Pardee RAND Graduate School students participate in many RAND research projects through their On-the-Job Training. These projects provide students with tremendous opportunities to publish their work in RAND reports and peer-reviewed journals. In fact, many of our students develop an impressive publications record during their tenure at PRGS, which enables them to compete successfully for positions at universities and other research institutions.
Below is a list of publications that our students have recently authored or co-authored. The list provides an excellent illustration of the range of publications that our students have had a hand in developing.
Hours of Opportunity, Volume 1: Lessons from Five Cities on Building Systems to Improve After-School, Summer School, and Other Out-of-School-Time Programs — September 13, 2010
The Wallace Foundation sponsored an initiative to help five cities increase collaboration, access, quality, information sharing, and sustainability in their out-of-school-time systems. The first in this three-volume series describes the cities' early work under the grant and analyzes the conditions and activities that contributed to their progress in building a coordinated system of services to meet the initiative's goals.
Hours of Opportunity, Volume 2: The Power of Data to Improve After-School Programs Citywide — September 13, 2010
The Wallace Foundation sponsored an initiative to help five cities increase collaboration, access, quality, information sharing, and sustainability in their out-of-school-time systems. The second in this three-volume series describes how Wallace Foundation grantees and three other cities used management information systems to collect and use data on out-of-school-time programs, including enrollment, attendance, and student outcomes.
Building a More Resilient Haitian State: French translation of summary — August 24, 2010
La prospérité future d'Haïti et la paix dans ce pays requièrent la construction d'un État plus solide. Ce rapport passe en revue les nombreux défis auxquels est confrontée la République d'Haïti, ainsi que les projets de réforme envisagés, afin d'identifier les priorités les plus nécessaires, réalisables et durables dans le domaine de la construction étatique.
Haiti's future prosperity and peace require building a more effective, resilient state. RAND researchers identified Haiti's main challenges and recommended a set of state-building priorities that are necessary, feasible, and sustainable.
Building a More Resilient Haitian State — August 6, 2010
Hope for a prosperous and peaceful future for Haiti lies in building a more effective, resilient state. This report identifies the main challenges to more capable governance, evaluates existing plans for improving the delivery of public services, and proposes a realistic set of critical actions. The proposed state-building priorities merit the greatest degree of Haiti's and international donors' policy attention and financial commitment.
The U.S. government is facing the dual challenge of building its own interagency capacity for conducting stability operations while simultaneously building partner capacity (BPC) for stability operations. This study finds that although BPC and stability operations are receiving a good deal of attention in official strategy and planning documents, insufficient attention is being paid to the details of an integrated strategy.
Medicare Facts and Figures Chartbook — May 3, 2010
Provides a factual framework to help consumer advocates, health care providers, and policymakers better understand California's Medicare population and inform their efforts to design programs and policies that meet beneficiaries' needs.
This report summarizes the views of 55 leading researchers in the United States, the European Union, Switzerland, and Russia regarding the competitiveness of Japanese research in 25 fields in the life sciences, environmental science, information and communication technology, and nanotechnology and materials science.
Unique Framework Helps Louisiana Community Prioritize Its Investments in Children and Families — February 19, 2010
The Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier selected education, health, and poverty as the focus for funding related to children and families. The Foundation asked RAND to help further narrow the priorities, and this framework helps the Foundation prioritize investments by identifying the intersection of local needs, community assets, and evidence-based best practices.
Cost and Health Consequences of Air Pollution in California — February 15, 2010
Examines how California's failure to meet federal air quality standards has affected hospitalizations and insurers' costs.
The Impact of Air Quality on Hospital Spending — January 15, 2010
Air pollution is harmful to human health, but little is known about the costs of pollution-related health care. This study estimated the effect of air pollution on medical spending: The authors determined how much failing to meet air quality standards cost various purchasers of hospital care in California over 2005-2007.
Measuring the Physical Food Environment and Its Relationship with Obesity: Evidence from California — January 1, 2010
This study proposes an alternative measure to the Retail Food Environment Index (RFEI) called the 'Physical Food Environment Indicator' (PFEI), and tests its association with adult body mass index (BMI) and obesity in California.
Self-reported Unmet Need for Mental Health Care After California's Parity Legislation — January 1, 2010
Following passage of mental health parity legislation in California, perceived need for mental health care services increased significantly for all groups, regardless of insurance, resulting in a net increase of unmet need among the privately insured, among those with public insurance, and among the uninsured.
Documentation for the Calculating Uncertainty in Biomass Emissions Model, Version 1.0 (CUBE 1.0): Contents and Use — January 1, 2010
This report accompanies the Calculating Uncertainty in Biomass Emissions model, version 1.0 (CUBE 1.0), and provides explanation of model content and use. It is intended to complement extensive documentation contained in the model itself. CUBE 1.0, available for download on the NETL website, determines the life cycle GHG emissions of biomass feedstocks from planting the biomass to delivery to the bioenergy plant gate ("farm-to-gate"). Included are emissions associated with feedstock production, transportation, and processing. The feedstocks in CUBE 1.0 include three dedicated energy crops (corn grain, switchgrass, and mixed prairie biomass) and two biomass residues (forest residue and mill residue)
Priorities for Investments in Children and Families in Caddo and Bossier Parishes: Application of a Unique Framework for Identifying Priorities — December 31, 2009
Describes a decisionmaking framework designed to help the Louisiana community of Shreveport-Bossier prioritize its investments in children and families. The framework is focused on the intersection of needs, assets, and best practices and can be applied in many other settings.
Catalysts of Entrepreneurship -- Policies for Growth: International Conference on Entrepreneurship — November 19, 2009
The first International Conference on Entrepreneurship was held at the Indian School of Business on June 5–6, 2009. Participants presented research on and discussed policy issues affecting the growth of entrepreneurship in India, with special emphasis on education and the effective utilization of infrastructure. This document summarizes the proceedings and includes several of the speakers' presentations.
Toward Affordable Systems: Portfolio Analysis and Management for Army Science and Technology Programs — September 17, 2009
U.S. Army leadership has called for consideration of lifecycle cost at system design and technology development stages so that adjustments can be made early enough to ensure affordability. This study developed and demonstrated a method and model to incorporate lifecycle cost into the portfolio analysis and management process for Army Science and Technology programs.
Strengthening U.S. International Energy Assistance to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improve Energy Security — September 10, 2009
International energy-assistance programs are a potentially important tool for addressing the challenges of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and increasing U.S. energy security. This study reviews U.S. programs and compares them with German programs, which take a different, more centralized approach. Insights from recent studies of U.S. energy and climate policy are presented, along with recommendations for further investigation.
The Mujahedin-e Khalq in Iraq: A Policy Conundrum — July 28, 2009
The U.S. government classified members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), a cult and designated foreign terrorist organization that was listed as an enemy force in Iraq, as civilian protected persons rather than combatant prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions. A RAND study of this controversial decision recommends that MeK members be repatriated to Iran, which has promised amnesty to the group and appears to have upheld its commitment.
International Comparison of Ten Medical Regulatory Systems: Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, South Africa and Spain — May 18, 2009
This study was commissioned by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) to provide an evidence base on the systems of medical regulation in place in the countries of origin of doctors seeking to enter the UK and obtain registration to practise.
The Costs of Methamphetamine Use: A National Estimate — April 8, 2009
The economic cost of methamphetamine use reached more than an estimated $23 billion in 2005, mostly from the intangible burden that addiction places on dependent users and their premature mortality and from crime and criminal justice costs.
The Economic Cost of Methamphetamine Use in the United States, 2005 — January 27, 2009
This first national estimate of the economic cost of methamphetamine (meth) use in the United States suggests that costs reached $23.4 billion in 2005. The analysis, with a lower-bound estimate of $16.2 billion and an upper-bound estimate of $48.3 billion, considers the burden of addiction, premature death, drug treatment, lost productivity, crime and criminal justice, health care, production and environmental hazards, and child endangerment.
Crime Trends and the Effect of Mandated Drug Treatment: Evidence from California's Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act — January 1, 2009
The Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act (SACPA), implemented statewide in California in July 2001, mandates drug treatment rather than incarceration for certain nonviolent drug offenders.
Rebuilding Affordable Housing on the Gulf Coast: Lessons Learned in Mississippi from Hurricane Katrina — December 22, 2008
To support development of affordable housing for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina and for the region's newcomers, researchers from the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute studied Mississippi housing and made recommendations for policymakers.
Between politics and clinics -- the many faces of biomedical policy in Europe: Analysis of drivers and outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies policy -- Volume II: Three country case studies — November 16, 2008
A policy analysis of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (e.g. IVF, ICSI) regulation, funding, and health consequences in France, Italy and the UK.