Tools and Methods

Developing tools for improving health is part of the ongoing commitment of RAND Health Care to translate research into real-world solutions. We give individuals, organizations, and government the tools to help them define—and tackle—their own challenges.

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    Mental Health Systems Solutions Explorer

    This tool, designed by RAND researchers, helps connect mental health systems, policy leaders, and decisionmakers with resources and evidence-based solutions that could help transform the complex mental health landscape in the United States.

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    Interactive Tool for Strategizing Hospital Critical Care Capacity

    RAND developed an interactive tool to help hospitals in the United States estimate current critical care capacity and rapidly explore strategies for increasing it.

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    Bayesian Indirect Surname Geocoding (BISG)

    Bayesian Improved Surname and Geocoding (BISG) is a methodology developed by the RAND Corporation that can help U.S. organizations produce accurate, cost-effective estimates of racial and ethnic disparities within datasets—and illuminate areas for improvement.

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    Predicting Outcomes of Health Care Reform Proposals

    RAND developed the COMPARE microsimulation model to estimate the likely impacts of health reform proposals on costs and coverage. The model assessed and helped shape design choices in the Affordable Care Act and has been used to assess a wide range of proposals, including single payer and public option plans.

  • RAND Hospital Data Tool

    The RAND Hospital Data tool provides users with hospital cost data sets that are conveniently packaged and documented and that include value-added fields derived from HCRIS data, such as measures of occupancy and profitability. The goal of the tool is to make analytic tasks easier for those who work regularly with the data and to broaden the set of users.

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    RAND OPTIC Policy Center Literature Library

    The OPTIC Policy Center Literature Library allows researchers and policymakers to search opioid policy literature by topic, policies, and outcomes.

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