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Science, technology, and innovation policy shapes the science and research enterprise, with the goal of directing its activities to serve public needs. RAND experts have explored how to incentivize high-value products in the health care sector, examined government options for promoting and accelerating innovation in housing, and determined how to design "prizes" that spur breakthroughs.

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    National Security Commission on AI Requests New Ideas; RAND Responds

    Feb 21, 2020

    The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence put out an open call for submissions about emerging technology's role in the global order. RAND researchers stepped up to the challenge and submitted a wide range of ideas.

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    The Right Technology Can Help Refugees Stay Connected

    Mar 11, 2020

    Nearly 71 million people globally are displaced by conflict and persecution. There have been some real advances in technology to help them, but innovations have often been fragmented, without a larger vision. A more strategic approach to technology could better serve their needs.

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    Criminal Justice Technology Taxonomy Web Tool

    This tool presents a dynamic map populated by information on tools and practices that allow the user to explore the different areas of corrections technology and practice and to make comparisons between community and institutional corrections.

    Feb 2, 2015

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    Spotlight on 2014

    Spotlight 2014 is RAND Europe’s annual review. We present our research to support policymaking in four areas of transformation: harnessing the power of ICT, safeguarding society, building healthier communities and innovating for efficiency.

    Jan 27, 2015

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    Commentary

    Advice for Defense Innovators

    Today's leaders should follow the example of their predecessors and closely evaluate a few well-defined scenarios, such as a Chinese invasion of Taiwan or a Russian invasion of a NATO member state to determine the most serious gaps in U.S. and allied capabilities.

    Jan 12, 2015

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    Foresight and Optimisation in Horizon 2020

    As digital technology becomes more relevant in diverse aspects of our economy and society, it is important to anticipate changes in technology and how we use it. This understanding is particularly important for Horizon 2020, the EU’s 7-year research and innovation funding programme.

    Jan 12, 2015

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    New Tool Helps Corrections Agencies Rank Innovation Needs

    Institutional and community corrections agencies are facing increasingly complex tasks and challenges that call for innovative tools, technology, practices, and approaches. Given resource constraints, prioritizing needs is essential. A new tool can help.

    Jan 6, 2015

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    Interactive Tool for Ranking Corrections Innovation Needs

    Interactive tool that allows users to leverage the research in Fostering Innovation in Community and Institutional Corrections.

    Jan 6, 2015

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    Commentary

    ACTA Revisited? TTIP and Data Privacy

    The EU has embarked on negotiations with the U.S. on the TTIP, which shares some of ACTA's goals. This time, though, the European Commission is seeking to make the talks more transparent by publishing a series of position papers on key issues very early on in the process. This is a step in the right direction toward an agreement that will have economic benefits for a net-exporting region of intellectual property such as the EU.

    Nov 26, 2014

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    Venture Research: Fostering trust and freedom in research funding

    We describe BP's Venture Research Unit, a funding initiative in 1980-1990 that targeted researchers with radical ideas. This report is based on the books Pioneering Research and Scientific Freedom by Donald Braben, who ran the programme.

    Nov 13, 2014

  • Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner-designate Carlos Moedas of Portugal waits for the start of his hearing before the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, at the EU Parliament in Brussels September 30, 2014

    Commentary

    Global Collaboration Needs a Firmer Evidence Base

    Policymakers should carry out a robust evaluation to assess the EU's research collaboration to date and its impacts. This review should also compare the EU's portfolio with the achievements of other players in international research. Such evidence would enhance the EU's research procurement strategy.

    Nov 10, 2014

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    The international dimension of research and innovation cooperation addressing the grand challenges in the global context

    Horizon 2020, the EU's biggest research funding programme, allows the EU to play a central role in solving some of the world's grand societal challenges. This brief informs EU policy decisionmaking on research and innovation funding.

    Oct 23, 2014

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    Announcement

    Pardee RAND Graduate School Receives $1 Million Gift, Establishes Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Scholarship

    A $1 million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick will help Ph.D. candidates at the Pardee RAND Graduate School receive exceptional training today to embark on careers in public service.

    Oct 22, 2014

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    The Power of Innovation to Drive Inclusive Growth: Proceeds from the 2014 L.A. Policy Symposium

    Video of the 8th Annual L.A. Policy Symposium,

    Oct 22, 2014

  • Report

    Identification and Analysis of Technology Emergence Using Patent Classification

    This report describes a new approach to identifying and evaluating technological emergence by analyzing connections among different technology areas using the definitions of technology areas set forth by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    Sep 17, 2014

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    RAND Review: Vol. 38, No. 2, Summer 2014

    The cover story discusses the rising wave of cybercrime and possible responses to it, while other features highlight research on medical innovation and U.S. security cooperation, plus public policy insights from Victor Hugo.

    Aug 7, 2014

  • Former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole speaking at the 2014 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement

    Blog

    Sen. Elizabeth Dole Urges Graduates to Use Storytelling to Advance Policy

    Facts and objective analysis are important, but for policy analysts to make a difference in the real world they also have to be able to tell a story, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said at the June 21 Pardee RAND Graduate School commencement.

    Jun 24, 2014

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    Commentary

    What Drives the Market for Orphan Drugs?

    The 1983 Orphan Drug Act appears to be successful in promoting development of new treatments for relatively rare conditions. But an unintended consequence of its success is the high cost of specialty drugs.

    May 14, 2014

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    Next: Breakthrough Technologies for National Security

    Listen in as RAND’s 2014 Haskins Fellow Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, speaks on technology as a cornerstone of national security.

    May 8, 2014

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    Commentary

    How Technology Can Help Save Health Care Dollars

    Devising methods to stimulate patients' use of computers, smart phones, and other technology to become more engaged in their health care could usher in an era in which better health is just a click or tap away.

    May 6, 2014

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    Commentary

    10 Ways Innovation Could Help Cure the U.S. Health Spending Problem

    Many studies grapple with how to control spending by considering changing how existing technologies are used. But what if the problem could be attacked at its root by changing which drugs and devices are invented in the first place?

    Apr 29, 2014

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    Commentary

    Health Care Innovation: The Challenge Ahead

    Substantial progress could be made toward the goals of reducing spending and increasing value by altering the financial incentives faced by inventors, investors, payers, providers, and patients.

    Apr 22, 2014