Welcome to the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute

About the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute

RAND created the Gulf States Policy Institute in 2005 to support hurricane recovery and long-term economic development in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Today, RAND Gulf States provides objective analysis to federal, state, and local leaders in support of evidence-based policymaking and the well-being of individuals throughout the Gulf States region. With an office in New Orleans, Louisiana, RAND Gulf States is dedicated to answering the region's toughest questions related to a wide range of issues that include coastal protection and restoration, health care, and workforce development.

Examining Our Impact

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Established in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute tackles tough questions in the topic areas relevant to the region's long-term economic development and the well-being of its residents. For example: How to protect the coasts from future storms? How to provide housing and health care for a population in need? How to educate tomorrow's workforce? And how to ensure energy and transportation for a growing economy?

  • Increasing Community Resilience in the Gulf States Region

    Community resilience requires participation from the whole community to improve response and recovery, and to plan for disaster recovery over the long term. This is a lesson that the U.S. Gulf States have learned in the last decade, and their experiences are helping teach other communities across the nation how to become more resilient.

Recent News and Reports

  • Agriculture Security in America

    Nov 2, 2017

    The United States has made progress in developing systems to safeguard the nation's agriculture. But threats persist because of socioeconomic, environmental, and ecological factors.

  • Planning for Climate Change in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

    Oct 27, 2017

    There is a wealth of data and climate information that could help improve resilience of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Increased flooding, rising temperatures, and the potential for extreme rainfall events will impact future decisions about transportation, land, and water management.

  • Community Citizen Science Could Transform Science and Society

    Sep 27, 2017

    Community citizen science is public participation in research and scientific endeavors, usually to support some kind of policy change. RAND analysts explore current standards of practice for community citizen science and consider its potential to transform communities, science, and decisionmaking.

  • Flood Risk Resilience: Definitions and Existing Tools for Communities

    Sep 12, 2017

    A literature review examines definitions, themes, and guidance surrounding community resilience to flood risk. What decision support tools exist to help communities with flood mitigation efforts, and how have they been used in the past?

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