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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.

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    Commentary

    To Help African Americans Gain Generational Wealth, Look to the Housing Market

    African American families have significantly less wealth than White families, even after reaching the middle class. Home ownership is, for the vast majority of Americans, the primary vehicle for accruing wealth, and passing it down through generations. This is a crucial time for policymakers to consider policies that focus on improving home ownership rates for African Americans.

    Dec 7, 2022

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    Food Insecurity Among U.S. Service Members and Their Families

    Over a quarter of active duty personnel were food insecure in 2018 but only 14 percent of them used food assistance programs. Some said that the military culture of self-sufficiency and pride kept them from seeking help. Other barriers were a lack of knowledge about available resources and eligibility.

    Jan 3, 2023

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    Announcement

    James P. Smith, Economist and Former Director of RAND's Labor and Population Studies Program, Dies at 79

    James P. Smith, an economist and expert on aging who directed the Labor and Population studies program at the RAND Corporation for nearly two decades, shaping a research agenda that focused on domestic labor markets, demographic trends in the United States, and economic development in developing countries, died on August 4. He was 79.

    Aug 10, 2022

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    RAND HRS Longitudinal File 2018 (V2) Documentation: Includes 1992-2018 (Final Release)

    This tool is a cleaned, easy-to-use, and streamlined data product containing information from the Health and Retirement Study, a longitudinal household survey that facilitates research into different aspects of population aging in the United States.

    Aug 9, 2022

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    Report

    Does Racism Affect Patient Safety?

    Rates and types of patient safety events vary across patients from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, with minoritized patients more likely to experience safety issues. The factors that lead to these disparities are complex and intertwined, but there is growing sentiment that racism may play a role.

    Aug 8, 2022

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    Our New CEO, Algorithmic Bias, Equity in the Workplace: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on what RAND’s new president and CEO envisions for the future, addressing bias in health care algorithms, creating equitable change in the workplace, and more.

    Aug 5, 2022

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    Educating Newcomers: A Research-Practice Conversation About K–12 Public Schooling for Undocumented and Asylum-Seeking Children in the United States

    In this webinar, RAND Corporation researchers and administrators from Louisiana and California school districts discuss K-12 public schooling for undocumented and asylum-seeking children in the United States.

    Aug 4, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Networking and Collaboration: Case Study 5

    This case study explores the ways in which infrastructure organisations network and collaborate in their efforts to improve employment outcomes for young people in England.

    Aug 3, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Data and Learning: Case Study 3

    This case study explores the ways in which infrastructure organisations collect, analyse and disseminate data to support frontline organisations helping young people into employment.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Supporting Capacity Building of Frontline Organisations: Case Study 4

    This case study aims to understand how infrastructure organisations in England support frontline organisations through capacity building, the challenges and facilitators involved, the impact on FOs and their work, and any lessons learnt.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Working to Effect Change in Policymaking at Regional, National and Systems Levels: Case Study 1

    The objective of this case study is to explore how infrastructure organisations across England work to effect change at various levels of policymaking as part of their mission to improve youth employment outcomes.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Journal Article

    Working to Embed and Champion Youth Voice in Infrastructure Organisations: Case Study 2

    This case study aims to understand how infrastructure organisations support frontline organisations through embedding youth voices in their own work and championing youth voices in interactions with other stakeholders.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Commentary

    How Policies That Punish Pregnant Women Backfire

    There is overwhelming evidence and consensus from the medical and public health communities that supportive approaches are what help pregnant women with substance use disorders. Unfortunately, the overturning of Roe v. Wade has opened the door for more policies that police and punish women rather than these solutions that can save lives.

    Aug 2, 2022

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    Addressing Homelessness Among Individuals Incarcerated in Los Angeles County

    This video provides an overview of the RAND study that evaluated impact and costs of the Just in Reach Pay for Success program.

    Aug 1, 2022

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    Predicting Patients' Race and Ethnicity Can Improve Equity in Health Care Delivery

    Algorithms designed to guide medical care can contribute to racially inequitable outcomes, but eliminating information about patient race and ethnicity as an input to algorithms is not the right way to address the issue.

    Aug 1, 2022

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    Commentary

    Seven Ways to Build a Truly Equitable DEI Strategy

    Despite growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles worldwide, not much has changed with the power structure in DEI spaces, which still center on the C-suite and tend to be populated with groups that are less knowledgeable on research in DEI. Here are seven strategies for building a more-equitable DEI program.

    Aug 1, 2022

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    Talking to Russia, Racial Bias, Mine-Hunting Dolphins: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on preventing escalation of the war in Ukraine, how racial bias compounds over time, why the Navy should stick with its mine-hunting dolphins, and more.

    Jul 29, 2022

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    How the Effects of Racial Bias Compound

    Researchers illustrate the ways in which small effects of racial bias can compound over lifetimes. Users of this tool can adjust the amount of racial bias to see its effects on educational achievement, income growth, and wealth accumulation.

    Jul 27, 2022

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    Preventing Intimate Partner Abuse

    First developed in the 1970s, programs focused on intimate partner violence prevention are designed to hold perpetrators accountable for their behavior and to prioritize safety and justice for victims. What might help make these programs more effective?

    Jul 27, 2022

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    The Mutual Rewards of Hiring a Veteran: Q&A with Kyleanne Hunter and Kayla Williams

    July 25 is National Hire a Veteran Day, and its purpose is to encourage employers to look to this diverse pool of workers to fill positions. Employers stand to benefit from the experience and skills that veterans acquire during military service. For veterans, a fulfilling career can ease the transition to civilian life.

    Jul 25, 2022

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    Commentary

    Segregation and Racism—Buffalo's Ignored History

    To move policy forward, public policy research will need to take a joint, nonpartisan look at diverse perspectives while, at the same time, giving space to voices that have been historically underrepresented. Changing or challenging fundamental assumptions in racial equity discourse requires a better understanding of the importance of cultural data, the longstanding impacts of systemic -isms on lived experiences, and a push for real-time policy solutions.

    Jul 25, 2022

  • A woman holding her baby in her arms looks at a view of Seoul shrouded by fine dust during a polluted day in Seoul, South Korea, March 5, 2019, photo by Kim Hong-ji/Reuters

    Commentary

    South Korea's Extraordinary Fertility Decline

    The complicated history of family planning as well as socioeconomic and political factors may all play roles in depressing birth rates in South Korea. But the nation's fertility decline is just one piece in a complicated gender puzzle.

    Jul 22, 2022