Ramchand, Alina I. Palimaru, Sarah Weilant, Ashley L. Rhoades, and Liisa Hiatt, Violent Extremism in America: Interviews with Former Extremists and Their Families on Radicalization and Deradicalization, RAND Corporation (RR-A1071-1), 2021

Curry Hall, Kimberly, Kirsten M. Keller, David Schulker, Sarah Weilant, Katherine L. Kidder, and Nelson Lim, Improving Gender Diversity in the U.S. Coast Guard: Identifying Barriers to Female Retention, RAND Corporation (RR-2770-DHS), 2019

Moore, Melinda, Laura J. Faherty, Shira H. Fischer, Kathryn E. Bouskill, Julie DaVanzo, Claude Messan Setodji, Bill Gelfeld, Emily Hoch, Luke J. Matthews, Sarah Weilant, Michele Abbott, Gabriela Armenta, Rouslan I. Karimov, Adeyemi Okunogbe, Uzaib Saya, a, Evaluation of Two Programs Supporting Global Family Planning Data Needs, RAND Corporation (RR-2112), 2018

Bond, Craig A., Aaron Strong, Nicholas Burger and Sarah Weilant, Guide to the Resilience Dividend Valuation Model, RAND Corporation (RR-2130), 2017

Alexander D. Rothenberg, Arya Gaduh, Nicholas E. Burger, Charina Chazali, Indrasari Tjandraningsih, Rini Radikun, Cole Sutera, Sarah Weilant, "Rethinking Indonesia’s Informal Sector," World Development, 80, 2016

Tamara Dubowitz1, Christopher Nelson, Sarah Weilant, Jennifer Sloan, Andy Bogart, Carolyn Miller and Anita Chandra, "Factors related to health civic engagement: results from the 2018 National Survey of Health Attitudes to understand progress towards a Culture of Health," BMC Public Health, 2020