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

  • Principals Express Satisfaction with Teach For America Teachers

    Sep 24, 2015

    A majority of school principals are satisfied with teachers provided to their campuses through the Teach For America (TFA) program, according to research by Pardee RAND students Mollie Rudnick (cohort '11), Amanda Edelman (cohort '13), and Ujwal Kharel (cohort '11). Principals with more experience rated TFA corps members more highly. Principals who are TFA alumni, along with those at charter schools, were similarly satisfied overall but rated corps members' abilities lower in specific areas.

  • Managing Water Quality in the Face of Uncertainty

    Sep 9, 2015

    In a pilot study for the Environmental Protection Agency's National Water Program, Edmundo Molina-Perez (cohort '11), Abdul Ahad Tariq (cohort '10), and alum Jordan Fischbach (cohort '04) determined that the EPA and its partners can better manage future uncertainty by employing iterative risk management processes and adopting watershed implementation plans that are robust and flexible.

  • Analyzing Unmet Health Care Needs in Teens and Affects on Adult Outcomes

    Sep 4, 2015

    Reported unmet health care need in adolescence is common and is an independent predictor of poor adult health, according to a an article coauthored by alum Mark Schuster (cohort '91). Strategies to reduce unmet adolescent need should address health engagement and care quality, as well as cost barriers to accessing services.

  • 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.

  • CNREP to Hold Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems

    The Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy is holding its 5th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems in New Orleans March 20-22, 2016. This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research and extension in the development and evaluation of coastal resource restoration and management. The deadline for abstract submission is November 20, 2015.

  • Third Annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

    The third annual Workshop on Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty will be held in Delft, the Netherlands. The theme of this year's workshop is "From Theory to Practice – Implementing Deep Uncertainty Methods and Tools." It will focus on exchanging views between researchers and practitioners, among different fields of interest, and among researchers.