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.
Mental illness is increasing among the working-age population in the United Kingdom and is associated with high economic and social costs; it is one of the leading reasons that people claim sickness benefits.
There are millions of military caregivers—wives, husbands, siblings, parents, and friends—caring for U.S. service members and veterans who are wounded, ill, or injured. These caregivers help their loved ones live better-quality lives, but their own needs may go unmet.
A team of experts from RAND and other institutions completed the most comprehensive study to date on the impact of consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), with estimates generated from analyses of approximately 60 large U.S. employers and 800,000 households.
In much of Europe, local authorities receive taxpayer funds to enforce national and European regulations and ensure that food and workplaces are safe, companies trade fairly, and the environment is clean. RAND Europe developed an impact dashboard to help these local regulators show when and how they deliver value for money.
Soldiers serving in Afghanistan regularly marched carrying more than 100 pounds of arms and equipment. Approximately one third of that burden is body armor. How can the weight of body armor be reduced without risking the lives of the soldiers it protects?
RAND developed and tested quality indicators, creating a comprehensive assessment system to help inform both health care providers and consumers about improving quality of care for the vulnerable elderly.
As implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) unfolds, state governments face numerous decisions. With significant amounts of funding and residents' health at stake, states need strong evidence to inform their policy.
Achievement gaps between disadvantaged and advantaged students in language arts and mathematics can form early, with some children trailing behind in school readiness measures when they enter kindergarten. Despite fiscal constraints, an increase in the funding for effective preschool programs can help to close these gaps and reduce costs later on.
Dementia is a chronic disease of aging that reduces cognitive function, leaving people unable to tend to even their most basic, everyday needs. A RAND-led research team developed the most precise estimate to date of the economic burden of the disease.
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.