Jan 11, 2019
An innovative approach to defending poor clients prevented more than 1 million days of incarceration over 10 years, without reducing public safety.
RAND Social and Economic Well-Being tackles some of the most critical challenges facing today’s policymakers: fostering healthy and resilient populations and environments, strengthening a fair and effective justice system, and ensuring that individuals and communities can address inequities and prosper.
RAND Social and Economic Well-Being works with the public and private sectors across disciplines to find and implement solutions to complex policy problems.
How do we create conditions and environments that support health and well-being?
The Community Health and Environmental Policy program focuses on such topics as infrastructure, science and technology, community design, community health promotion, migration and population dynamics, transportation, energy, and climate and the environment, as well as other policy concerns that are influenced by the natural and built environment, technology, and community organizations and institutions that affect well-being. Learn more »
How do we create a justice system that is fairer, more efficient, and more effective?
The Justice Policy program addresses key policy issues in the criminal and civil justice systems: effective policing, border security, recidivism, prison reform, access to justice, drug policy, the courts, and the role of corporate ethics and accountability. Learn more »
As a part of the program, the Institute for Civil Justice is dedicated to making the civil justice system more efficient and more equitable.
How do we actively promote policies, actions and behaviors that foster individual, family, household and social well-being?
The Social and Behavioral Policy program focuses on such topics as risk factors and prevention programs, social safety net programs and other social supports, poverty, aging, disability, child and youth health and well-being, and quality of life, as well as other policy concerns that are influenced by social and behavioral actions and systems that affect well-being. Learn more »
We focus on critical issues in localism and regionalism, such as the creation of innovation districts, development of local health and infrastructure plans, implementation of regional energy plans, and the role of appellate courts.
Our work considers the tradeoffs of regulation and deregulation across a range of industries and sectors, such as choices in the regulation of new technologies, supports for those living with disabilities, or energy markets.
We explore issues in governance, such as in the local implementation of resilience and sustainability plans, stewardship of new data in areas such as precision health or smart cities, and use of police review boards and other accountability mechanisms to strengthen police-community trust.
We are invested in the role of civil society, including the use of citizen-guided technologies to support public safety or to apply citizen science to local problem-solving; the role of philanthropy in promoting health and well-being; expectations for the for-profit and nonprofit sectors in disaster response and recovery; and the leadership of the private sector in technology development.
We are committed to not just being a leader in social and economic well-being research, but in ensuring that our work has a positive impact on the world.