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This toolkit acts as a guide to improvement strategies for teams of practitioners at colleges, providing them with the knowledge and tools they need to carry out rapid cycles of data-driven improvement to address issues they face on the ground.
May 28, 2019
Lindsay Daugherty, Rita Karam, Daniel Basco, Julia H. Kaufman
RAND researchers assessed gaps in business acumen and knowledge of industry present within the defense acquisition workforce. They identified apparent knowledge gaps, possible reasons for their existence, and potential approaches to closing them.
May 28, 2019
Laura Werber, John A. Ausink, Lindsay Daugherty, Brian Phillips, Felix Knutson, Ryan Haberman
RAND study has shown that, by increasing the ability of their own students, effective teachers also increase the ability of their students' future peers -- a significant effect that current "value added" teacher ratings system do not account for.
Compares four ways to translate standardized effect sizes into metrics that may be easier for educators and policymakers to interpret. Concludes that translating to years of learning is a poor choice; translating to percentile gains is recommended.
Although many states have passed some type of law affecting naloxone availability, only laws allowing direct dispensing by pharmacists appear to be useful. Communities in which access to naloxone is improved should prepare for increases in nonfatal overdoses and link these individuals to effective treatment.
RAND researchers focus on North Carolina's implementation of the Pathways from Prison to Postsecondary Education Project. They examine the in-prison and community components of the program and the experiences of Pathways students and staff.
Overview that describes the literature search CRCG undertook and the database developed with a goal of assessing the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the health, social, and economic wellbeing of Gulf Coast communities.
School Improvement Plans (SIPs) have been a central feature of American school reform for over two decades. This Data Note explores teacher and principal awareness of and attitudes toward SIP effectiveness and areas where views diverge.
May 16, 2019
Christopher Joseph Doss, Goke Akinniranye, Katie Tosh
An evaluation of the current state of research and practice in regional pedestrian and bicycle demand modelling for both commute and noncommute trips. The results of the study were connected to planning needs and practice.
May 16, 2019
Mark Bradley, Charlene Rohr, James Fox, Julian Glenesk
This brief describes results of a study focused on changes in news presentation over time and across platforms, finding a general shift from objective event-based reporting to reporting that relies more heavily on argumentation and advocacy.
May 14, 2019
Jennifer Kavanagh, William Marcellino, Jonathan S. Blake, Shawn Smith, Steven Davenport, Mahlet G. Tebeka
This study evaluates the performance of Lima, Peru's current drought management plan against future droughts and proposes augmentations, and it recommends ways to ensure that the drought management plan performs will in the uncertain future.
May 14, 2019
David G. Groves, Laura Bonzanigo, James Syme, Nathan Lee Engle, Ivan Rodriguez Cabanillas
Changing patterns in drug use and supply can affect the well-being and development of Asian countries in many ways. RAND researchers discuss the shifting drug policy landscape in Asia, with a special focus on the Philippines, Thailand, and China.
The authors assess the relative importance of component status relative to a number of potential determinants of operational effectiveness, including but not limited to unit type, training level, experience in country, and associated costs and risk.
May 13, 2019
Craig A. Bond, M. Wade Markel, Olesya Tkacheva, Richard E. Darilek, Robert G. Fix, Bryan W. Hallmark, Henry A. Leonard, Duncan Long, Todd Nichols
RAND researchers evaluated the U.S. Department of Defense's (DoD's) Language Training Center Program, which partners with institutions of higher education to train DoD personnel in language, culture, and regional area studies.
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