Methodology

RAND researchers have pioneered several different methodologies, such as the Delphi method and robust decisionmaking, and continue to apply their methodological expertise in multidisciplinary projects that may require a range of capabilities, including modeling and simulation, survey research, economic or statistical analysis, or planning and forecasting.

  • Malcolm Gladwell, V. Darleen Opfer, and Laura Hamilton at RAND's Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, November 12, 2016

    Blog

    The Challenges of Measuring Effective Teaching

    While educators, policymakers, and parents may agree on the need for more effective teachers, they often use different criteria to judge whether schools are doing their job. Parents have varied priorities for what they want in teachers and in schools.

    Nov 16, 2016

  • Journalist Malcolm Gladwell and Houston Astros' General Manager Jeff Luhnow at RAND's Politics Aside event in Santa Monica, November 12, 2016

    Blog

    The Art of Data in Baseball

    The traditional baseball scout's keen eye is no longer deemed sufficient to rate talent, said Jeff Luhnow, general manager of the Houston Astros, at RAND's Politics Aside event. Analysts check curveball spin rates, computer-modeled swing mechanics, and even sleep habits.

    Nov 15, 2016

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    Commentary

    Why the Polls Were Wrong

    RAND's Presidential Election Panel Survey, like other polls, overpredicted the popular vote. But since it focused on the decisionmaking process and how that translated into behaviors, the data could provide deep insights into what happened and how it took pollsters by surprise.

    Nov 14, 2016

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    Project

    How Can Research Be Evaluated?

    There are many different evaluation frameworks to choose from, and many tools for gathering appropriate data to use within frameworks, but no single approach works in all contexts and for all purposes. RAND Europe has compiled a comprehensive list of evaluation tools and techniques, including when each might be most useful; the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches; and the context in which each of 14 different frameworks has been used before.

    Nov 14, 2016

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    Politics Aside 2016 Audio Podcasts

    Listen to audio from RAND's Politics Aside 2016 event. Panelists discuss new technology and the price of personalized health care, autonomous vehicles, and the use of data in baseball.

    Nov 12, 2016

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    Scientific Reporting: Raising the Standards

    Explicit standards for transparently describing the essential features of health research studies can help ensure the credibility of research findings.

    Nov 8, 2016

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    Report

    Delaware Stars for Early Success: Final Report

    Based on findings from an evaluation of Delaware's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early care and education programs, RAND provided recommendations for state decisionmakers, including considering further refinements to the rating structure, strengthening quality improvement supports, and enhancing administrative data systems.

    Nov 7, 2016

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    Project

    Evaluating Digital Feedback in Primary Maths

    The Kyra School Alliance seeks to maximise the impact of teachers’ feedback on pupils’ outcome through the use of video. RAND Europe is conducting an efficiency trial of this intervention along with a process evaluation to understand how the intervention improves pupil outcomes.

    Nov 4, 2016

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    Using the Pareto Distribution to Improve Estimates of Topcoded Earnings

    Using Pareto estimation methods with less-censored internal data, we create an enhanced cell-mean series to capture top earnings in the public-use data.

    Nov 4, 2016

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    Project

    Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants

    RAND Europe was commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to conduct an independent evaluation of Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants (MITA) is a programme that aims to develop the ways in which teaching assistants (TAs) can improve students’ outcomes.

    Nov 3, 2016

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    Project

    Evaluating the EC Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

    On behalf of the Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety of the European Commission (DG SANTE), RAND Europe is undertaking an evaluation of the EC Action Plan Against Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

    Nov 3, 2016

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    100 Metrics to Assess and Communicate the Value of Biomedical Research: An Ideas Book

    This report presents 100 ideas for metrics that can be used assess and communicate the value of biomedical research to wider audiences including patients, providers, administrators, and legislators.

    Nov 3, 2016

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    Report

    Estimated Popular Vote Totals for the Presidential Election

    Researchers used the RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey to estimate the popular vote in the U.S. election and determine which candidate Americans think will win.

    Nov 1, 2016

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    Commentary

    Reform of 'Stop and Search' Requires Effective Communication

    The UK's Home Office commissioned the development of a new training package and standard of practice for the use of stop and search. As the program is rolled out nationally, officers need to receive consistent and persuasive messages about the purpose and goals of the training.

    Oct 27, 2016

  • Report

    College of Policing Stop and Search Training Experiment: Process Evaluation

    This report presents findings from the process evaluation of the College of Policing's Stop and Search Training Pilot, produced by RAND Europe, in partnership with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Oxford.

    Oct 27, 2016

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    Report

    Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Fall Prevention Intervention

    An evaluation of a fall prevention intervention found no significant reduction in health care costs or emergency room visits for fall-related injuries.

    Oct 26, 2016

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    Mapping UK mental health research funding and its contribution to global funding: A refined analysis for the UK context

    This briefing provides an analysis across the UK of government support for mental health research, with a particular emphasis on the UK Department of Health. This analysis builds on the project -- Mapping the global mental health research system.

    Oct 21, 2016

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    Calculating the Gross Regional Product of the Kurdistan Region — Iraq: Kurdish translation

    Estimates the gross regional product (GRP) of the Kurdistan Region -- Iraq in 2012 (excluding natural resources) and describes efforts to set up a system for data collection and analysis to support future annual GRP calculation.

    Oct 21, 2016

  • Journal Article

    Establishing Limits for Supplemental Items on a Standardized National Survey

    Response rates for the Medicare Advantage Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (MA CAHPS) survey were 2.5 percentage points lower when 12 questions had been added to the survey, compared with no additional questions.

    Oct 20, 2016

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    Content

    Economics and Econometrics Capabilities at RAND Europe

    RAND Europe employs more than a dozen distinguished economists who support research projects across all sectors and topic areas, using a range of economic and econometric methods.

    Oct 17, 2016