To analyze the effects of prevention and treatment programs on child welfare outcomes, RAND researchers built a quantitative model simulating how children enter and flow through the nation's child welfare system. They then projected how different policy options (prevention services, family preservation efforts, and kinship care efforts) would affect a child's pathway through the system, costs, and early adulthood outcomes.
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Helping Law Enforcement Use Data from Mobile Applications: A Guide to the Prototype Mobile Information and Knowledge Ecosystem (MIKE) ToolApril 28, 2017
Consumer devices that automatically and unobtrusively collect data about their users, including cell phones and other mobile devices, are spreading. This report documents a prototype tool created to help interested stakeholders, such as law enforcement, better understand the mobile app ecosystem and the relationships among the data, its sources, and applicable legal constraints.
Digital Resources for STEM Educators and Recommendations for Cyberlearning Initiatives: Results from the National Science Foundation Digital Library/Distributed Learning Program EvaluationApril 27, 2017
The National Science Digital Library/Distributed Learning (NSDL) program supported the development of resources, collections, and technical tools and services for teachers and learners in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This evaluation of the NSDL program assessed the sustainability of resources, tools, and services over time and across the changing technology landscape.
This report provides an independent study of how the stormwater problem in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metropolitan region could grow with future climate, land use, or population change, and discusses potential long-term solutions using new analytical approaches developed by RAND. The analysis provides a baseline of scientific information intended to support ongoing regional coordination around stormwater management and water-quality planning.
The Cost and Affordability of Flood Insurance in New York City: Economic Impacts of Rising Premiums and Policy Options for One- to Four-Family HomesMarch 27, 2017
This report examines flood insurance cost in New York City and homeowners' ability to afford it. It makes projections for how changes in flood maps and pricing practices of the National Flood Insurance Program might increase premiums, analyzes the potential consequences of those increases on households and communities, and develops and evaluates several different approaches for assisting households that have difficulty affording flood insurance.