This Note, reprinted from OR/MS Today, Vol. 15, December 1988, reviews the development of operations research and policy analysis at The RAND Corporation from 1968 to 1988. Rather than taking a chronological approach, the Note considers two related themes — reasons that RAND analysts took on more complex research projects than they did in the corporation's first two decades, and methodological innovations brought to bear on the problems. Finally, the Note describes the RAND Graduate School's interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in policy analysis.
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