Pardee RAND Research & Initiatives

The Pardee RAND Graduate School is unique in offering a doctoral program in policy analysis within an applied policy research setting. RAND provides an environment ideally suited to educating graduate students in policy analysis. RAND offers a range of research opportunities in policy analysis that is unmatched by any other institution. Through our On-the-Job Training requirement, the Pardee RAND curriculum enables students to participate in current RAND research projects.

Featured Research

  • Many Homeless Youth Smokers are Motivated to Quit

    Jul 24, 2015

    Approximately 70 percent of unaccompanied homeless youth are current smokers, and their attempts/desire to quit is often considered to be a low priority. However, many are motivated to quit and are interested in smoking cessation products and services, according to research by Leslie Mullins (cohort '12) and Professor Joan Tucker.

  • The Effect of Attending Full-Day Kindergarten on English Learner Students

    Jul 23, 2015

    Research by Alum Alison Jacknowitz (cohort '99) and Prof. Jill Cannon published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management finds that English learners in Los Angeles benefitted from full-day kindergarten for reading and retention outcomes.

  • Physician Waivers to Prescribe Buprenorphine Increase Access to Effective Treatment Options

    Jun 9, 2015

    The increased number and geographic distribution of physicians obtaining waivers to prescribe buprenorphine has widened potential access to effective treatment for those with addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers, according to research by alum Brad Stein (cohort '97) and RAND colleagues.

  • Pardee Initiative Offers Bold Ideas for Global Human Progress

    Launched in December 2013 with a generous grant from Frederick S. Pardee, the Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress is a new approach to chronic problems faced by the developing world, most notably food insecurity and challenges of urbanization.

  • Student-Led Initiatives

    Pardee RAND encourages students to extend their policy analysis training outside of the classroom, through the International Development Speaker Series, the L.A. Policy Symposium, and other student-led initiatives.

  • RAND Experts to Speak at KATRINA@10

    Anita Chandra and Gary Cecchine will serve as panelists for KATRINA@10, a special event examining the recovery, return, resilience, and enduring vulnerabilities in the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.

  • Opening Iran After the Nuclear Deal

    The nuclear accord paves the way for Iranian-Americans to help Iranians know the United States not for past perceived misdeeds, but future possibilities.