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

  • Are Incentives to Join Workplace Wellness Programs Effective?

    May 11, 2015

    About four-fifths of U.S. employers with more than 1,000 employees offer workplace health and wellness programs, but employee participation is limited. Employers are experimenting with controversial incentives to encourage participation. Students John Caloyeras (cohort '09) and Ben Batorsky (cohort '12), along with professors Soeren Mattke, Hangsheng Liu, and Sydne Newberry, examined what makes programs effective.

  • Online Training Can Teach Psychotherapists Evidence-Based Treatments

    May 5, 2015

    Psychotherapy treatments can lag years behind what research has shown to be effective because there simply are not enough clinicians trained in new methods. But Pardee RAND alum Brad Stein (cohort '97) and colleagues find that e-learning can be as successful as in-person instruction for teaching psychotherapists how to use newer evidence-based treatments.

  • Have Beyond Yellow Ribbon Programs Met Their Goals?

    May 4, 2015

    Beyond Yellow Ribbon funding supports programs intended to provide critical outreach services to personnel returning from deployments and ease their transition into civilian life. An assessment by Mollie Rudnick (cohort '11), alum Lindsay Daugherty (cohort '05), and professor Laura Werber, looking at 13 such programs, can help stakeholders and congressional policymakers as they consider future BYR allocations.

  • 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.

  • The Future of Marijuana

    Multiple states have moved to decriminalize or legalize marijuana since 2012, but the prospect of legalizing it remains controversial. RAND expert Beau Kilmer will discuss the various options jurisdictions are considering, ranging from making marijuana a for-profit industry to blanket prohibition.

  • International Development Speaker Series Talk Examines Mining and Socioeconomic Outcomes in Peru

    World Bank lead economist Norman Loyaza visits Pardee RAND as part of the IDSS, to discuss the impact of mining activity on socioeconomic outcomes in local communities in Peru.