Communities and Families


RAND develops solutions to public policy challenges to help make communities throughout the world safer and more secure, healthier and more prosperous. RAND experts study community resilience, community health and well-being, and housing. Our research on families spans various populations and socioeconomic backgrounds. It addresses such topics as child welfare, immigration, caregiving, marriage and divorce, and household finances.

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    Community Citizen Science Could Transform Science and Society

    Sep 27, 2017

    Citizen science, public participation in research and scientific endeavors, isn't new. But community citizen science—where volunteers actively lead and conduct research, taking control and ownership—is on the rise. What promise does this phenomenon hold? And what are the risks?

  • A mother reads with her three-year-old daughter at a Head Start program in Boston, Massachusetts, March 5, 2013, photo by Brian Snyder/Reuters


    High-Quality Early Childhood Programs Can Change Lives

    Jan 3, 2018

    The most comprehensive look to date at the benefits of early childhood education found that 102 of 115 programs improved at least one outcome for children beyond a statistical doubt. And the economic and social benefits continue to pay dividends, sometimes well into adulthood.

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