RAND Racial Equity Policy Projects

RAND’s work on racial equity policy is growing and extends across disciplines and research areas. As one way to demonstrate RAND’s commitment to advancing equity, several projects focused on racial and ethnic equity were funded in late 2020 by gifts from RAND supporters, income from operations, and independent research and development provisions of RAND’s contracts for the operation of its U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development centers. This slate of RAND-initiated research is currently underway, addressing critical policy questions in education, environmental policy, health care, the justice system, military service members and veterans, and national security.

Racial Equity Policy Research: Q&A Series

Published Research

Assessing the Impact of Military Service on the Lives of Black Americans

Creating Operational Advantage Through Military Diversity​​

Educating Undocumented Immigrant Children

Investigating the U.S. Racial Wealth Gap

Identifying Disparities in Criminal Convictions with Data Science

Identifying Information Gaps in Addressing Anti-Asian Racism

Illustrating the Compounding Effect of Racial Bias

Mapping Environmental Racism

Mitigating Vaccine Hesitancy Among Black Americans

Preventing Identity-Based Violence

Promoting Positive Outcomes for Incarcerated Parents and their Children

Projects in Progress

  • Addressing Racial Disparities in the Military Justice System

    This project investigates why Black service members in the U.S. Air Force are more likely to face disciplinary action and the consequences of these disparities. Led by Shamena Anwar and Nelson Lim.

  • Ensuring Technology is Fair and Equitable Across All Sectors

    RAND is developing software and a toolkit for identifying biases within existing machine learning algorithms and for adjusting those algorithms’ output to minimize any racial inequities resulting from their use. This work extends across military and civilian sectors. Led by Irineo Cabreros and Joshua Snoke.

  • Minority-Owned Businesses and the Defense Industrial Base

    This project fuses disparate data sources on federal contracting and interfirm supply chain connections to build an authoritative database of minority business ownership in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). Led by Jon Schmid and Jonathan Welburn.

  • Supporting Equity-Focused Program Evaluation

    In an effort to enhance RAND’s research on equity, this project is creating a tool providing program evaluators with the resources needed to measure and contextualize systemic or structural inequities in the programs and services offered in communities. Led by Stephanie Brooks Holliday and Dionne Barnes-Proby.