• Aerial view of Santa Monica city and beach

    Measuring Wellbeing to Help Communities Thrive

    The city of Santa Monica wanted to incorporate wellbeing into city planning, policies, and programs. RAND researchers, as part of a team of experts, helped create a framework for measuring wellbeing and applying the findings to city planning.

  • Los Angeles traffic jam at sunset

    Creating Policies to Get Los Angeles Moving

    The Los Angeles area has the most severe traffic congestion in the United States, and trends suggest that it will continue to worsen in the coming years. RAND transport experts proposed efficient and equitable policy strategies for mitigating congestion.

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    Improving Low Birth Weight Policy in Georgia

    Experts conducted a critical review of the latest scientific evidence on low birth weight and provided recommendations to help Georgia improve its outcomes in this area.

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    Guiding Education Reform in Qatar

    Qatar's leadership asked RAND to examine the country's K-12 school system and provide options for improvement. Researchers collected and analyzed information by observing schools, government ministries, and other workplaces; conducting interviews; and analyzing relevant documents.

  • A ballistic missile target is launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on October 3, 2013

    Managing Escalation in Crisis and War

    The risks of military escalation are more diverse today than during the Cold War. What steps can policymakers take to help prevent escalation in military confrontations and wars?

  • Paratroopers exit a C-130 aircraft at Al Asad Airbase, Iraq, as part of an airborne training exercise

    Measuring Troop Deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan

    How "big" were the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? To prepare for future conflicts, the U.S. Army needed to know exactly how far it extended itself in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).