RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy

An illustration of people from diverse racial backgrounds. Image by Lyubov Ivanova / Getty Images

Illustration by Lyubov Ivanova / Getty Images

The RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy uses inclusive and data-driven policy research to move towards policies and systems that create a more equitable playing field. Advancing racial equity means moving beyond focusing on disparities to developing inclusive and equitable solutions that improve society for all.

Led by inaugural director Rhianna C. Rogers, the center takes an innovative approach to highlighting equity issues—including working with a diverse group of collaborators—with the aim of driving meaningful policy development and change.

The center was established in 2020 with funding from donor contributions and RAND's own resources. The center emerged from an effort by RAND to take stock of where it stands on how policy analysis is designed, framed, executed and translated, and the role of factors related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The center’s blueprint was developed with the input of RAND staff, and the center is part of a larger commitment to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the organization’s operations and external engagement.

Research Threads

The center's work is based in several emerging focus areas:

  • Digital equity
  • Media equity
  • Neurodiversity and equity
  • Dispelling inequities and distrust between communities of color
  • Socio-cultural gaming and equity
  • Deliberative conversations
  • Deep learning series
  • Healthy living and mental health
  • Women of color in leadership
  • Arts equity
Read more about the Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy
  • A diverse group of medical staff sitting at a table, listening to a Black doctor speaking, photo by FatCamera/Getty Images

    In Search of an Equity Lens: A Physician's Journey

    Patient health outcomes, communication with providers, and overall patient satisfaction improve when patients and providers share a similar background. Further, diverse work environments may positively impact health care provider job satisfaction. Increasing diversity in health care work settings is a first important step that could help to increase equity and inclusion in these environments.

    Aug 11, 2022


Research and Commentary

We've highlighted a small sample of RAND research and commentary below that addresses the challenge of racial equity from a variety of angles, and across multiple research disciplines.

Health and Well-Being

  • People standing outside a COVID-19 pop-up vaccination site in Newark, New Jersey, photo by U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

    Research Brief

    Putting Equity First in COVID-19 Vaccination

    COVID-19 vaccination rates were significantly lower in U.S. communities of color, contributing to stark inequities in the effects of the virus. The Equity-First Vaccination Initiative shows how a hyper-local approach can increase vaccine confidence and access to help close this gap.

    Aug 24, 2022


  • Students hold signs inside the Kentucky Capitol Rotunda in opposition to bills Kentucky lawmakers say would eradicate critical race theory from state schools, January 12, 2022, photo by Alton Strupp/USA Today via Reuters


    Anti-Bias Education in U.S. Public Schools

    Teaching students explicitly about issues of identity, diversity, equity, and bias can lead to positive outcomes. Nearly three in four K–12 teachers reported that they provide such anti-bias instruction, but more than half said that their school's or district's curriculum materials did not adequately address anti-bias topics.

    Feb 22, 2022

Security and Public Safety

  • RAF troops during the Changing of the Guard ceremony on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, London Britain February 1, 2022 , photo by Dominic Lipinski/Pool via Reuters


    Removing Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion in the Military

    Efforts to improve representation and remove barriers for personnel with protected characteristics are seen as essential steps for modern militaries, but have not gone without controversy. The UK Armed Forces could take a more-strategic approach to leveraging diversity to elevate it as a strategic enabler of military fighting power in the contemporary threat environment.

    Aug 29, 2022

Economic Opportunity

  • Graduates of City College of New York (CCNY) at its 169th commencement ceremony on June 3, 2022, photo by Erik McGregor/Sipa USA/Reuters


    How Does Racial Bias Compound Over Time?

    Even small amounts of racial bias in education, income, and wealth can compound over time to create significant differences in outcomes. A new tool illustrates how varying degrees of bias can add up to large inequities over lifetimes and generations.

    Jul 27, 2022

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