Congressional Newsletters

RAND Congressional newsletters and alerts highlight our research on the most relevant issues in the public policy debate. See the most recent issues below.

  • Students return to school wearing masks at Wilder Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky, August 11, 2021, photo by Amira Karaoud/Reuters
    Education Policy

    RAND Education Resources

    Sep 2, 2021

    A roundup of RAND's recent education research features results from a parent survey about COVID-19 safety practices in U.S. schools. It also includes insights on school staffing, investments in preschool, and middle-skills workforce development.

  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with the Russian Security Council
    Afghanistan

    Understanding Russian Grand Strategy

    Aug 31, 2021

    A new RAND report examined and tested elements of Russia's stated grand strategy and then outlined what behaviors would be expected if Russia's behavior reflected that strategy.

  • An elderly married couple receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time inside the Korean Community Services center in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, February 11, 2021, photo by Anthony Behar/Reuters
    Vaccination

    Initial COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign in the United States Prevented Nearly 140,000 Deaths

    Aug 26, 2021

    As the United States confronts an increase in COVID-19 cases and deaths fueled by the delta variant, a new study from researchers at the RAND Corporation and Indiana University provides support for policies that expand vaccine administration. The study finds that the first few months of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign prevented nearly 140,000 deaths and 3 million cases of COVID-19 nationwide.

  • A U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor prepares to initiate "Lights," the start of her platoon's morning routine, photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley/U.S. Marine Corps
    Gender Integration in the Military

    Countering Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the Military

    Aug 26, 2021

    To help prevent sexual assault and harassment in the military, a new RAND report offers specific recommendations for policymakers, focused on enhancing accountability, improving knowledge and skills needed to prevent sexual assault and harassment, and enacting a research agenda for the Defense Department to set the standard for excellence in prevention.

  • People try to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, August 16, 2021, photo by Stringer/Reuters
    Afghanistan

    Collapse in Afghanistan: Early Insights from RAND Researchers

    Aug 19, 2021

    The sudden end to America's longest war came Sunday as the Taliban rolled into the capital of Afghanistan and the national government collapsed. Even as the situation remains in flux, RAND experts have shared some of their initial thoughts on topics such as the issues fleeing Afghans may face, how the United States can protect refugees, and the implications of Afghanistan's collapse on terrorism and geopolitics.

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    United States

    Summer Reading List for Congress

    Aug 18, 2021

    With a busy fall schedule approaching, many will spend time in August examining topics sure to top Congress' agenda after recess. This review provides insights from RAND on issues including Afghanistan, early childhood education, China, violent extremism, Truth Decay, and telehealth.

  • Hospital bed in a hospital corridor, photo by PeopleImages/Getty Images
    Health Care Costs

    Impacts of Consolidation and Integration on Health Systems

    Aug 4, 2021

    Public attention and regulatory scrutiny are increasingly focused on health care consolidation--both horizontal and vertical. A growing body of research sheds light on whether integration represents a value add to U.S. health care.

  • China outlined in red on a NASA image of Earth, photo by NASA and RomoloTavani/Getty Images
    Globalization

    China's Quest for Global Primacy

    Jul 26, 2021

    China will aim to establish regional and global primacy by relying on economic prowess and diplomatic maneuvers, according to the authors of a new RAND report. The goal: gain a position of advantage from which China cannot be dislodged by the United States.

  • War, military threat, military power concept. China. Tanks toy near chinese flag on black background top view, photo by 9dreamstudio/AdobeStock

    Understanding Chinese Deterrence Signaling

    Jun 21, 2021

    As China leverages growing military capabilities and the availability of new communication channels, it is also changing its approach to deterrence signaling. New RAND research provides an analytic framework to interpret Chinese deterrence signaling and explores seven case studies of recent Chinese deterrence behavior.

  • Teacher and children in a preschool classroom, photo by bernardbodo/Getty Images
    Preschool

    Preschool Programs in the United States

    Jun 11, 2021

    President Biden's American Families Plan proposes a 10-year, $200 billion federal investment in publicly funded preschool programs. As Congress considers whether to fund this initiative, RAND research can provide insight into the costs, benefits, return on investment, and features of high-quality preschool programs.

  • South Korean soldiers coordinate fires during a joint artillery exercise with U.S. soldiers near the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea, May 10, 2016, photo by Staff Sgt. Keith Anderson/U.S. Army
    Military Personnel

    What is the State of Deterrence in the Taiwan Strait and Korea?

    May 26, 2021

    Recent RAND research explored U.S. extended deterrence on the Korean Peninsula and in the Taiwan Strait. The researchers conclude that the state of deterrence in Korea is healthy, and all examined variables are robust or effective.

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    China

    RAND Research on China

    May 18, 2021

    Strategic competition with China is among the top foreign policy issues of the 117th Congress. RAND experts offer up insight on a variety of topics, including U.S. allies and partners, gray zone activities, and technology and supply chains.

  • A compilation of three images: Spasskaya Tower in Moscow, photo by Сергей Шармаков/Getty Images/iStockphoto; Great Hall of the People in Beijing: Spondylolithesis/Getty Images/iStockphoto; and a COVID-19 virus, image by BlackJack3D/Getty Images/iStockphoto. Design by Rick Penn-Kraus/RAND Corporation
    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    China and Russia: Superspreaders of Malign and Subversive COVID-19 Information

    May 3, 2021

    Both Russia and China appear to have employed information manipulation during the COVID-19 pandemic in service of their respective global agendas. A new RAND report describes the types of COVID-19-related malign and subversive information efforts with which sources linked to Russia and to China ostensibly targeted U.S. audiences in 2020.

  • U.S. Marines and sailors post security from the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD-2) off the coast of Southern Calif., December 4, 2020, photo by Lance Cpl. Cameron Rowe/U.S. Marine Corps
    Military Personnel

    The Link Between Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault in the Military

    Apr 28, 2021

    Ambient sexual harassment—the sexual harassment of others in a service member's work environment—is strongly associated with risk of sexual assault, even after controlling for many other sexual assault risk factors, according to a RAND report.

  • Special operations forces in Afghanistan, photo by U.S. Army
    Military Force Planning

    In Case You Missed It: Special Operations Forces Culture and Climate

    Apr 26, 2021

    After several years of high operational tempo, what is the future of special operations forces? Linda Robinson discusses ways to ensure the health and culture of the force, right-size the counterterrorism mission, and prioritize diversity.

  • A parent taking a child's temperature on a virtual doctor visit, photo by chee gin tan/Getty Images
    Telemedicine

    The Future of Telehealth

    Apr 22, 2021

    Policymakers are considering whether to continue the expanded role that telehealth is playing in our health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic, and if so, how to do this while ensuring appropriate utilization.

  • Close up of a man holding cannabis products in a cannabis dispensary, photo by CasarsaGuru/Getty Images
    Cannabis

    RAND Research on Marijuana

    Apr 13, 2021

    As policymakers consider legislative proposals to legalize marijuana, RAND experts can provide an objective and data-driven perspective on questions such as taxation design, health effects, and social equity.

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    Pharmaceutical Drugs

    RAND Research on Drug Pricing

    Apr 5, 2021

    Most Americans agree prescription drug prices are too high. As prescription drug prices continue to increase in United States, policymakers have been examining ways to address this issue.

  • U.S Marines static line jump from a KC-130J Hercules over Drop Zone Basilone on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., December 10, 2020, photo by Lance Cpl. Drake Nickels/U.S. Marine Corps
    Military Personnel

    Sexual Assault Doubles the Odds of Military Separation

    Mar 31, 2021

    Exposure to sexual assault in the U.S. military doubled the odds that a service member would separate from the military within 28 months, and sexual harassment was associated with roughly eight percent of all military separations during this same time period.

  • Smart car 3D rendering, photo by Production Perig/Adobe Stock
    Autonomous Vehicles

    RAND Research on Autonomous Vehicles

    Mar 23, 2021

    As lawmakers consider the future of infrastructure, autonomous vehicles have the potential to drastically change our transportation system.

  • A tween girl wearing a protective mask at her desk in a classroom, photo by JackF/Adobe Stock
    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    COVID-19 Testing in K-12 Schools

    Mar 15, 2021

    Across the nation, safely reopening schools that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic is a top priority for many parents, educators, and policymakers alike. However, widespread safety concerns are a barrier to schools' ability to provide more in-person instruction.

  • People are seen at a 24-hour COVID-19 vaccination center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Brooklyn, New York, January 11, 2021, photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters
    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    What Contributes to COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Communities?

    Mar 12, 2021

    As COVID-19 vaccine distribution efforts continue, a new RAND survey reveals a high level of vaccine hesitancy and mistrust of COVID-19 vaccines among Black Americans, including among Black health care workers.

  • A view from space of the Middle East, West Asia, and East Europe at night, photo by wael alreweie/Getty Images
    Middle East

    Reimagining U.S. Strategy in the Middle East

    Mar 4, 2021

    With the start of a new administration in the United States, the coming months might offer an opportune moment for Washington to rethink some of the fundamental premises underlying American policymaking in the Middle East and review how the United States engages the region, and for what purpose.

  • Closeup of a doctor tearing a prescription off a pad, photo by wdstock/Getty Images
    Health Care Costs

    How to Improve Access and Control Costs in the TRICARE Prescription Drug Benefit

    Feb 26, 2021

    Like other providers of prescription drug coverage, TRICARE uses benefit design, formulary, and other tools to strike a balance between access to prescription drugs for beneficiaries and spending. How might TRICARE further improve access, control costs, or both?

  • A Kindergarten teacher cleans and prepares her classroom, from where she will begin the new school year teaching virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic, in Boston, Massachusetts, September 18, 2020, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters
    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Stress Topped the Reasons Why Public School Teachers Quit, Even Before COVID-19

    Feb 22, 2021

    It is no surprise that teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic has added pressure to what was already a high-stress profession. A new RAND survey of nearly 1,000 former public school teachers reveals how important stress has been--even more so than pay--to teachers' decisions to leave the profession.