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For 75 years, decisionmakers around the world have turned to RAND for help solving the most complex and consequential public policy challenges. Through research and analysis that is empirical, nonpartisan, and objective, we strive to make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

The mix of studies, singular accomplishments, and streams of research and analysis included in this book exemplifies RAND's range, originality, and influence. The selections are listed in no particular order but are intended to reflect the breadth of our increasingly diversified research agenda. Taken together, the selections reveal a common motif: our ability to have a positive impact on the world by applying rigorous and objective analysis to challenging problems. That aspiration has guided RAND ever since it was established.

If you take one thing away from this book, perhaps it will be this: Public policy need not be inaccessible. It is about real people, real places, real organizations, real solutions.

RAND's work in the public interest seeks to have a lasting positive effect on you, your family, your community, and your world.

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