Children, Families, and Communities


RAND research addresses child health and how families and neighborhoods affect child well-being. Other family-focused research covers topics such as immigration, caregiving, and household finances. Through studies on families as well as community resilience, RAND develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous.

  • A second grade student votes during a mock election at his school in Gainesville Florida, Nov. 3, 2020, photo by Brad McClenny/Reuters


    Want to Rebuild Public Trust? Focus on Civic Education

    Dec 7, 2020

    Truth Decay—the diminishing role of facts in American public life—has led to political paralysis, the erosion of civil discourse, and widespread uncertainty. Investing in civic education could help turn the tide.

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    Family Caregivers Should Be Integrated into the Health Care Team

    Jan 5, 2021

    The pandemic has produced changes in health care practices, such as shorter hospital stays and more frequent management of chronic illnesses at home. This has shifted the responsibility for many medical tasks to family caregivers. Caregivers have become frontline workers and should be treated as members of the health care team.

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