RAND Social and Economic Well-Being Centers and Portfolios

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

Research Centers

  • RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy

    RAND's Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy supports a portfolio of innovative, high-impact racial equity research and analysis, creates a clearinghouse to help coordinate related efforts, and collaborates with organizations dedicated to advancing racial equity.

  • 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.

  • RAND Center on Housing and Homelessness

    The Center on Housing and Homelessness works to address the challenges of providing affordable housing solutions and better understand and serve the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

  • 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.

  • Kenneth R. Feinberg Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation

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

  • RAND Center for Disability Research

    The RAND Center for Disability Research is focused on understanding the impacts of policy, or lack thereof, on equitable access to participation in society for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers.

  • 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.

  • Center for Quality Policing

    The RAND Center for 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.

  • Climate Resilience Center

    The RAND Climate Resilience Center brings together trans-disciplinary research teams to build equitable, use-inspired climate resilience solutions.

Selected Research Portfolios

  • The Impact of Correctional Education

    Policymakers are considering how to reduce mass incarceration in the United States. Correctional education programs can help reduce recidivism and improve post-release employment outcomes. This saves taxpayers money.

  • 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.

  • System Transition Applied Research (STAR) Initiative

    The System Transition Applied Research (STAR) Initiative is focused on developing concepts, strategies, and practical tools for dealing with systemic problems of health, climate, energy, and environmental sustainability, education, prosperity, and national security.

  • Legal, Ethical, and Equity Issues of Artificial Intelligence and Other Technology

    As the promise of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and other technologies expand, it is imperative to consider opportunities to leverage benefits and advance civic well-being, while anticipating and mitigating the potential perils.

  • 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.

  • Mass Migration

    RAND’s interdisciplinary work on mass migration tackles three areas that represent some of the biggest migration policy issues over the next decade: migration resulting from conflict, migration resulting from climate change or natural hazards, and management of migration across the United States southern border.

  • Priority Criminal Justice Needs Initiative

    RAND, 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.

  • Prisoner Recidivism and Reentry

    To understand how formerly incarcerated individuals can successfully reintegrate into society and lead productive lives, RAND researchers investigate methods for preventing recidivism and how to support reentry.

  • Violent Extremism in America

    What factors lead people to join violent extremist organizations? What prompts them to exit extremist groups, and in some cases joining the fight against radicalization?