RAND Social and Economic Well-Being Centers and Initiatives

RAND Social and Economic Well-Being conducts its research through three programs; within those programs are housed multiple ongoing research centers and initiatives, as well as several short-term research projects.

Research Centers

  • Center for the Study of Aging

    The RAND Center for the Study of Aging has conducted objective, independent, interdisciplinary research on aging and the elderly for more than 20 years. It improves public policy through primary data collection as well as secondary data analysis.

  • RAND Institute for Civil Justice

    The RAND Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ), a part of the Justice Policy program, conducts research on all aspects of civil justice, from trends in litigation and jury verdicts to punitive damages, compensation systems, and alternative dispute resolution. Directly or indirectly, civil justice issues have an impact on us all.

  • RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation

    The RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation (CCRMC) seeks to identify and promote laws, programs, and institutions that reduce the adverse social and economic effects of catastrophes.

  • Center for Disability Research

    The RAND Center for Disability Research aims to better understand the social and economic causes and consequences of disability. Research themes include examining the roles of employers, health-care markets, knowledge networks, and social insurance programs.

  • RAND Drug Policy Research Center

    The RAND Drug Policy Research Center conducts research to help decisionmakers in the United States and throughout the world address issues involving alcohol and other drugs.

  • Center on Quality Policing

    The RAND Center on Quality Policing provides research and analysis on contemporary police practice and policy. The Center's work helps law enforcement agencies across the U.S. make better operational decisions and consistently perform at their best.

  • Water and Climate Resilience Center

    The RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center conducts policy research and develops innovative tools to support decisionmakers at all levels of government as they confront challenges presented by climate change.

Selected Research Projects

  • The Appalachia Partnership Initiative

    The Appalachia Partnership Initiative seeks to build sustainable STEM education and technical training programs in the Greater Pittsburgh area, ultimately helping to develop a skilled workforce ready for careers in energy and manufacturing.

  • Assessing What Works in Correctional Education

    Correctional education helps prisoners better transition to communities upon release. RAND's research in this area has influenced policy at a state and federal level.

  • Reducing New Orleans Storm-Surge Flood Risk in an Uncertain Future

    Preparing for natural disasters is a long, multi-faceted process that requires years of planning, coordination, and direct action. RAND has developed a new approach for assessing hurricane flood risk in New Orleans under uncertainty and evaluating city-wide approaches for reducing this risk.

  • Improving School Climate and Safety in Jackson Public Schools

    Tools for Life is a program designed to improve school climate and safety by teaching children how to handle their emotions and positively interact with others. RAND is investigating the program's implementation and impact in Jackson, Mississippi public schools.

  • Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative

    The RAND Corporation, partnering with the Police Executive Research Forum, RTI International, and the University of Denver, is conducting research to assess and prioritize needs across the criminal justice community and to utilize innovation to solve problems and work smarter.

  • The RAND Summer Institute

    The annual RAND Summer Institute brings together expert clinicians and researchers with graduate and post graduate students drawn from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and institutions to discuss the latest findings in the science of aging and the interrelationship of health, economic status, and public policy on the aging field.