About International Research and Analysis

RAND brings decades of experience conducting both large- and small-scale evaluations and related research studies across the globe, including studies in fragile and conflict-affected regions. Our research spans a wide range of disciplines, from economic and social policy to public health and security. Much of this work focuses on emerging challenges facing regions, governments, and nongovernmental organization (NGOs); such challenges include arresting the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa, fostering public health collaboration in Southeast Asia, supporting investments in resilience for energy and flood management systems, and anticipating future security requirements of the government in Afghanistan.

RAND researchers are experts in designing high-quality research studies that are sensitive to local context and practical constraints, precisely measure a broad set of relevant processes and outcomes, make rigorous estimates of impact, and employ sophisticated analytic techniques to provide policy-relevant, actionable results. We pride ourselves on mixed-method approaches to evaluation design and execution, viewing qualitative and quantitative methods as complementary tools for each stage of a research project to answer a wide range of questions.

RAND researchers have addressed a wide range of social, economic, and security-related issues in Latin and South America, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Africa. Many projects involve rigorous impact evaluations of interventions using randomization or other approaches and exploit RAND's long standing expertise in conducting survey-based research. Examples of current projects include an examination of how Syrian refugees can be integrated effectively into Middle Eastern labor markets; scaling up early childhood interventions in rural Kenya; and developing a water plan for Monterrey, Mexico.

The clients and funders for this research span a range of country and regional governments; multilateral and bilateral agencies such as the World Bank, USAID, and Britain's Department for International Development (DFID); and foundations and NGOs such as the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. RAND's work for these clients is geared toward providing rigorous research on particular challenges and programs and yielding focused recommendations that decision makers can act upon.