RAND Social and Economic Well-Being Centers and Initiatives

RAND Social and Economic Well-Being conducts its research through three programs; within those programs are housed multiple ongoing research centers and initiatives, as well as several short-term research projects.

Research Centers

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    Center for the Study of Aging

    The RAND Center for the Study of Aging has conducted objective, independent, interdisciplinary research on aging and the elderly for more than 20 years. It improves public policy through primary data collection as well as secondary data analysis.

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    RAND Institute for Civil Justice

    The RAND Institute for Civil Justice (ICJ), a part of the Justice Policy program, conducts research on all aspects of civil justice, from trends in litigation and jury verdicts to punitive damages, compensation systems, and alternative dispute resolution. Directly or indirectly, civil justice issues have an impact on us all.

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    RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation

    The RAND Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation (CCRMC) seeks to identify and promote laws, programs, and institutions that reduce the adverse social and economic effects of catastrophes.

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    Center for Disability Research

    The RAND Center for Disability Research aims to better understand the social and economic causes and consequences of disability. Research themes include examining the roles of employers, health-care markets, knowledge networks, and social insurance programs.

  • RAND Drug Policy Research Center

    RAND Drug Policy Research Center

    The RAND Drug Policy Research Center conducts research to help decisionmakers in the United States and throughout the world address issues involving alcohol and other drugs.

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    Center on Quality Policing

    The RAND Center on Quality Policing provides research and analysis on contemporary police practice and policy. The Center's work helps law enforcement agencies across the U.S. make better operational decisions and consistently perform at their best.

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    Climate Resilience Center

    The RAND Climate Resilience Center conducts policy research and develops innovative tools to support decisionmakers at all levels of government as they confront challenges presented by climate change.

Selected Research Portfolios

  • Jerome Boone shakes hands with members of the audience after graduating from a computer coding program at San Quentin State Prison in California, April 20, 2015

    Assessing What Works in Correctional Education

    Correctional education helps prisoners better transition to communities upon release. RAND's research in this area has influenced policy at a state and federal level.

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    Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative

    The RAND Corporation, partnering with the Police Executive Research Forum, RTI International, and the University of Denver, is conducting research to assess and prioritize needs across the criminal justice community and to utilize innovation to solve problems and work smarter.

  • Latin American Social Policy Research

    RAND conducts research throughout Latin America and the Latin American population in the United States in the areas of aging, social determinants and consequences of health, saving for retirement, social security coverage, labor market dynamics, and migration.

  • A development engineer at Changan Automobile removes his hands from the steering wheel while the car is on self-driving mode during a test drive in Beijing, China, April 16, 2016

    Autonomous Systems

    Autonomous systems–from cars to aircraft–will change the way we live and work. Self-driving cars and delivery drones, for example, offer the possibility of fundamentally changing transportation. These developments raise complex policy questions.