Research Areas

  • Early Childhood Education

    The importance of early childhood education is documented, but evaluating it is a difficult task. RAND explores a wide range of issues to help decisionmakers better understand how to measure quality, effective professional development for educators, overall costs vs. benefits, and more.

  • K–12 Accountability & Assessments

    RAND explores the effects of standards-based accountability policies, including testing, but also those of non-academic competencies like social and emotional learning, occupational skills, and more. With a better understanding of the outcomes of such policies, decisionmakers may be able to make improvements.

  • Postsecondary Education

    RAND explores policy solutions that address student needs, funding challenges, and how to ensure postsecondary graduates are properly trained for the 21st-century workforce.

  • K–12 Educator Effectiveness

    Research suggests that, although many factors contribute to student performance, teachers matter most. But what makes teachers effective in the classroom? And how can school leaders measure effectiveness? RAND conducts research on these questions to help inform this ongoing policy debate.

  • K–12 Instructional Technology

    It has long been recognized that technology has the potential to dramatically improve the education system, but efforts to do so have had limited impact. RAND's work in this area is helping to change that—by researching innovative ideas and helping decisionmakers answer the tough questions surrounding the design and implementation of technology.

  • Out-of-School Time

    To help understand how time spent outside of the classroom impacts students, RAND experts evaluate after-school programs and summer learning programs, investigate the impact of expanded learning time, and explore whether students are losing ground in the summer.

  • Employment and Unemployment

    An individual's education, age, and health status may present barriers or opportunities to employability. RAND research examines the impact of a range of policies and forces on employment and unemployment. These include personal, regional, and global factors.

  • Workforce Development

    The demand for educated, versatile workers who can interpret complex information and adapt to technological innovation is high. To promote workforce development at home and abroad, RAND helps public and private sector decisionmakers understand how to keep workers productive, knowledgeable, and engaged.

  • Financial Decisionmaking

    RAND helps people understand how to make better financial decisions and assists policymakers develop better financial decisionmaking tools and resources.

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