JIE Centers and Initiatives

RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment conducts its research through five research programs; within those programs are housed multiple ongoing research centers and initiatives, as well as several short-term research projects.

Research Centers

  • Research Center Focuses on Homeland Security and Defense

    The Homeland Security and Defense Center conducts analysis to prepare and protect communities and critical infrastructure from natural disasters and terrorism and is a joint effort of the RAND National Security Research Division and RAND Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment.

  • 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 Corporate Ethics and Governance

    The RAND Center for Corporate Ethics and Governance, or CCEG, is committed to improving public understanding of corporate ethics, law, and governance, and to identifying specific ways that businesses can operate ethically, legally, and profitably at the same time.

  • Improving Occupational Health and Safety

    The RAND Center for Health and Safety in the Workplace conducts research and analysis that helps improve worker health and safety and reduce the economic costs of workplace accidents and illnesses.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy

    The Kauffman-RAND Institute for Entrepreneurship Public Policy studies how legal and regulatory policymaking affect small businesses and entrepreneurship in a wide range of settings, including corporate governance, employment law, consumer law, securities regulation and business ethics.

  • WCRC Helps Organizations Plan for Climate Challenges

    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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Modeling Climate Change Threat Can Help Improve Policy Decisions

    Climate change presents decisionmakers with a fundamental quandary: how to address a potentially serious, long-term, and uncertain threat. A joint project of RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment and the RAND Pardee Center sought to address this problem through basic research and computer modeling.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Past Research Centers

The Center for Terrorism Risk Management Policy was closed and its site archived on November 16, 2009, because the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act was renewed. The Center provided research on economic security in the face of the terrorism threat, including terrorism risk insurance, terrorism liability, compensation, security, and terrorism risk management.