RAND Featured Research and Projects

  • Container ships wait off the coast of the congested Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in Long Beach, California, October 1, 2021, photo by Alan Devall/Reuters

    Considering Supply Chain Resiliency

    Oct 14, 2021

    The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the fragility of global supply chains. And the SolarWinds hack showed how the scope of a supply chain should be interpreted more broadly to reflect dependencies on software. How can the United States increase supply chain resiliency?

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting on the sidelines of a BRICS summit, in Brasilia, Brazil, November 13, 2019, photo by Ramil Sitdikov/Sputnik via Reuters

    The Chinese-Russian Relationship and Its Risks to U.S. Interests

    Oct 12, 2021

    Over the past 70 years, China and Russia have experienced the full range of interstate relations, from conflict to alliance. Beijing and Moscow have become much closer since 2014, increasing political, military, and economic cooperation. What does this mean for the United States?

  • A nurse taking a patient's blood pressure, photo by vitapix/Getty Images

    Investment in Women's Health Research Could Reap Large Societal Benefits

    Oct 11, 2021

    The potential gains from women-focused research are substantial, given the limitations in knowledge about disease development and impacts for women relative to men. Savings would include increased life years, fewer disruptions to work productivity, and fewer years with disease and functional dependence.

  • Two people embrace while sitting on a rocky shoreline and looking across the horizon, Antelias, Lebanon, May 2009, photo by Wael Morcos

    Crossing the Digital Divide: How Refugees Use Mobile Technology

    Morcos Key's second visualization for RAND Art + Data explores how millions of refugees around the world rely on technology—particularly mobile phones—for survival, to connect to the past, and for a chance at a better future.

  • An illustration visualizing a new 21st century workforce development system, artwork by Morcos Key

    A 21st-Century Workforce Development System

    Design studio Morcos Key created an animated illustration that envisions how America's workforce development system could be transformed to better support 21st-century workers, employers, and educators.

  • An art installation showing income inequality in the United States from 1975 to 2018, artwork by Giorgia Lupi

    Connecting the Dots on Income Inequality

    Based on RAND data, a physical installation created by information designer Giorgia Lupi shows income inequality in the United States over the last four decades. The sculpture also evokes the deeper societal ideas and meanings behind these numbers.

RAND-Initiated Research

  • Teacher Mary Yi works with fourth-grade students at the Sokolowski School in Chelsea, Massachusetts, September 15, 2021, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters

    Approaches and Obstacles to Teaching Media Literacy

    Sep 23, 2021

    The majority of U.S. public schools address media literacy competencies in some manner. But according to K–12 teachers, instruction is unevenly implemented, at best, and obstacles are common. Media literacy education also varies across schools of different ethnic compositions and poverty levels.