Featured Research

  • Virtual Dermatology Care Increases Access to Specialists for Medicaid Enrollees

    May 4, 2016

    Offering virtual dermatology care to Medicaid recipients can sharply increase use of dermatology services. This offers one potential way to increase access to medical specialists who are in short supply.

  • Policy Options for Covering High-Cost Cures

    May 3, 2016

    Strategic behavior by health insurers could unravel the market for cures for chronic diseases. The cost of these cures is front-loaded, but the benefits build up over time. Thus, insurers might try to delay treatment or avoid patients who need it, in the hope that they change insurers.

  • How Different Pension Policies Can Impact Teacher Retention

    May 2, 2016

    A dynamic retention model can help policymakers concerned with mounting pension costs estimate and analyze the relationship between different retirement benefit policies and retention over the career of Chicago public school teachers.

  • Retirement Benefits and Teacher Retention

    May 2, 2016

    There is little capacity to predict how recent pension reforms and changes to teacher compensation will affect teacher turnover and teacher experience mix—and in turn—potentially impact the cost and efficacy of the public education system. Research using a structural modeling approach may begin to fill that gap.

  • Quality of Life Measures Not Widely Used in Cancer Care

    Apr 27, 2016

    Use of quality of life (QoL) tools in cancer patients may improve patient–physician communication and have the potential to improve care, but the tools are not currently widely used in clinical practice, in brain cancer or other cancer contexts. More research and stakeholder engagement is needed on how QoL tools can achieve the most impact.

  • Preparing for the Future of Air Force Intelligence Analysis

    Apr 27, 2016

    Given the recent focus on irregular warfare, it is essential that the United States Air Force has the capability to provide intelligence analysis in support of a broader range of operations. Past operations offer key lessons to help prepare for USAF intelligence in the future.

  • Rethinking Coordination of Services to Refugees in Urban Areas

    Apr 27, 2016

    The vast majority of Syrian refugees live in urban areas, not camps. What can be done to improve the coordination of international and national entities managing the refugee response in urban areas in Jordan and Lebanon?

  • Implications of China's Aerospace Industrial Policies

    Apr 27, 2016

    China aims to create a globally competitive commercial aviation and space industry. Its efforts have had limited impact on the U.S. aerospace sector so far, but the creation of a strong Chinese competitor could affect the U.S. economy and employment.

  • The Role of the European Social Fund in Supporting Childcare

    Apr 25, 2016

    Formal childcare has many benefits for young children and can also help parents return to work. The European Social Fund can help create programs for parents to engage in education, training, and employment while providing childcare services for their children.

  • Developing Long-Term Socioeconomic Strategy in Israel

    Apr 25, 2016

    Israel faces economic and social challenges. The government has not developed and implemented strategic responses to socioeconomic problems that demand longer-term policy action. How can it form and implement a socioeconomic strategy and take a long-term view of these issues?

  • Best Practices for Sustainable Operations at the Air Force's Observatory on Maui

    Apr 22, 2016

    The Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site on the Hawaiian island of Maui is a major site of U.S. space surveillance activity. A study of best practices implemented at similar research institutions offers suggestions for how the Air Force might further streamline its operations and lower operating costs.

  • Countering ISIL Requires a Stronger U.S.-Coalition Strategy

    Apr 20, 2016

    While the campaign against ISIL has degraded the group by targeting its leadership and retaking a portion of territory, achieving lasting defeat of ISIL in Iraq and Syria will require increased effort by the U.S. to help train local forces to hold territory. Also, political agreements must be forged to resolve key drivers of conflict among Iraqis and Syrians.

  • A Saudi-Led Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism Could Benefit U.S. Interests

    Apr 19, 2016

    A military alliance of Muslim-majority nations to fight terrorism poses no danger to U.S. interests. In fact, the Saudi-led initiative could be helpful in several ways beyond current levels of cooperation.

  • Weighing the Benefits of Longer Operational Cycles for Certain Ships

    Apr 18, 2016

    The Navy is transitioning from a 32-month to a 36-month cycle, but adopting a 72-month cycle could increase the time surface vessels are deployed, allow for multiple deployments between depot availabilities, reduce the number of basic training periods, and achieve some cost savings by removing the crews during the depot maintenance period.

  • How Are Teachers Perceiving and Addressing State Standards?

    Apr 18, 2016

    A high percentage of mathematics teachers report using instructional materials with some demonstrated evidence of alignment to Common Core State Standards. However, there is less evidence that state standards are playing a role in the materials English language arts teachers use.

  • Improving the Role of NGOs in Disaster Response and Recovery

    Apr 18, 2016

    The ENGAGED toolkit assists public health and emergency planners and NGO stakeholders, including voluntary associations, philanthropic organizations, advocacy groups, community groups, and businesses, in determining capacity and capability for disaster response and recovery.

  • Rethinking Indonesia's Informal Sector

    Apr 18, 2016

    Indonesia's informal labor sector accounts for a significant portion of total economic activity. New data shows most informal firms in Indonesia are small, relatively unproductive, and do not want to expand or pay taxes.

  • Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Military Health System

    Apr 18, 2016

    Among service members diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, the majority of cases are concussions. Understanding the characteristics of service members with these injuries and their treatment patterns can inform the delivery of high-quality care.

  • How Military Families Respond Before, During and After Deployment

    Apr 15, 2016

    What happens to military families over the course of a deployment cycle? And how do post-deployment outcomes differ between families who did and did not experience deployment?

  • California Mental Health Stigma-Reduction Campaign Creates Economic Benefits for the State

    Apr 14, 2016

    California's social marketing campaign to reduce stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness may have positive economic effects by increasing employment and worker productivity. For every $1 invested in the stigma-reduction effort, the state should receive an estimated $36 through higher tax collections.