Research and Commentary

RAND’s work on racial equity policy and other equity topics is growing and extends across research areas. We've highlighted a recent sample of RAND research and commentary that addresses equity challenges from a variety of methodological, social, and cultural perspectives, and across multiple research disciplines.

  • Envisioning a New Racial Grievance System for the U.S. Military

    Racial and ethnic bias, harassment, and discrimination threaten the military's ability to meet its mission and create vulnerabilities that adversaries can exploit. How can the racial grievance reporting and redress system be improved to better support minority service members?

    Jan 18, 2024

More research on equity topics

The RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy is working to amplify diverse voices in op-ed writing on topics across the racial equity landscape. Our program aims to diversify the authorship of commentary and provide mentorship and support to writers of different experience levels.

  • Next Steps for the U.S. Strategy to Counter Antisemitism

    On May 25, 2023—before Hamas's October 7 attack on Israel—the Biden administration released a document laying out a strategy to counter antisemitism. What is the meaning and relevance of pursuing this strategy now? And how can policy analysis guide its implementation?

    Mar 5, 2024

  • How Gender Diversity Improves Defense Operations

    It's U.S. defense policy to make sure women play a meaningful role in matters of war, peace, and security. This includes embedding women's perspectives in decisionmaking. Real-world examples show the benefits of applying a gender lens to military planning and operations.

    Jan 9, 2024

  • A Case for Promoting Infrastructure Equity for the Olympics

    In 2028, Los Angeles will host the Olympic Games for the third time. A critical factor for successfully hosting will be for planners to ask hard questions early, so the community can collaborate with the organizing committee, informing its response to critical themes such as homes, health, transport, jobs, society, and culture.

    Oct 16, 2023

    Cristian Cardenas

  • Public Health's Failure to Communicate with Communities of Color

    Misinformation thrived during the pandemic, exacerbating health inequities. To meet its core mission, the public health field needs to engage more actively, particularly in communities it has historically failed to equitably protect.

    May 17, 2023

    Joie D. Acosta

  • To Help African Americans Gain Generational Wealth, Look to the Housing Market

    African American families have significantly less wealth than White families, even after reaching the middle class. Home ownership is, for the vast majority of Americans, the primary vehicle for accruing wealth, and passing it down through generations. This is a crucial time for policymakers to consider policies that focus on improving home ownership rates for African Americans.

    Dec 7, 2022

    Jessica Welburn Paige

  • Keeping Teachers of Color in the Classroom Will Take More Than a Pay Raise

    All students—but particularly Black and Latinx students—benefit academically and socially from having teachers who are people of color. Policymakers and education leaders can help these teachers stay in the profession by making teaching more financially sustainable and fostering collegial relationships within school communities.

    Dec 1, 2022

    Elizabeth D. Steiner , Ashley Woo, et al.

  • The Impact of Racism on Patient Safety

    Minoritized patients are at high risk of experiencing what the medical field calls “patient safety events.” But the way the U.S. health care system tracks patient safety too often makes their experiences invisible. Better reporting would allow hospitals and other providers to identify disparities in care, and to address them.

    Oct 26, 2022

  • Reforming Policing: A Neighborhood-by-Neighborhood Perspective

    Disparities in policing outcomes, so often associated with race and ethnicity, have led to divisive discourse on the necessity of police reform in America. So how might we make progress on police reform? Ultimately, the community, in collaboration with local public officials, should determine what it means to serve and protect.

    Sep 28, 2022

    Elicia M. John

  • 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

    Linda Slapakova