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Assessing Impact to Inform Decisions

A Toolkit on Measures for Policymakers

Published Jul 25, 2017

by Scott Savitz, Miriam Matthews, Sarah Weilant


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Well-designed measures are essential for informing plans, decisions, assessments, and communications with key stakeholders. This toolkit provides a very brief overview of how to identify concepts that should be measured, how to evaluate measures, and how to identify new measures that can contribute to better-informed decisions, plans, and assessments. It is based on the content presented in a series of instructional, interactive workshops that RAND conducted for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in 2016 and 2017. This content was derived from a series of prior RAND reports, as discussed in the body of the document.

This research was sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center and the Homeland Security and Defense Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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